The National Cycling League (NCL), America’s latest attempt to make pro road cycling a relevant and exciting sport, has announced their inaugural calendar of races, including a $1 million prize list criterium series and a training race in Arizona where amateur riders can race with some of the top pros in the world.

The four race NCL Cup criterium series will debut in Miami on 8 April and conclude 10 September in Washington D.C., in between the series will also hold races in races in Atlanta on 14 May and 13 August in Denver.

10 invited domestic teams of men and women, plus the league’s own Miami Nights and Denver Disruptors will compete in the NCL Cup, with riders sprinting for points on every lap of every race to accumulate points towards the $1 million series prize payout. With a tagline of “Don’t Blink,” the NCL promises the new racing format will be exciting, fast paced and technologically innovative…

Prior to the start of the NCL season, the Miami Nights and Denver Disruptors will meet for a league training camp in Phoenix, Arizona from 21 February through 5 March, including participation in the 35th Tucson Bicycle Classic, one of the few remaining amateur stage races in America.

Amateurs will have the opportunity to meet the NCL teams, snap a selfie with world class riders like the Paris-Nice Champion Sergio Henao from the Denver Disruptors or Olympian Daniely Garcia of the Miami Nights, and compete against the NCL pros in Tucson Bicycle Classic time trial, road and circuit races.

Denver Disruptors Team Roster:

Leah Kirchmann, Canada

Hayley Bates, USA

Ava Hachman, USA

Elizabeth “Izzy” Harden, USA

Iro Milaki, Greece

Nerea Nuno Iglesias, Spain

Valentina Scanolara, Italy

Erica Zaveta, USA

Sergio Henao, Colombia

Juan Estaban Arango Carvajal, Colombia

Ulises Alfredo Castillo, Mexico

Noah Granigan, USA

Reinhardt Janse van Rensburg, South Africa

Oskar Nisu, Estonia

Riley Sheehan, USA

Sergei Tvetcov, Romania

Miami Nights Team Roster:

Jeidy Pradera Bernal ,Cuba

Andrea Buttine, USA

Andrea Cyr, USA

Verena Eberhardt, Austria

Daniely Garcia, Venezuela

Taylor Kuyk White, USA

Paola Munoz Grandon, Chile

Brittany Parffrey, USA

Evan Bausbacher, USA

Johnny Clarke, Australia

Andzs Flaksis, Latvia

Bryan Gómez, Colombia

Clever Martinez, Venezuela

Alfredo Rodriguez, Mexico

Kent Ross, USA

Frank Trevieso, Cuba/USA

Photos: NCL