By Mike Schuh

BALTIMORE (WJZ) – National surveys show more people are biking around on two wheels now than ever before. In fact, it’s up by 13 percent in the past decade. That trend is helping the organizers of the biggest single day biking event in Baltimore.

Mike Schuh reports.

Wheel to wheel. Their motor: heart, lung and leg. This is the day to be a bike lover in Baltimore.

Barry Wilcox prepares his 11-year-old Nathan, one of his six kids, to race on the one-mile circuit.

“Baltimore loves cycling; it doesn’t get better than this. This is probably the premier event of the year,” said Wilcox.

It’s called the Baltimore Bike Jam, attracting experienced riders and people like Chrissa Carlson. This is her first race ever.

“I’ve done triathlons before but never a strict bike race, so butterflies? Yes, aggressive butterflies,” she said.

There are races at Patterson Park all day at all skill levels. But there’s more than just that. There’s stunt riding, too.

“I think there are a handful of people in the world that probably would even try it and have the balance or skill to do it,” said stunt rider “Schwinney.”

There’s even a stunt rider who is legally blind.

So whether you bring your music with you strapped onto your rig or your music is shifting gears, Bike Jam does not disappoint.

Comments (7)
  1. pigeon says:

    This certainly wasn’t well publicized. Guess since violence or crime isn’t involved it isn’t considered news worthy. That goes for all the TV & radio stations, as well as newspaper(s). What a shame!

    1. sven says:

      sex, drugs and racism gets good coverage too!

      1. pigeon says:

        I believe they are covered under “violence or crime”.

  2. nightwalker says:

    It was presented on the news for folks to come out to the event. I’m a bike rider but I’m not one for all the tricks. For me I think it messes up your bike bouncing up and down on your tires and rims. Those rimes can cost you a arm and a leg and with the city streets being like they are I don’t want to pay out no more then I have too. Bike shop repair is very expensive.

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