The 32nd Annual Cascade Cycling Classic, the longest running stage race in North America began Tuesday night with the "Prolog" in Central Oregon. The CCC is one of the mosty highly anticipated events in the region, because of the economic impact the event brings. “You kniow, cycling I not just fun and games in Central Oregon. Cycling, and specifically these bike races, are a major piece of our tourism industry and our tourism industry is a major piece of our overall economy.” Visit Bend President Doug La Placa says there are thousands of competitors in town for the event. It’s a huge boost to the summer economy.