NBA All-Star Bradley Beal and NFL pros pump $7.5m into the new US cycling league

"The goal is for our teams to instantly become the top teams in U.S. pro racing next year," says National Cycling League CEO

Bradley Beal of the Washington Wizards
(Image credit: Rob Carr / Getty)

The National Cycling League today announced it has raised $7.5m in seed financing — said to be the largest private investment in U.S. professional cycling ever - from a group including a cast of NBA and NFL stars.

Launching in 2023, the National Cycling League (NCL) is a championship-style race series consisting of closed-course criterium races in major cities across the country with virtual races alongside them.

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Anne-Marije Rook
North American Editor

Cycling Weekly's North American Editor, Anne-Marije Rook is old school. She holds a degree in journalism and started out as a newspaper reporter — in print! She can even be seen bringing a pen and notepad to the press conference.

Originally from The Netherlands, she grew up a bike commuter and didn't find bike racing until her early twenties when living in Seattle, Washington. Strengthened by the many miles spent darting around Seattle's hilly streets on a steel single speed, Rook's progression in the sport was a quick one. As she competed at the elite level, her journalism career followed, and soon she became a full-time cycling journalist. She's now been a cycling journalist for 11 years.