Drawing on the 60 million cyclists in the U.S. as potential fans, the upstart NCL (National Cycling League) hopes to create domestic excitement for the sport with a unique format.
Teams will include men and women who, while racing separately, will receive equal payouts and combine results for overall team standings. The crit format will award points on each lap, rather than just overall finish placement, and travel throughout the U.S. in 2023, hitting major cities and culminating with a championship team and “the largest prizes in crit history.”
Honestly, we’re stoked on the concept and can’t wait to see it roll out. Here’s the full press release:
PRESS RELEASE: Today, the NCL (National Cycling League, Inc.) announced the launch of a first-of-its-kind professional cycling league. With 60 million riders in the United States and over 2 billion worldwide, American professional cycling is positioned to become one of the most popular sports in the world, and with today’s historical announcement, the sport has a new home—the NCL.
“Our mission is to create the next generation sports community by reimagining sports ownership, fan participation, and social impact,” said Paris Wallace, a serial entrepreneur and co-founder and CEO of the NCL. “The NCL will be the first major professional sports league that is majority-minority and female owned and values men’s and women’s athletic achievements and contributions equally.”
With an eye to shifting the athlete experience, the league has designed its format to ensure gender equality—each team will be composed of men and women who receive […]