The newly formed National Cycling League: a gimmick or the future of American bike racing?

America’s top criterium teams react to the formation of an all-new professional cycling league

NCL 2023
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It’s no secret that road cycling in America is struggling. Field sizes at amateur events across the country are dwindling and international events like the Coors Classic (later, the Colorado Classic), the Tour of California and the Tour of Utah have all folded due to lack of financial support. 

Only four UCI races remain and they barely reach beyond the local newspapers, let alone offer enough incentive for international stars to come and cross the waters. And without a superhero to get behind, American sports fans pay little attention to what happens abroad, even if young American talent is netting stage wins.  

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