Fan-first, gamified bike racing: the NCL readies for its debut as domestic teams get on board

Fount Cycling, Mike’s Bikes, Voler Factory Team, Texas Roadhouse, Roxo Racing among teams to take on the NCL this inaugural year

Criterium racing in the USA
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Ever since the National Cycling League (NCL) announced its formation last fall, the big question has been: who will race in this all-new approach to American bike racing? 

The NCL formed its own two professional teams, the Miami Nights and Denver Disruptors, stacked with international talent, yet some of America's most prominent pro teams bowed out. Teams like L39ion of Los Angeles, the Miami Blazers, Team Twenty24 and DNA Pro Cycling announced their non-participation earlier this year. Some cited scheduling conflicts, while others remained mum about their reasoning. 

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