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Roads closed as city prepares for Bike Race Weekend

Jenny Collins Jenny Collins

Pine Avenue and West Broad Avenue from North Jackson Street, up to Front Street will be closed Saturday with races starting at 9 a.m. and running all the way through 6:30 p.m.

The road closures will be just a minor inconvenience, outweighed by the economic boost and the attention Albany will get from the festivities. More than 400 racers are registered for the event, bringing new eyes and business to the Good Life City. Officials say it's great for Albany.

"We have cyclists coming in from Alabama, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, we even had some from Colorado, California and New York coming in," said Welcome Center manager Jenny Collings.  "When they are coming in they are spending time in our hotels, our restaurants, our gas stations as well as our retail places."

This year's event has a new name, Albany Unchained.

The event will move to Lee County on Sunday with a 34 mile road race along New York and Chokee Roads.



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