Cari Higgins speeds across the finish line, clinching the race with a wide lead.The Bannock Street Criterium. July 31, 2016. (Kevin J. Beaty) If you haven’t yet made plans this Sunday, and if you love bikes, consider checking out a cycling race in Commerce City with a unique co-ed competitive format.
The National Cycling League (NCL) is hosting a free cycling race at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City this Sunday, Aug. 13. The men’s race will begin at 2:30 p.m. and the women’s race will start at 4 p.m. An awards ceremony will begin at 5:30 p.m.
Founded in 2022, the NCL is a majority women- minority-owned league that promotes gender equality in its competitions. As part of a four-race NCL cup, ten co-ed teams of professional cyclists will compete for a share of $1 million in total prize money at the end of the season.
“With more than 50 million cyclists in the U.S., we have an opportunity to grow the passion and excitement for cycling among the next generation of fans by introducing them to the fast-paced action and excitement of criterium racing and creating a league format similar to other professional sports,” said Andrea Pagnanelli, CEO of National Cycling League. Here’s how the race works
The race is formatted so that men and women compete on the same team, on the same course, in a way that respects differences.
Men and women riders compete separately in roughly 30-lap, approximate 1-mile criterium loops and accumulate points. Team points are […]