As the National Cycling League , and its all-new take on American bike racing, readies for its kick-off on April 8th , two of America’s most prominent criterium teams announce they have no intention to partake.
Professional cycling teams, L39ION of Los Angeles and the Miami Blazers, both known for their efforts to diversify the sport, today announced that neither of them intent to participate in the League’s inaugural season.
"L39ION of Los Angeles will not be participating in the NCL, but we’re glad to see the investment in American cycling and share the desire to increase participation and grow our sport," states Hunter Grove, L39ION of Los Angeles Team Manager.
Similarly, Dennis Ramirez, the team manager of the Miami Blazers, expressed that while his team has no intention to partake, he does "wish the best for [the NCL] and all participating riders."
Reasons for not participating have not yet been shared publicly but Cycling Weekly was told that news involving the two teams will be soon be shared, and which very provide some context for their decision.
Hoping to reignite America’s cycling fandom, the NCL is an all-new, championship-style race series with a unique approach to bike racing. Taking place in some of the country’s biggest cities, co-ed teams will compete at four criterium-like races, earning points with the goals of winning a slice of the $1 million prize purse at the end of the season.
Unlike traditional racing, the first person across the finish line may or may not be the winner. Instead, […]
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