Maryland’s Race Pace Bicycles has been sold to Trek Bicycles, with the transition set to occur in March.

The retailer opened its first store in 1978 in West Baltimore and is now present in seven locations. The announcement was made on Race Pace Bicycles’ Facebook page entry by owner Alex Obriecht.

Obriecht said in the post, “Race Pace Bicycles has been sold to Trek Bicycles. In 1980, we became one of the earliest Trek Bicycle retailers, and we have truly grown and prospered with Trek as our partner. I could not have imagined then what my business and Trek Bicycles would grow to become 44 years later. When considering who would guide the store’s future, it was paramount that I found a partner who I trust completely and shares Race Pace’s core values and vision and will continue to invest in Maryland’s cycling community. I have no doubt that Trek will be outstanding caretakers and build upon the hospitality and outstanding experience our customers expect. Our state is blessed with an amazing and growing cycling community, and we are confident Trek will continue to serve and support in even bigger and better ways. While there may be some small changes, the shop’s commitment to our customers never will. The transition will occur in March, but before and after that time our same great team is looking forward to welcoming you and showing you all of the new and exciting things in store!”