Gambrill State Park and the Frederick Watershed CWNA in Frederick, Maryland, will host the 2021 USA Cycling Marathon Mountain Bike National Championships on October 23. The Maryland Sports Commission will serve as the event host, working closely with officials from the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR), Gambrill State Park staff, Visit Frederick, the city of Frederick, Frederick County Government, and the Mid-Atlantic Off-Road Enthusiasts (MORE) Inc. to organize the event
“We are happy to announce the 2021 USA Cycling Marathon Mountain Bike Nationals at Gambrill State Park,” said Tara McCarthy, director of national events for USA Cycling. “With what has been a challenging year for event organization, we have found a great partner in the Maryland Sports Commission and Visit Frederick. These organizations have allowed us to hold this National Championship this year and we are looking forward to a challenging mid-Atlantic course for our racers.”
“This announcement is really the culmination of the partnership that has developed over the last few years between our office, the Maryland Sports Commission and USA Cycling,” said Terry Hasseltine, executive director of the Maryland Sports Commission. “We had the privilege of working with USA Cycling in 2018 and 2019 as part of the U.S. Amateur Road Nationals with our TEAM Maryland partner, Visit Hagerstown and Washington County, and now we have the opportunity to work with them along with another TEAM Maryland partner in Visit Frederick.”
Maryland has been making a name for itself in cycling and will host the Maryland Cycling Classic presented by UnitedHealthcare, a UCI-sanctioned event, for three years beginning in 2022.
The USA Cycling event is a one-day competition that will take place inside Gambrill State Park and the Frederick Watershed CWNA, located on the ridge of the Catoctin Mountains in Frederick County. The cross-country discipline covers between 37 and 99 miles and is sanctioned by USA Cycling and UCI. The event is expected to attract about 400 riders.