Just two weeks out from its debut, America’s newest and highest ranked one-day professional cycling race, the Maryland Cycling Classic, has announced its top contenders and broadcasting schedule.
The 194-kilometer (120-mile) men’s only race sports a UCI Class 1 ProSeries ranking, and is one of just four UCI races held on U.S. soil, making it a rare opportunity for domestic elite riders to compete against the world’s best and perhaps even earn some coveted UCI points.
The competition is slated to be fierce with several WorldTour teams making the long trek across the Atlantic Ocean to contest the inaugural event.
Team BikeExchange-Jayco plans on bringing double sprint power in the form of Australian Michael Matthews and Dutchman Dylan Groenewegen while Israel-Premier Tech will be lining up with Italian Giacomo Nizzolo and Belgian Sep Vanmarcke.
EF Education-EasyPost is bringing a varied team, including Tour de France stage winner and promising American talent Neilson Powless and young Dutch sprinter Marijn Van Den Berg.
Trek-Segafredo will also have an American Tour de France stage winner in their midst in Quinn Simmons who’ll be supported by multi-time Tour of California stage winner Tom Skuijns, who always seems to race well in the U.S.
A total of 112 riders from 20 countries are slated to roll from the Baltimore start line at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, September 4, making it a truly international race.
“I am excited to be racing again in America, it has been a while since I have raced there,” said Matthews. “My last race in the United States was at the  World Championship, and I am looking forward to meeting our American fans again. We have a strong team going there, and looking at the course, it seems to be set up for different type of racing. We’ll have to see how the race will evolve.”
The Maryland Cycling Classic will also be Neilson Powless first domestic race. The American opted out of the U.S. National Championships as it conflicted with his Tour de France prep.
“I’m really excited to race in America for my first time in 2022. I’m happy that it’s in a new place [for me]. I’m looking forward to the inaugural edition of the Maryland Cycling Classic and I think we have a really strong team. Hopefully we can put on a good show for the fans in America,” Powless said.
The course is a diverse route that takes riders from the rolling pastoral countryside of Baltimore County to the urban landscape and waterfront of central Baltimore where they’ll complete four circuits and finish in the Inner Harbor area.
Where to watch:
The inaugural Maryland Cycling Classic will be broadcasted internationally to more than 100 countries.
Globally, you can follow the action online at:
– Global Cycling Network+ from 1:30 p.m. to 6:15 p.m EST / 5:30 p.m. to 10:15 p.m. GMT.
– Tour Tracker: 1:30 p.m. to 6:15 p.m EST / 5:30 p.m. to 10:15 p.m. GMT.
– Video on Demand: Global Cycling Network (CGN and YouTube Channels), EuroSport+
Locally, the race will stream at:
– WNUV – CW (Baltimore, local/regional, Live Over the Air): 1:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. EST
– Maryland Public TV (Md., Washington DC, parts of Pa., Va., W.Va., and Del.): Sept. 5, 11 – 11:30 p.m. EST