Located in Maryland’s scenic western region, Hagerstown and Washington County are a cyclist’s dream when it comes to riding down a historic, beautiful and rural area while also trying to beat competitors to their right and left.
Visit Hagerstown announced the USA Cycling selection of Hagerstown/Washington County as their location for the 2018 and 2019 Amateur Road National Championships this past May. Washington County is a premier destination for this event because of its central location to the mid-Atlantic and its close proximity to several of the largest markets in the United States for amateur cycling.
Hagerstown has significant experience with cycling in the past, with events such as the Meritus Health Tour of Washington County Bike Race, TEAM Cycle and several others. Winning the selection for USA Cycling not only puts Hagerstown and Washington County on the map nationally by cyclists, it also makes the area a tourism hotspot for cyclists. Visit Hagerstown President, Dan Spedden said, “We have a culture of cycling here in Hagerstown and Washington County, with very active and very successful local cycling clubs that host events annually. It was their subject matter expertise that made our bid so attractive.”
Spedden also stated, “The level of cooperation across State, County, and Municipal governments gave us the confidence we needed to aggressively bid to host these high-profile cycling events. As an industry, tourism is very well supported in Hagerstown and Washington County.”
Hagerstown and Washington County are predicting several hundred riders to travel and compete in the USA Cycling Amateur Road National Championships, consisting of the time trial, road races and the criterium race. “We expect a $1.5 million economic impact from each event and we expect that collateral visitation in the years will contribute significantly to establish our community as a preferred destination among cyclists,” Spedden stated.