Miami Nights win second round of NCL Cup in Denver

Paola Muñoz secures the team win doe Miami Nights at Denver race of 2023 NCL Cup
Paola Muñoz secures the team win doe Miami Nights at Denver race of 2023 NCL Cup (Image credit: NCL / SnowyMountain Photography)

Controlling the final sprints in both the men’s and women’s criteriums at the National Cycling League’s NCL Cup in Denver, Colorado, the Miami Nights won the second stop of the three-race series on Saturday. Miami Nights’ Alfredo Rodriguez earned the 30 maximum points on the finishing lap to set up the women’s squad in the lead, and Paola Muñoz secured the team win with her final-lap sprint.

The points-based races of the inaugural NCL Cup combine scores of the co-ed teams to crown a team winner. The Denver Disruptors won the opening round in Miami Beach back in April, so were looking for a repeat victory to keep their hopes alive for the Triple Crown title of the NCL Cup, a $100,000 bonus to one co-ed team which could sweep all three races. But before the finals in Atlanta on August 20, the Miami Nights put an end to that plan.

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Jackie Tyson
North American Production editor

Jackie has been involved in professional sports for more than 30 years in news reporting, sports marketing and public relations. She founded Peloton Sports in 1998, a sports marketing and public relations agency, which managed projects for Tour de Georgia, Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah and USA Cycling. She also founded Bike Alpharetta Inc, a Georgia non-profit to promote safe cycling. She is proud to have worked in professional baseball for six years - from selling advertising to pulling the tarp for several minor league teams. She has climbed l'Alpe d'Huez three times (not fast). Her favorite road and gravel rides are around horse farms in north Georgia (USA) and around lavender fields in Provence (France), and some mtb rides in Park City, Utah (USA).

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