LOUIVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Louisville is hosting the Cyclo-Cross World Championships, but the city's financial gain will mean delays for commuters getting into and out of downtown.
For the first time in the championship's 63 year history it will be held outside of Europe in Eva Bandman Park, located on River Road has been transformed into an obstacle course for the event that will host 300 bikers from 25 countries on February 2 and 3.
Karl Schmitt with the Louisville Sports Commission explained how grueling the competition is for riders, "They go on pavement, they go through grass, through sand, mud, they're forced off their bikes to pick them up and go through man made and natural barriers and it's referred to as the participants as an hour of pain."
The course is about 1.2 miles long and took 3 and a half years to build.
During the two day event there will be four championships, divided by age.
River Road is now closed between Frankfort Avenue and Edith Road and will not reopen until February 5.
Despite the road closure and detours a Stoplite Liquor Owner Stephen Shoemaker said he is planning on staying open and looks forward to the crowds stopping in during the Cyclo-Cross, "I'm excited that they're all, you know, European, we'll probably get some interesting wine shoppers in here."
Shoemaker said in addition to wine out of town shoppers may be interested in beer they cannot get back home and Kentucky Bourbon.
The championship will bring and estimated $5 million to Louisville.
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