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Competitive bike race in West Branch delayed until May 2021

WEST BRANCH — MidMichigan Health Foundation had made the decision to postpone the highly anticipated Road Race Classic bicycle race scheduled for May 30 in West Branch until May of 2021.

The race was slated to bring in cyclists from across the state with entry fees designated to support Compassionate Needs Fund at MidMichigan Medical Center-West Branch.

The foundation team has been in close contact with USA Cycling. All race permits are currently on hold due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Nicole Potter, director, fund development, said the decision did not come easily.

“We were so excited to bring this race back to West Branch, but the health and safety of athletes, community members and staff are priority at this time,” she said.

“We will look forward to a great race in May of next year.”

Potter, an avid cyclist, put together a course that winds through the Ogemaw Hills and checks many wish list boxes for avid racers with its steep inclines, challenging elevation, good-quality pavement and, very importantly, a safe riding location.

Further details will be forthcoming on the May 2021 date and registration details.

Those with additional questions may contact Potter at 989-343-3694 or nicole.potter@midmichigan.org.

The MidMichigan Health Foundation supports the patients and families served by MidMichigan Health by raising funds for equipment, services, and programs.

MidMichigan Health is a non-profit health system headquartered in Midland, Michigan, affiliated with Michigan Medicine, the health care division of the University of Michigan.

MidMichigan Health covers a 23-county region with medical centers in Midland, Alpena, Alma, Clare, Gladwin, Mt. Pleasant, and West Branch.

In addition to its Medical Centers, MidMichigan Health also offers both home health care and physician services and has a strong commitment to medical education.

MidMichigan Physicians Group provides urgent care and medical offices in more than 30 specialties and subspecialties, including cardiology, hematology/ oncology, orthopedics, vascular surgery, family medicine, and more.

Currently, MidMichigan has more than 8,700 employees, volunteers, physicians, and other personnel, and provided more than $90 million in community benefits in fiscal year 2019.

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