Human Powered Health will be back racing in the United States over Labor Day weekend at the Maryland Cycling Classic, presented by UnitedHealthcare on September 4. Headlining a strong team at the Baltimore one-day race will be US champ, Kyle Murphy, alongside Canadian champion Pier-André Coté and the team’s rocket, Dutch sprinter Arvid de Kleijn.
“I am so excited to be able to make it to the Maryland Cycling Classic, presented by UnitedHealthcare in the US jersey,” said Murphy. “It is so motivating to be able to race at home. It felt great competing in Spain and Portugal throughout August in the jersey and experiencing how special it is but I can’t imagine how that feeling will be magnified racing in the USA.”
The holiday last year was certainly one to remember for Robin Carpenter, who took an epic victory at the Tour of Britain on Labor Day in 2021. He is also heading Stateside alongside compatriot Colin Joyce and Canadians Adam de Vos and Nickolas Zukowksy, making the make-up of the team a neat North American split with a bit of euro sprinkled in for good measure.
The classic “aims to promote both men’s and women’s cycling, healthy living, statewide and community engagement, and cycling awareness and advocacy,” which lines up perfectly with the values of Human Powered Health.
“The Maryland Cycling Classic, presented by UnitedHealthcare has been a huge objective for the team, and a race that we have been looking forward to for a very long time,” said managing director Charles Aaron. “Our mission to empower people of all ages, cultures, abilities and backgrounds to embrace healthier lifestyles, aligns perfectly with the message from the race sponsor, our friends, UnitedHealthcare,” Aaron added.
Thorne Health Tech will also be sponsoring the race which will showcase the very best North American-based WorldTour squads, ProTour teams and domestic riders.
Starting at 1:30 pm ET on the doorstep of team partner Kelly Benefits Strategies in Sparks, MD, the UCI Pro Series one-day race tackles a 120.4 mile (194km) rolling route that first traverses the beautiful Baltimore County before turning back into the city for a finishing circuit. The riders are expected to enter Baltimore at 4:30 pm with an estimated finish time on Pratt St. and Market Pl. of 6:00 pm.
Last year, Human Powered Health were the first participating team to be announced with team rider Ben King riding reconnaissance on parts of the course.
After a two-year postponement to the race, Human Powered Health is delighted to be lining up in Maryland for the country’s biggest one-day race.
Arvid de Kleijn
Adam de Vos