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It has a new venue this year, but the annual Quad Cities Criterium will be happening in just over two weeks, on Memorial Day. 

This is the first year moving to the Village of East Davenport, after spending over 10 in the Rock Island Downtown. 

Now, crews are working to make the new course, as smooth as possible. 

This Winter, John Harrington, President of the Quad City Bike Club, met with Davenport city leaders, going over the proposed course so they would know which streets would need fixing. 

"We asked them, what kind of dangers are we look for with these high pressure, small tires moving at a high rate of speed," says Davenport Public Works Director Mike Clarke. 

Now that the weather is getting nicer, crews are getting to work, fixing drains, crack and potholes. 

"We were looking for things that would be dangerous for participants as well as people watching," Clarke explains. "With the Criterium, we don't want a bicycle to hit a bump or a crack, and have them go careening off the track and hit a bunch of kids."

Crews believe everything will be fixed on the roads by next week, making for a fast racing surface on Memorial Day. 600 racers from around the world will be coming, and organizers expect quite a crowd. 
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