Up to the minute closings and delays

New race rolls into town

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OKLAHOMA CITY-- If you tried to get around downtown Saturday, you probably ran into a few road blocks.

A new set of wheels took to the streets of Oklahoma City and spun up thousands of dollars for charity in the process.

"This is about Oklahoma City bringing cycling into automobile alley," Event Organizer  Chad Hughes said. "This is the first time there's been a cycling event held in Oklahoma City in this area, and we're happy to be a part of it."

This is a first for the OKC Pro-Am Challenge, a very competitive cycling event that brought in cyclists from several states for a chance to win thousands of dollars in prize money. It's where bikes take on automobiles - automobile alley, that is.

"In talking with SandRidge Energy we were looking for something to bring into the community," Hughes said. "Automobile Alley sounded like the perfect fit."

Men, women and even kids participated in the race.

The Women's Crowd Prime Challenge was an attempt to set the record for the largest prime in the country, not bad for a first year bike event in Oklahoma.

"It's great. The turnout's been great. It looks great. It's going off great," Hughes said. "Hopefully we'll be back next year doing it bigger and better."

 "This is a great event to have for Oklahoma City," spectator Zach French said. "I look forward to watching all the pros later on in the evening." 

 In addition to giving away free children's helmets, the event raised about $20,000.

 All proceeds go to the White Fields Boys Home.