National Cycling League Shakes Up Future of Sport with Expansion Announcement and Suspension of Numerous Riders

Published 09/14/2023, 10:34 AM EDT

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The National Cycling League has been a huge success right from its debut this year. However, behind all the glory was some concerning darkness. The management faced several problems, including an instance where they were forced to scrap an event. Thus, it was evident that the NCL needed to come up with something drastic.

In a surprising move, the National Cycling League (NCL) has unveiled its expansion plans for the 2024 season. Reports indicate that the NCL is introducing a new franchise team based in Atlanta, Georgia. While this might be great news for cycling fans, other happenings made things a little damp.

This announcement comes at a time when dozens of riders from other NCL franchises find themselves out of jobs. What does the future have in place for the NCL riders? Let’s find out.


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Atlanta: A New Hub for Cycling Enthusiasts

The NCL’s decision to establish a franchise team in Atlanta comes as a shock to many. It definitely signifies the league’s commitment to growing its presence in the United States. Their aim seems to tap into the thriving cycling community in this major metropolitan area. The league has already received a warm reception in Atlanta. Recently, they even hosted a successful event at the Porsche Experience Center Atlanta.


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NCL is inclined towards investing in the local cycling communities across the country to promote the sport. As Atlanta emerges as a hub for cycling enthusiasts, the league’s presence in the city is expected to energize the local cycling scene and foster a sense of community among riders and fans alike.

On the one hand, the expansion into Atlanta is undoubtedly exciting news for the NCL and the city’s cycling enthusiasts. However, it is overshadowed by the league’s decision to lay off a significant number of riders from existing franchise teams. Denver Disruptors and Miami Nights, in particular, had not renewed the contracts for a lot of their riders for the upcoming year. These layoffs, though painful, are viewed as a strategic move by the NCL’s CEO, Andrea Pagnanelli.

Pagnanelli also emphasized the importance of offseason restructuring and the need to make tough decisions in order to secure the league’s financial stability and growth potential in the future.

National Cycling League building for the Future: Re-signing and Promising Prospects

Despite the layoffs, the NCL remains committed to its core mission of promoting American cycling. Their vision is to double down on providing a platform for riders to showcase their talent. The league has recently completed the first wave of re-signing riders for its franchise teams. Thanks to this, notable cyclists such as Paola Muñoz, Andrea Cyr, Noah Granigan, and others secured their spots.


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However, it’s worth noting that some high-profile riders were absent from the list. The exclusion of former WorldTour rider and Olympian Leah Kirchmann led to speculation about their potential return in 2024.

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Looking ahead, the NCL is actively engaging with other prominent riders to bolster its roster and enhance the competitive landscape of the league. While the recent layoffs have undoubtedly cast a shadow, the NCL remains optimistic about its future.


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Anirudh Kidambi covers Viral Sports Moments at EssentiallySports, and has been an avid writer for over 3 years. Apart from following Formula 1, eSports and cricket, he loves to read and swim whenever he gets the chance to. If you don’t see him in front of his laptop writing, gaming or watching movies, you can find him actively participating in local quiz clubs.
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