The Maryland Cycling Classic, which had to cancel its inaugural event in 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic, will have its 2021 event on September 5 as part of a series of events throughout the region on Labor Day Weekend.
The inaugural event had been scheduled for September 6, 2020 but was postponed in late June. The event will be part of the UCI ProSeries and is one of the top-ranked events in North and South America. UnitedHealthcare was previously announced as presenting sponsor.
“Obviously a lot has gone on the past few months on so many levels,” said Terry Hasseltine, president of the Sport and Entertainment Corporation of Maryland, which owns the event. “All of our partners, most importantly UnitedHealthcare, the State of Maryland, City of Baltimore and Baltimore County, have been fantastic through a difficult year. As we look to the future, we now feel poised to put on a great weekend of events capped off with the Maryland Cycling Classic, which will no doubt instantly become one of Maryland’s premier international events.”
Event partners Medalist Sports and KOM Sports are working to build out a weekend of events that will include a health and wellness festival, a public charity ride, community outreach program on bike education and participation and a new hospitality and experiential platform.
“The Maryland Cycling Classic is huge for cycling in the USA and to have the support of Baltimore and the entire state of Maryland is a big deal,” said professional cyclist Nathan Brown, who wore the KOM jersey for two stages in the 2017 Tour de France and is slated to compete at next year’s event.