We are sad to report that another bike race is claimed by COVID-19. The Great Deer Chase is canceled for 2020. It was a tough decision, and we waited as long as we could before making the call. However, due to continuing uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, we could not justify hosting our favorite event of the year in the middle of such turbulent times. Our community's health and well-being are number one, and we did not want to put fun ahead of responsibility.
Thank you to all who have registered for your patience as we tried to make this work. We are prepared to refund your cost of registration or you may choose to donate it to the trails. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know if you would like a refund check or to use your registration as a donation.
We'd like to thank all of our sponsors for supporting us through these uncertain times and being flexible with us as our plans changed from race, to time trial, to the cancellation of the event. An exceptional thanks go out to Marc Norton and those on the planning committee for ideating ways to socially distance ourselves from others during each race.
We appreciate everyone's interest in the Great Deer Chase and are disappointed we won't be able to see you all later this summer. Calumet remains open for business (as long as you're wearing a mask), and our trails are in prime condition, so plan a time to make a trip north. We invite you to grab a burger from the Michigan House, a coffee from Keweenaw Coffee, a beautiful floral arrangement from Calumet Floral, pick up some new accessories from Cross Country Sports, or patron our other supporters. There are still plenty of memories to be made, and we encourage you to discover what makes this place so unique. For now, take a ride and enjoy these gorgeous summer days. We look forward to celebrating with you again soon.
-Great Deer Chase Planning Committee