Pat Black, Director, MCCVB

Pat Black, Director of the Marquette Country Convention and Visitors Bureau joined Mark and Walt this morning to discuss her thoughts about the cancelation of the Superior Bike Fest in Marquette, MI this year.

She weighed in with her thoughts about the expense of putting on events in Marquette in comparison to other surrounding communities in Marquette County such as Ishpeming and Negaunee.  Some of her thoughts and comments were fairly eye-opening, and you’ll want to take a listen!

To listen to the complete interview with Pat Black, please click “HERE“.  To visit the Marquette Country Convention and Visitors Bureau website, please click “HERE“.

Superior Bike Fest Co-ordinator Jim Grundstrom addesses the media in Marquette, MI.

Marquette County’s Superior Bike Fest has been canceled.  At a press conference in Marquette this afternoon, event officials said they have decided to not hold the Bike Fest this year due to a low number of competitor entries.

As of earlier this week, only 58 riders had pre-registered for the event.  According to Jim Grundstrom, event coordinator, there are usually well over 200 riders registered for the Bike Fest at this time.  Grundstrom added that he could not explain why the numbers were so significantly down this year, and the decision to pull the plug was based on simple economics.

The Superior Bike Fest has been held in late June for the past several years and has featured a popular criterium race in Marquette that has attracted several thousand spectators to the downtown.  The Bike Fest has also featured road and mountain biking races across Marquette County.

Officials were unable to say if they would consider holding the event again next year.

To listen to comments from an exclusive interview with Jim Grundstrom, please click “HERE“.