Fan-Pleasant Cycling League Ready to Roll

Combine together a hearty serving to of the Tour de France, a couple of dashes of NASCAR and a pinch of roller derby, and you have got the World Cycling League, a new fan-pleasant method to indoor bike racing. The debut is subsequent weekend in Los Angeles and can soon fill different major cities’ underused indoor velodromes with quick-paced motion and enthusiastic fans.

The World Cycling League will premiere on the Velo Middle in Carson, California on March 18 and 19. The TeamTrak format goals to make bicycle racing an thrilling, simple-to-perceive and very accessible sport, full with hometown teams that followers can unite behind.

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The time is correct to popularize bicycle racing. Today, bike ridership is surging, with bike-to-work days, tremendously improved bike lanes, and group rides akin to Crucial Mass attracting 1000’s of contributors. Like a technology of Americans that grew up on AYSO and now watches the World Cup as rapt as it does the World Collection, this growing crowd of bike riders could also be able to cheer on severe cyclists competing at the next level.

Bicycle racing is not new — so long as there have been pedals, there have been races — but the concept of constructing races around fans’ interest is. Dave Chauner, a two-time Olympic monitor cyclist who co-founded WCL and is its CEO, mentioned the whole lot about the league’s races, guidelines and events was devised with an eye toward making bicycle racing “fan pleasant.”

That includes creating hometown groups that fans can root for season after season. It stands to motive, since almost each US city has a hometown group to root for, whether or not it’s soccer, hockey, baseball, basketball, soccer — or all the above. WCL groups shall be seven-person, combined-gender squads whose roster will change season to season, like an NFL or NBA team’s.

For subsequent week’s inaugural event in LA, there are six teams, with names worthy of souvenir shirts and caps: Colorado Cyclones, Mexico Heat, and Pennsylvania Lightning, among others. The WCL’s imaginative and prescient is to develop over the subsequent three years into a world league with a dozen groups.

The “stadiums” for a league that large, or even considerably larger, already exist. Around the world, there are about eighty indoor velodromes, scattered round 32 nations. For occasions, they’ll be crammed with video screens, music and different features that assist dial up the fun for fans.

Straightforward to understand scoring is another key feature of TeamTrak racing, in keeping with Chauner. It’s a part of the try to make bicycle racing really feel less like something dominated by insiders, intimidating to the casual fan or the households on the lookout for some action and pleasure to get pleasure from together. At a race occasion, the six teams will trip in 12 different races, from quick sprints to a 12,000-meter endurance race. Points from every race add up to a crew’s last rating.

And pricing is a part of the fan-friendly strategy, too. Tickets for the March 18 and 19 collection of races begin at $10 and prime out at $35, making for a fairly priced household outing or date night time.

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