The NCL Cup Atlanta to Pilot a New Approach to Cycling Races

August 8, 2023

Be part of the action as the National Cycling League hosts the final race in the NCL Cup series.

ATLANTA/ENDURANCE SPORTSWIRE/ – Gear up, Atlanta! This August, you’re invited to an action-packed weekend of racing brought to you by the National Cycling League (NCL).

On Saturday, August 19, at 6 p.m., get an insider’s view at the Team Qualifier event hosted at Bearings Bike Works (982 Murphy Ave SW 982 A, Atlanta, GA 30310). Open and free to the public, this event will consist of bracket races with men and women’s heats alternating, providing an exhilarating experience for cycling enthusiasts. Come and witness the action of street sprints, participate in a fun-filled kid’s ride, and enjoy an array of food truck offerings.

Then, on Sunday, August 20, at 10 a.m., get ready for the main ticketed event–NCL Cup Atlanta. Set against the backdrop of the world-class Porsche Experience Center Atlanta driver development track, this criterium-style race is unlike any you’ve seen before.

Witness ten co-ed teams, featuring Olympians, former Tour de France competitors, and national champions, as they tackle the technical .9 mile, 30 lap circuit on the track. Every lap promises a new round of excitement, thanks to the NCL’s innovative scoring system, which awards points to riders on every lap, not just at the finish line.

Adding to the excitement, the NCL will integrate the very latest sports technology, enhancing athlete, team, and fan experiences alike. As such, in-person, and remote spectators (through broadcasting on the Global Cycling Network) will both have access to real-time data and scoring via the NCL’s innovative scoreboard, marking a first in professional criterium racing.

Andrea Pagnanelli, NCL CEO, said, “With this dual approach of both open-to-the-public and ticketed events, our goal is to expand our love of cycling beyond fans watching races in person. It’s about having engaging athletes, exciting content, unique in-person and virtual experiences, and high-quality broadcasting.”

The championship race will culminate in one co-ed team being crowned victorious.

Proceeds of the ticketed VIP event of August 20th will benefit Bearings Bike Works, a nonprofit that utilizes bikes to help youth in Southwest Atlanta develop the skills necessary to successfully transition into adulthood and the workforce.

This remarkable weekend of racing promises an unforgettable fan experience. Mark your calendars and join us in celebrating cycling throughout Atlanta and beyond. To purchase tickets for the August 20 race, visit nclracing.com.

About National Cycling League: Founded in 2022, the National Cycling League (NCL) is transforming professional cycling into a world-class spectator sport. The inaugural 2023 NCL Cup is a series of three professional criterium races in iconic cities across the United States: Miami Beach, Denver, and Atlanta. For more information, visit https://nclracing.ticketsocket.com/.