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.
Race Date: 9 August 2017
The Witches Cup is a criterium - short fast bicyle race requiring
a mix of good technical skills. In particular, riders must
have the ability to corner rapidly and sharply — and
riding safely with a large group on a short circuit and exceptional
fitness to attack other riders and repeatedly accelerate hard
About the Witches Cup
WITCHES CUP RETURNS TO SALEM COMMON
On Wednesday, August 9th, Salem comes alive with the unmistakable
bee-hive hum of professional bicycle racing. North Shore residents
and bicycling fans from across the country will experience
one of the country’s most unique bicycle races.
This year's Witches Cup will provide cycling fans a breath taking
front-row seat at a professional cycling event. With speeds
averaging 25-35 mph and reaching up to 45 mph during sprints
and attacks, an exciting race is guaranteed. One hundred riders
compete throughout the 70 lap, 35 mile race around the historic
Salem Common. The crowds are just feet from the racers and
can see all the action during the ½ mile loop around
the Salem Common.
JOIN US AT THE HOSPITALITY TENT
Seaboard Distributors will be hosting the hospitality
tent for the fourth year. Join us for a craft brew on a great
summer afternoon of racing. A percentage of the proceeds from the sales go to the Salem Public Education Fund to support the growth and education of our future generations for years to come.
NATIONALLY RANKED - LOCAL ROOTS
Past Witches Cup racers include Beverly native Tim
Johnson, team captain of the HealthNet Pro Cycling Team, Multiple
National Cyclocross Champion and winner of Australia's Herald
Sun Tour. Racing in the Women’s event, and a Beverly
resident, is Lyne Bessette, two-time member of the Canadian
Olympic team, winner of the prestigious Tour de l'Aude Feminin
as and the 2001 Women's Challenge, as well as the Beijing
Olympic Cycling commentator in 2004. Also racing in the Women's
event is the Boston Bike Czar and former US Olympic Cyclist,
"The Witches Cup is a spectacular race course and I look forward
to racing in front of friends and family. After traveling
around the country I can't wait to get back in front of the
home crowd." -- Tim Johnson
ABOUT THE RACE
The Witches Cup, Salem's cycling race is returning for its
seventh year after the successful rebirth of the historic race.
In the cycling boom of the 1980s, Salem proudly hosted annual
elite caliber bicycle events with national exposure. In 2000,
the Witches Cup was part of the America’s Cup. The first
edition Witches Cup ran from 1979 to 2001 as a top-level national
event with such cyclists as Eric Heiden, Leonard Nitz and
Frankie Andreau. After the past 4 great years it's easy to
say that race organizers have revived the Witches Cup and
this year's event is highly anticipated. The 2017 Witches Cup
is currently sponsored by Salem
Partners, and Focus
Power. If you are interested in becoming a sponsor, either visit our Sponsorship page, or contact us for more details.
• All categories must have USA Cycling (USAC) road
• Register online at bikereg.com
• $5 fee for Day of Race registration
• Awards Ceremony to be held right after Elite Men's
• Neutral Support provided by Mark
For additional information, contact Kurt Maw at email@example.com
Registration: Register online at www.BikeReg.com - online registration closes on Sunday, August 07, 2017 at 5:00 PM ET. There is a late fee for day of registrations. Late fee: $10. Day-of registration opens at 3:00pm and closes 30 minutes before.
Salem Cycle was founded in 2000 by Dan Shuman,
2009 Salem Chamber of Commerce Business Man of the Year, with
a goal to make Salem the cycling destination of the North
Shore. Salem Cycle caters to all levels of cyclists and sponsors
Comprehensive Racing, a local racing club, with a common mission
of bringing bicycle racing back to Salem. Salem Cycle is a
full service bicycle shop that also sponsors social group
rides and supports numerous racers, teams and community events.
The shop's famous logo -- a witch riding a bicycle -- is prominently
featured on many racers' uniforms and recreational cycle gear.
Salem Cycle is also working with the Salem Bike Path Committee
to make cycling safer in Salem and all over the North Shore.
For more information on Salem Cycle visit www.salemcycle.com.
Comprehensive Racing is a small cycling/triathlon
team based on the north shore of MA, Worcester, and southern
NH. The team began as a group of 3 athletes in 2001 and has
since grown into one of the most welcoming and successful
multi-sport teams in New England. Comprehensive Racing is
now a group of about 50 athletes working to successfully balance
the sports of triathlon and cycling, with the demands of life,
family and friends.
For more information visit www.comprehensive-racing.com.
Cup Bike Race
August 9, 2017 - Salem, MA
In association with our sponsors, the
Witches Cup is brought to you by:
to USA Cycling