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Colorado Springs traffic gridlocked by Colorado Classic

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The Colorado Classic caused some major traffic issues for almost everyone trying to get around Colorado Springs all day and in to early evening.

Some businesses, including many hotels were happy the cyclists were here but it was a different story for some of the businesses in Old Colorado City, who saw a much slower day of sales because of the race and the road closures.

"Looks like a Tour de France event with all of the follow cars and motor cycles, it's awesome!" Jon Harp, a Monument resident that came to watch the race said.

It's not everyday you have an event of this scale move in to your own backyard.

"We had a little bit of a tricky time getting down here, maybe a 20 minute delay on I-25 getting past Bijou," Harp said.

Jon Harp was one of countless people stuck in gridlocked traffic.

More than 15 and a half miles of roads shut down for the race from downtown to Garden of the Gods, forcing gridlock on the surrounding highways as well.

"It was like riding in a bowl of spaghetti, just going all over and then stop and then turning and going everywhere, it was kind of slow going down Highway 24," Tom Rollings, a Buena Vista resident said.

"It's really, I'm going to say, almost dangerous because there was so much traffic," Mazie Baalman, owner of the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory on Colorado Avenue said.

Chances are, if you were anywhere nearby, you were also stuck in the stop and go traffic that carried on all day long.

"The nature of the beast, you have a big bike race, you have to expect some detours but it was like all over town," Rollings said.

Even with some spectators around, some Old Colorado City businesses didn't see much traffic as the bikes raced by.

"It's a lot of fun but it really detours people from coming and shopping up and down the area so it's kind of a lost business day," Baalman said.

But closer to the finish line, a much different story for shops on Tejon.

"A lot of functions and things that happen down here help business a lot because it gets people down here and it gets them to understand what's going on with this store," Antonia Aguilar, an employee at Carlie's Convenience said.

The traffic though, a fair trade-off for the cycling enthusiasts that took a front row seat.

"I think any city that has unique events is going to have to pay the price for having crowds," Harp said.

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