Starting Labor Day Weekend of 2020, Baltimore will host a major international cycling race for three years.
While few detailed have been finalized, the 110- to 125-mile race would start and end in Baltimore City, but travel through surrounding counties. Terry Hasseltine, executive director of Maryland Sports and vice president of communications for the Maryland Stadium Authority, believes the event will bring a $20 million benefit to the area.
From Baltimore Sun’s coverage:
The organizers want to leverage the event’s popularity into a full Labor Day weekend celebration, as Hasseltine said they plan to host block parties and wellness events with a cycling focus on the Friday and Saturday preceding the race.
Major bike races usually require road closures, much like the ill-fated Grand Prix of Baltimore that ran in the city from 2011 to 2013, but couldn’t attract enough sponsors. While the start and finish areas and any finishing circuits would need to be closed for a bike race, such races can use what’s known as a rolling enclosure that only shuts roads down for as long as it takes the cyclists and the race entourage to pass by out in the counties.
Over the few months, city and county partners will continue conversations determining routes and other details.