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OKLAHOMA CITY - The cycling community is gearing up for a popular cycling festival.

Those who attend the Wheeler Criterium cycling races will see clinches fists, hardcore helmets and intense faces.

One Oklahoma City cycling team says they are ready for the race.

DNA Racing is the only domestic elite racing team in the state. Their cycling community is growing in the city.

"Just in the last few years we've seen the number of people commuting go up. The number of people racing bikes has gone up," Chad Hodges, with DNA Racing, said.

"I think as more people ride the roads become more friendly," Hodges said.

The course will be held at the Downtown OKC Airpark.

Wheeler District officials say the Wheeler Criterium is all part of a larger effort to revitalize the area.

"One of the goals for the Wheeler District is to be Oklahoma's most bicycle friendly neighborhood," Ashley Terry, with the Wheeler District, said.

It’s something they say the public is asking them to do.

"People want to utilize their bicycles in every day transportation," Terry said.

The Wheeler Criterium starts next Tuesday and will run every week through September 9.

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