RIP 2009 Priority Health Grand Cycling Classic

In case you hadn’t heard, this two year old criterium through downtown Grand Rapids has been cancelled for 2009.  (EDIT: the ride isn’t cancelled yet, but will likely not be as large.  The Bissell Cycling team is still looking for sponsors to help put on a smaller event.)  According to the story by Grand Rapids Press’ Brian VanOchten (link to story), Priority Health pulled their title sponsorship because of the down economy. This race was a fantastic compliment to the other happenings downtown during Celebration on the Grand in September.

As yet another victim of the recession we are currently dealing with, I am very sad to see it go. However, I can understand Priority Health trimming their “fat” like many other companies are currently doing in anticipation of a slow 2009.  If you enjoyed the race and want to see them bring it back in the future, be sure to email Amy Miller at Priority Health and let her know! If they hear from enough people, it may influence their decision to bring it back in 2010.

Here are a few photos I took from the 2008 event:
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You can find more photos on Flickr, both mine and taken by others.