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Hundreds of cyclists invading Louisville for weekend's USA Cycling national championship

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Hundreds of cyclists invade Louisville this holiday weekend.

The USA Cycling Amateur Road National Championship runs through Sunday. The competition is a qualifier for some age groups for the world championship.

There are 850 cyclists competing from across the country.

The course runs through Cherokee Park.

"It's a really unique course," said Tara McCarthy, USA Cycling national events manager. "It's a short course for a road race, but there's a lot of undulating terrain that you wouldn't really know is in here until you ride it. So they're doing over 300 feet of climbing each lap, so multiply that by 23 laps for our longer courses, and that's quite a lot of climbing through here."

The cyclists are going at least 30 miles per hour during the races, which take about four to four-and-a-half hours to finish.

The racing means some road closures in Louisville. Much of Cherokee Park is closed to traffic. It's expected to be closed through 9 p.m. Saturday.

More than 30 barricades are placed around the park boundary and interior roads.

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