Maryland Cycling Classic is "the most important bike race that’s happened in America in the last 5 years. It’s a godsend."

The U.S. hosts a ‘Tour de France caliber’ field for the first time in years

USA Cycling's CEO Brendan Quirk
(Image credit: Maryland Cycling Classic)

The race numbers haven’t even been pinned on yet but already, the Maryland Cycling Classic is receiving high praise and even higher expectations. 

The CEO of America’s governing body of competitive cycling, Brendan Quirk, called it the “most important bike race that’s happened in America in the last five years. It’s a godsend.”

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Anne-Marije Rook
North American Editor

Cycling Weekly's North American Editor, Anne-Marije Rook is old school. She holds a degree in journalism and started out as a newspaper reporter — in print! She can even be seen bringing a pen and notepad to the press conference.

Originally from The Netherlands, she grew up a bike commuter and didn't find bike racing until her early twenties when living in Seattle, Washington. Strengthened by the many miles spent darting around Seattle's hilly streets on a steel single speed, Rook's progression in the sport was a quick one. As she competed at the elite level, her journalism career followed, and soon she became a full-time cycling journalist. She's now been a cycling journalist for 11 years.