It's a day cyclists have been waiting for... more than 600 hundred cyclists will be taking over the streets of Rock Island.
Parts of the downtown area are closed off today in preparation for the big races.
But it's taking a toll on local business.
"The fact that you can't get parking up close and you have to maneuver around just to park here, I believe is making it difficult for the customers and they're just going someplace else to eat," says Maria Sanchez, Manager, Koffee Break.
Maria Sanchez manages Koffee Break and she says they aren't seeing the green today.
"We haven't really had much business. We're normally in the mornings we have our good crowd that comes in, our regulars that come in the morning, they have not been here today."
One couple came out to eat breakfast, but had trouble finding the place through the maze of cones.
"I was like, oh dear, how do we get to it? So we finally wiggled around and got to a spot," says Betty Christian, Moline resident.
And it's not just the restaurants taking a hit; folks trying to get to a wedding at the establishment theatre will have to make do with parking.
"The races won't be going on, but you know it's a little bit more difficult for parking. But where don't you find problems parking. I mean it really doesn't matter. You have to walk an extra 30 feet. No big deal," says Jeff Adamson, Owner, The Establishment Theatre.
But hopefully all that will change tomorrow.
The races are expected to bring in 1.2 million dollars.
And the race director says it will be a big boom for business with rider coming in from around the world.
Quad Citians we talked to say they're excited for bikers to take over the streets.
"I think it's great for the economy and people coming from out of the city to see what Rock Island has to offer," says Andrew Schwidt, going to Criterium.
As for staff at the Koffee Break, they're hoping tomorrow's race will make up for today's business.
"Hopefully, I am so hopeful," says Sanchez.
The races start at 8 tomorrow and are free to come out and watch.
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