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Today marked the start of the 2021 Motorcycle Cannonball which started from the historic town of Sault Sainte Marie, Michigan located on the St. Mary’s River which is also the border to Canada. One of the themes of this year’s event of being a 3 flags run the riders that will depart the Canadian border, make their way to the Mexican border with a final destination of South Padre Island, Texas seventeen days later.  Eighty-eight riders from all over the United States, and one rider from Germany, Juergen Ullrich from Bavaria, started the days activities that included a Rider Safety School, and a gathering of all riders at Aune Osborne Park which included group photos and a sendoff of the ceremonial green flag that took riders on the Prologue through the host city and the scenic locks.  Today’s thirteen-mile ride was no walk in the park as the quick little shake out saw three riders have issues and lose scoring points. They are now out of contention to win the prestigious bronze award entitled “Open Road” sculpted by Chris Hennegan of England, and the title of Overall Winner of the 2021 Motorcycle Cannonball.  Tomorrow riders leave for the 17 day journey where the first stop will be Hagerty Insurance in Traverse City, Michigan.  Scores are posted daily under the SCORES tab at