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Criterium Race On The Move

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It's an annual race that draws a crowd. 

For the last 48 years, some of the best racers from around the U.S. and the world have been coming to the Quad Cities for a bike race, called the Criterium. 

For the last 16 years, that race has been held in The District of Rock Island. 

But that could be heading to the Village of East Davenport as soon as this year. 

650 races are looking to compete this year, drawing crowds as large 2,000.

Nearly 3,000 people spending money of food, drinks and hotels. 

Money Rock Island businesses say they are going to miss.

"It's probably one of the busiest days of the year," says Jilly McWhorter, a barista at a coffee house along the Rock Island Route. "People tend to camp out in front and it's a really long day, especially for the bike riders."

She says racers and fans love to stop at her business to grab a drink or something to eat during the long race day. 

Now, that money could be going across the river. 

"I'm sure it would be a big dent in business. Especially that day. So we would like to keep that over here," says McWhorter. "We want to keep it here so , with everything going to Iowa, it would really hurt our feelings."

But in the Village in Davenport, business owners are hoping to see a major boom to their sales with the race in front of their stores. 

"It's bringing outside people here. It gives them a chance to come into our shops and I think it'd be awesome actually," says Tom Lagomarcino, Owner of Lagomarcino's.

He has had a store in the Village for a long time. 

Now, he believes something like the Criterium could take the historic area, into the future. 

"I think sometimes the Village as a group will take two steps forward and one step back. We're always making some progress like this."

The Criterium moving isn't a set plan just yet. 

The Davenport city council still needs to approve the event taking place in the city. 

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