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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Saturday is a big day in Tucson, as El Tour de Tucson will take over a number of streets in the area. 

With thousands of cyclists and fans cheering them on, restaurants, hotels and other local businesses are seeing more foot traffic this weekend.

There are several weekends during the year, where many of the hotels are packed and El Tour is one of those weekends. 

According to Pima County, a 2009 survey showed that on average a rider will spend more than $700 in the county.  They also say the annual impact of the ride is estimated at almost $80 million.  The City of Tucson puts $25,000 into the ride, while Pima County will put more than $50,000 in.

More than 30,000 people are expected to line the route.  There will be between 8,000 to 9,000 cyclists participating in the ride and most of them will need to be getting their carbs in, so expect to find some restaurants to be packed as well.

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