MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Due to a budget deficit, the North Star Grand Prix cancelled their annual Minnesota bicycle race festival. The decision comes after unsuccessfully crowdfunding the multi-day June event, which was set to take place across three courses in Minneapolis, St. Paul and Stillwater.
The race organizers started a GoFundMe page to save the race from being cancelled. They asked for $200 thousand by May 3, but only $12 thousand was raised. The organizers say donors will be refunded.READ MORE: Daunte Wright Shooting: Demonstrators And Police Clash For 4th Night In Brooklyn Center
This year’s event was set to be the first-ever Union Cycliste International women’s cycling event and anticipated hosting various national champions. North Star Grand Prix says they have hosted 32 Olympians to date.READ MORE: 'These Kids Are Going To Be Traumatized': Residents At Epicenter Of Daunte Wright Protests Feel Powerless
This will mark the second cancellation in a row. Last year’s Minneapolis road construction combined with “resource and fiscal factors” prompted 2018’s cancellation, race director Brendon Hale said.MORE NEWS: Daunte Wright Shooting: Fmr. Officer Kim Potter Released From Jail Hours After Arrest For Manslaughter Charges
The North Star Grand Prix began as the Nature Valley Grand Prix in 1999, changing sponsorship in 2013.