The Maryland Cycling Classic supported by UnitedHealthcare, one of America’s top-ranked professional road cycling races and its highest-ranked UCI event, has announced seven additional teams. The inaugural event is scheduled for September 4, 2022, with the field now up to 16 teams.
WorldTour teams EF Education-EasyPost, Israel-Premier Tech will be joined by ProTeam Team Novo Nordisk, US Pro Continental Team Skyline, South Africa’s Team ProTouch, Panamá es Cultura y Valores of Panama, along with the US National Team, comprised of top domestic elite riders
The 120-mile race, which starts in Baltimore County, routes into Central Baltimore for four circuits and a finish in the Inner Harbor area. One additional team is expected to be added in July to round out the 17-team field.
“The addition of two quality WorldTour teams further solidifies the Maryland Cycling Classic as the top one-day pro cycling race in the US,” said Event Chair John Kelly.
“The composite US National Team joining the field also provides an exciting opportunity for young US talent. The line-up is rounding out very well and we’re thrilled to see a strong international mix of teams with riders from more than 20 countries. It’s truly a world-class international field.”
The Maryland Cycling Classic is part of the UCI Pro Tour and is already one of the top-ranked events in North and South America.
Previously announced teams include: WorldTour teams Trek-Segafredo and Australia’s Team BikeExchange-Jayco, America’s top ProTour team Human Powered Health, US Pro Continental Teams L39ION of Los Angeles, Hagens Berman Axeon, along with international squads Team Medellin-EPM of Colombia, Yoeleo Test Team p/b 4MIND of Canada, Team Corratec of Italy, and EvoPro of Ireland.
Several teams could feature riders from respective national championships held around the globe last weekend, including newly crowned US National Champion Kyle Murphy of Human Powered Health and individual time trial champion Lawson Craddock of Team BikeExchange-Jayco.
The race could also feature various former national champions, including American fan favourite Alex Howes of EF Education-Easypost.
“I’m super excited to be racing in Baltimore,” said Alex Howes, the 2019 US Road Race Champion who races professionally for EF Education-EasyPost. “With top teams and a super strong international field, this is the biggest road race in the USA.
“The proximity to some of the largest metropolitan areas in the states means I’ll have plenty of friends and family making the trip to come cheer us on.”
Michael Sayers, USA Cycling’s Road Director, said “After having the event delayed because of the pandemic for two years, USA Cycling is excited to bring a team of world-class elite and U23 racers to the inaugural Maryland Cycling Classic.
“We’re proud to have a team in the red, white, and blue at the only one-day UCI race in North America and can’t wait to show the United States, and the rest of the world, what we can do.”
Host partners of the Maryland Cycling Classic supported by UnitedHealthcare include: the City of Baltimore, Visit Baltimore, Baltimore County, and the State of Maryland.
The event is sanctioned by the UCI and USA Cycling and is managed and marketed by Medalist Sports of Peachtree City, GA, and KOM Sports Marketing of Colorado Springs, CO. The event is a production of the Sport & Entertainment Corporation of Maryland, led by President Terry Hasseltine.