Iceman Cometh canceled for 2020

Chris Dobrowolski

KALKASKA — The first weekend in November will certainly be quieter locally this year than it has in many years.

That’s because the annual Iceman Cometh Challenge cycling race, held for the past 30 years in the first days of November, won’t be happening in 2020. The event made the announcement in a blog post by Race Director Cody Sovis on the official web site on Thursday, Aug. 20, just over two months before this year’s race was supposed to be held.

“There were many reasons to cancel the event and very few feasible ways to put on anything that resembled the quality race that’s become such an institution in bike racing,” Sovis said in the blog. “First, I think it’s important to say that even if we could have put on the race, bringing over 4,000 people to our region during a pandemic would have been dangerous. Especially with many kids heading back to school, it was impossible to forecast what conditions would look like not just in Traverse City, but in major population centers like Detroit, Ann Arbor, Grand Rapids, Lansing, and other places that send their best riders north for the weekend.”

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