Gran Fondo Maryland Announced as USA Cycling Gran Fondo National Championship for 2023
September 14, 2022
Athletes will compete in Frederick, Maryland, on September 17, 2023.
Gettysburg, PA – September 14, 2022)/ENDURANCE SPORTSWIRE/ – Gran Fondo National Series is proud to announce that the 2023 USA Cycling Gran Fondo National Championships will be held in conjunction with Gran Fondo Maryland. The date for the Championships in Frederick, Maryland, will be September 17, 2023.
Gran Fondo National Series introduced the time-segment competition format to cycling in the United States and has been organizing the Gran Fondo National Championship since 2012. As the result of a partnership with USA Cycling, the annual event became an official USA Cycling National Championship in 2020. The USA Cycling Gran Fondo National Championship was held in conjunction with Gran Fondo Asheville in 2021 and 2022.
Gran Fondo Maryland has been part of the Gran Fondo National Series for 11 years. Participation in the September event has been consistently strong over the past several years, with approximately 600 racers, beginner to elite, expected for 2022. Organizers anticipate the National Championship to draw over 1000 cyclists form across the nation in 2023, along with many family members and spectators.
“Gran Fondo Maryland, first held in 2012, was the founding event of the Gran Fondo National Series and the original Gran Fondo National Championship location. I’m proud to bring the Championship back to its place of inception.” said Gran Fondo National Series Founder and Director Reuben Kline. “I’ve been pushing to highlight the area as a world class cycling destination; along with other top-quality cycling events in the state such as the recent success of the Maryland Cycling Classic, and USA Cycling Marathon Mountain Bike National Championships, I’m proud to bring attention to the quality of all types of cycling in and around the state of Maryland.”
“The Maryland Sports Commission is excited to partner with the Gran Fondo National Series and Gran Fondo Maryland in the efforts to secure the 2023 USA Cycling Gran Fondo National Championships in Frederick,” said Terry Hasseltine, Executive Director of Maryland Sports Commission. “Maryland Sports, along with TEAM Maryland partners like Visit Frederick, are constantly building out our portfolio of events to solidify the state as a sought after destination for cycling competition. We look forward to welcoming competitors and spectators to Frederick in 2023.”
About Maryland Sports Commission:
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About Gran Fondo National Series (granfondonationalseries.com)
Founded in 2012 by event director Reuben Kline, the Gran Fondo National Series is the largest and most competitive series of gran fondo cycling events in the United States. Gran Fondo National Series was the first series to implement timed-segment racing into US gran fondo events and has crowned Gran Fondo National Champions and Gran Fondo National Series Champions since 2012. Starting in 2020, the organization entered into a partnership with USA Cycling to bring the existing Gran Fondo National Series events into the USA Cycling portfolio including the presentation of an official USA Cycling Gran Fondo National Championship events.