The National Cycling League (NCL) has announced the second race of its inaugural NCL Cup race series, which will take place on Sunday, Aug. 13 at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colorado, near downtown Denver.
Ten co-ed teams of professional cyclists will participate in the criterium-style race circuit around Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, including the Denver Disruptors, winners of the NCL’sProfessional Cyclists From 10 Teams Will Compete on Course Around Dick’s Sporting Goods Park first-ever race in Miami Beach on April 8.
The race course features a 1.2-mile, four-corner circuit, starting and finishing at East 59th Place and Valentia Street, at the south end of the stadium. The men’s race will begin at 2:30 p.m., followed by the women’s race at 4 p.m., and an awards ceremony at 5:30 p.m.
The NCL aims to grow the passion and excitement for cycling among fans, especially the next generation, by introducing them to the fast-paced action and excitement of criterium racing in a league format similar to other professional sports.
NCL races are sanctioned by USA Cycling and have an innovative competition format, where men and women compete on the same team and the same course, respecting their differences while valuing their contributions equally. Real-time data and scoring are accessible through the NCL’s scoreboard, a first in professional criterium racing.
In the NCL Cup race, men and women riders compete separately in approximately 30-lap, 1-mile criterium loops, accumulating points. Riders can substitute in and out during the first 25 laps from the course-side Team Pit. Team points are earned based on riders’ positions.
The Denver Disruptors, coached by Svein Tuft, consist of elite riders and former Olympians and Tour de France participants from 10 countries. They have notable cyclists like two-time Olympian Leah Kirchman and six-time Tour de France participant Reinardt Janse van Rensburg.
Pre-race events will take place on August 12-13, including live race qualifying via a virtual time trial of the course at event partner Left Hand Brewing’s RiNo location on Saturday, Aug. 12. Other festivities include kids and amateur races, a street festival, and an expo featuring food trucks, vendors, and interactive experiences for all.
Race attendance, parking, and bike valet are free and open to the public. VIP Hospitality start/finish line tickets are available for purchase, offering preferred seating and all-inclusive food, beer, wine, and non-alcoholic beverages.
For those interested in volunteer opportunities during the NCL Cup Denver race, information can be found on the NCL’s website: nclracing.com/get-involved.
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