Organizers gear up for Maryland Cycling Classic

Organizers gear up for Maryland Cycling Classic
Organizers gear up for Maryland Cycling Classic

BALTIMORE — Preparations are underway ahead of the first Maryland Cycling Classic.

The pro cycling race will begin Sunday, September 4 at 1:30 p.m. at Kelly Benefits in Sparks, Maryland. After riding through northern Baltimore County, riders will enter central Baltimore for a circuit around 4:30 p.m. The race is expected to end around 6 p.m. near Pratt Street and Market Place.

The 120-mile race will feature 16 world-class professional cycling teams from over 20 countries. Among the cyclists are recent Tour de France stage winners, Olympians and national champions.

Authorities want residents to plan for road closures and parking restrictions.

The first leg of the race will take place in Baltimore County. Riders will leave Sparks and travel up towards the Maryland-Pennsylvania line and around part of the Prettyboy Reservoir before taking Falls Road into Baltimore City.

“We will try to minimize these impacts as much as possible, so for example: along Falls Road there will be what is called a ‘rolling closure’ so that when cyclists cross traffic will be restored immediately because the cyclists are not going to come back on this stretch of the course, ”said the chief of the traffic division of the DOT of the city of Baltimore, William Haynes.

From Falls Road, participants will turn left onto Lanvale Street to enter the street circuit portion of the race.

The City of Baltimore notes that during this event, cyclists will do 4 1/2 laps around the 7 1/2 mile street circuit, which will be closed to all vehicular traffic. Closings are expected to begin around 1:30 p.m. and will be fully closed by 4 p.m.

The following roads in the city will be closed on Sunday from 1:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Falls Path between avenue du lac and rue Saint-Paul
Lombard Street between Light Street and Hopkins Plaza
Lombard Streett between President Street and Gay Street
St. Paul Street between Lafayette Avenue and W. Lombard Street
Water Street between Market Square and S. Frederick Street
Pratt Street between Hopkins Plaza and Central Avenue (partial closure on Saturdays, full closure on Sundays)
central avenue between Madison Street and Dock Street (sections)
Quays Street between Central Avenue and S. Caroline Street
Caroline Street between Dock Street and Fleet Street
fleet street between S. Caroline Street and Broadway
Broadway between E. Baltimore Street and Fleet Street (southbound only)
Baltimore Street between E. Broadway and N. Central Avenue
Madison Street between N. Central Avenue and N. Calvert Street (segments)
Hillen Street between E. Madison Street and Fallsway
Fall between Hillen Street and E. Madison Street
Calvert Street between E. Madison Street and Federal Street
federal street between N. Calvert Street and Barclay Street
Barclay Street between Federal Street and Lafayette Avenue
Avenue La Fayette between rue Barclay and rue Saint-Paul

All roadways will be reopened as soon as possible.

There will also be parking restrictions from Friday 2 September.

Ahead of the event, Maryland Cycling Class partnered with UnitedHealthcare on Thursday afternoon to donate 50 bikes to students during a visit to James McHenry Elementary and Middle School.

Current USA National Pro Champion Kyle Murphy and volunteers spent time fitting helmets, donating bikes and talking about bike safety with the students. Murphy will race on Sunday.

“Try to remember that it’s bigger than you, it’s bigger than the race. You have a community there that will hopefully be inspired,” Murphy said.

For other students looking to learn, the Maryland Cycling Classic has developed a bike and helmet safety program that will be available online to students across the city and Baltimore County.

From 4-7 p.m., “Bike Jam” took place at Patterson Park, near the Pulaski Monument, featuring a one-mile family bike ride for riders of all ages. The event included a helmet safety clinic where up to 200 children could be fitted with a free bike helmet on site.

For more information, including the race route and where to watch from Baltimore City and County, click here.

Cristina Mendez

Cristina Mendez joined WJZ in November 2021 as a media reporter.

. organizers prepare for Maryland Cycling Classic

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