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BikeJam on US national calendar

Kyle Wamsley

Kyle Wamsley (Image credit: FJ Hughes)

BikeJam featuring the Kelly Cup, Baltimore's only professional cycling race, will be a part of USA Cycling's national race calendar (NRC) for 2007. This will be the third successive year the event has been on the calendar. Not to be confused with the newly announced USA Cycling Pro Tour calendar, the NRC is in its 11th season, and will feature 25-30 events, excluding the major UCI races that make up the Pro Tour. The 2007 version of Bike Jam will take place on Saturday, May 26.

BikeJam is the Mid-Atlantic's largest cycling festival, and consists of 12 road races for riders from beginner to professional. Held in historic Patterson Park near Baltimore's famed Inner Harbor, the course is flat and fast, with an uphill sprint and some challenging, technical cornering.

The highlight of the event is the Kelly Cup men's professional race which features some of the country's best professional cyclists. This year, Kyle Wamsley defeated Hilton Clarke and Alejandro Acton to take home the title in front of over 5,000 spectators.

Bike Jam, now in its ninth year, not only features the races, but also a recreational bike ride, interactive games for the kids, live music from local bands, product sampling, a bike stunt show and an expo with all the latest cycling gear.

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Laura Weislo has been with Cyclingnews since 2006 after making a switch from a career in science. As Deputy Editor, she coordinates coverage for North American events and global news. A former elite-level road racer who dabbled in cyclo-cross and track, Laura has a passion for all three disciplines. When not working she likes to go camping and explore lesser traveled roads, paths and gravel tracks.