After a successful inaugural season, the National Cycling League (NCL) has announced the ten teams (combined men’s and women’s programs) participating in the 2024 NCL Cup. Nine of the top ten teams from 2023 will race in the highly anticipated second year of the NCL Cup.
“The competition and clubs involved this year speaks to the continued growth and success the NCL Cup has experienced in its second year. The clubs participating in the NCL Cup this year are some of the most exciting and well-known in U.S. cycling,” said NCL CEO Andrea Pagnanelli. “We are committed to putting the best product and teams on display.”
The top three teams from last year’s series will return in 2024. The Miami Nights emerged as the victorious team of the three-race 2023 NCL Cup series, followed by the Denver Disruptors and the combined team of Goldman Sachs ETFs Racing and Texas Roadhouse Cycling. Individually,
Clever Martinez (Miami Nights) and Alia Shafi (Fount Cycling Guild) return in 2024 after dominating this format of racing last year.
“Voler Factory Racing is thrilled to announce its return to the NCL Cup for the upcoming 2024 season. After a phenomenal 2023 campaign, where we experienced the epitome of sportsmanship and camaraderie, continuing with NCL was a natural progression for our team. NCL’s commitment to team hospitality and its economic structure highlights NCL’s forward thinking approach, which is great for the sport, sponsors, and teams like Voler Factory Racing. As we gear up for the 2024 season, joining the NCL is not just a partnership but a commitment to fostering the spirit of cycling. We extend heartfelt gratitude to the NCL and look forward to a season filled with thrilling races and the shared joy of pedaling towards victory,” said Phil Mooney of Voler Factory Racing p/b Schnur Racing.
NCL races are sanctioned by USA Cycling and feature an innovative competition format in which men and women compete on the same team, on the same course, in a way that respects their differences, yet, weighs their performances and values their contributions equally. Men and women riders compete separately in 30-lap, approximately one-mile criterium loops and accumulate points. Riders can substitute in and out anytime during each race’s first 25 laps from the course-side team pit area. Team points are earned each lap depending on riders’ positions. Fans also have access to real-time data and scoring through the NCL’s scoreboard, a first in professional criterium racing.
Embracing this innovative cycling format, the NCL is excited about the future of the league. They are committed to advancing their mission of gender equality and are dedicated to reshaping the U.S. cycling scene, aiming to engage and captivate both new and established fans.
“After a season of getting a feel for the unique new format in 2023, we’re eager to compete in the 2024 NCL Cup series. The series supplements our race calendar perfectly to support the growth of our athletes, putting them in racing situations that require lightning-fast decisions on the road that result in fun and exciting competition,” said Lauren LeClaire, Sports Director for CCB p/b Levine Law Group. “We’re excited to grow our relationship with the organization in 2024 as an NCL sponsored program. It’s important to us to partner with events that put men and women’s competition equally in the spotlight.”
Following the success of the NCL Cup last year, the National Cycling League will continue to expand on its events. The 2024 NCL Cup cities will be announced in the coming weeks.