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Reviving Bicycle Racing in Salem

Witches Cup in Action by Nick J. Steglich
Photo Credit: Nick J. Steglich

In the cycling boom of the 1980's, Salem proudly hosted annual elite calibre bicycle races with national exposure. It's the goal of the Witches Cup organizers to revive the strong bicycle racing tradition in downtown Salem, Massachusetts. After a seven year lull, the Witches Cup under the direction of Salem-based promoters, returned in 2007.

The 2017 Witches Cup presents racing for both men and women at all levels.

This year is the 10th year since the reincarnation of the Witches Cup and the 38th Anniversary of the original Witches Cup!  The Witches Cup would like to welcome some new, and some returning sponsors of 4 great races, combined with an even BIGGER hospitality tent sponsored by Seaboard Products!  

Rain or Shine! (Hope for Shine!)

Women's Cat 4/5
40 mins
4:10 PM
Men's Cat 3/4
40 mins
5:00 PM
GC Coaching Men's P/1/2/3
60 mins
5:50 PM
10 Places / $1000
Women's P/1/2/3
45 mins
7:00 PM
10 Places / $1000
Awards Ceremony
7:45 PM

A limited number of Team Tents are available for $40. Please visit BikeReg.com to reserve.



Sponsorship Opportunities

Cycling has been described as one of the most beautiful sports in the world. It showcases not only teams, but individuals driven by a force deep within the soul. Why else would you see a cyclist riding up those hills that cars have trouble ascending, or riding in the rain, sleet, and snow? It’s a power and feeling that comes deep from within that needs to be experienced to be believed. The beautiful and historic Salem Common is the ultimate setting to experience this feeling

More more information on sponsoring the Witches Cup, please download the presentation (PDF)

About Salem

Since 1626, when Roger Conant arrived with the first settlers, Salem, Massachusetts has been attracting people from all points of the compass. Many come to visit and some decide to stay and make Salem their home.

It may be most widely known as the site of the Salem witchcraft trials of 1692, but this colorful, coastal city has much to offer both residents and visitors: a culturally diverse population, a rich maritime heritage, an impressive display of historic architecture and amazing stories that span almost four centuries.

August 14, 2017

The Witches Cup is at its core a community event. This is, and has been, our motivation from the day we started the race 10 years ago. Our goal was to create an event that showcased our community, drew upon the very best in our fans, volunteers, and sponsors, and shared our love of cycling. As the race organizers, we are committed to the values of our community and respecting the diversity of voices. 

That being said, we earnestly apologize for any comments made in poor taste and that were hurtful to many members of our community. Although we did not hear the comments personally, any comments of the nature reported to us are not in line with our values in our capacity as race organizers, and as individuals. We have had a long and frank conversation with the person that made the comments that have been brought to our attention. He is sincere in his regret and has apologized to us, our sponsors and volunteers, the city leadership, and to the community as a whole. We are resolute in our commitment to our community and to creating a welcoming and safe place. We will learn from this. 

Our promise is to continue to provide an event that reflects Salem’s values and showcase a city in which we have been privileged to be apart of for the last 10 years.

The Witches Cup is labor of love, and we hope to continue to share this great event with our fans, sponsors, volunteers, and officials for many years to come. 


Dan Shuman
Kurt Maw
David Greenway


Witches Cup Bike Race
August 9, 2017 - Salem, MA


In association with our sponsors, the Witches Cup is brought to you by:

If you are interested in becoming a sponsor, please contact us for more information.

You can also download the Sponsorship Form
and get started!!!

Thank You!

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