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A million dollar prize: NCL puts money where its mouth is as pros sign up

A million dollar prize: NCL puts money where its mouth is as pros sign up

“The biggest stages draw the brightest stars,” David Mulugheta said as the prize purse, competition structure and host cities were announced for the upcoming National…

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“The biggest stages draw the brightest stars,” David Mulugheta said as the prize purse, competition structure and host cities were announced for the upcoming National Cycling League. If there’s one person who knows about big stages and bright stars, it’s the NFL agent turned race organiser who’s negotiated American football contracts totalling more than $2 billion, and Mulugheta’s CV is the sort you’d hope for the person attempting to revamp US crit racing.

Here is the headline figure: a prize purse of $1 million. Teams will consist of men’s and women’s squads (competing separately but points scored count towards a combined total) and the first-placed will take home $700,000, second place $150,000, with decreasing amounts thereafter.

Ten teams will compete, two formed by the NCL and the other eight from domestic applicants, from USA Cycling Domestic Elite all the way up to UCI ProTeam and women’s WorldTeam. The locations of the four rounds of racing are Miami Beach, Florida; Atlanta, Georgia; Denver, Colorado; and Washington D.C.

Simple enough. The organisation has teased that Olympians, National Champions and former World Tour racers will all be involved. Whether this means that top UCI-registered American outfits will be present, or that NCL teams have enlisted a bunch of two-wheeled legends hoping for a big payday, it appears we’ll have a blend of riders we recognise in a new, supercharged format.

“Creating the next generation sports community starts with valuing the athletes and their contributions to the fan experience,” is the stated aim of the NCL, according […]

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