Lexington business owners unhappy after event moved

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LEXINGTON, N.C. -- Business owners in Uptown Lexington are not happy after a street resurfacing project caused a large community event to be relocated.

The N.C. Criterium State Championships was scheduled for Lexington in mid-July. It has since been moved to Winston-Salem after concerns that the streets may not be safe for cyclists.

Mayor Newell Clark – who plans to meet with DOT official on Monday – said losing the race will mean businesses will lose revenue.

But Jim Martin – head of the criterium that raises money for multiple sclerosis – says the loose gravel is just not safe for cyclists.

“With the resurfacing that the state did, the way they did it, it’s just not safe for racers,” he said. “Skinny bicycle tires going 30 miles an hour and trying to turn on that stuff doesn't do real good.”

Martin said the 250 cyclists and around 2,000 spectators are relocating the 3-quarter of a mile race to the Herbalife property in Winston-Salem.

Business owners like Jeanne Leonard with the Candy Factory said they hate to see the race relocated.

“That will differently have an economic impact on our business,” Leonard said.

The race is scheduled for July 12 and 13 from 5-11 p.m. at the Herbalife site --- which is the former Dell plant in southeastern Winston-Salem.