What is the
ACL?

The American Cycling League is a track cycling organization, dedicated to developing riders and creating exciting racing properties. The Madison Team Race leads out its programming which also includes the Elimination, the Chase, Match Sprints and the Keirin. 

ACL hosts its events at its headquarters at the world class indoor Lexus Velodrome in Detroit, Michigan USA.

The ACL Mission:
“Develop the races, the riders and the audience to move the needle on track cycling at home and abroad.” 

Since inception in 2018, the ACL has staged 100+ races and has live streamed most of them, attracting millions of viewers worldwide. 

Current ACL properties include:

  • Saturday Night Rumble – Regional development races for new riders and new fans
  • Championship Games – Pro/Elite races with prizes totaling more than $120,000 USD
  • Sunday Sprint Series – Monthly sprint tournaments for the big-gear specialists
  • The Race Exchange – Pre and post race interviews with favorite racers, newbies or industry supporters  
  • Track Chats – In depth conversation with track stars and industry veterans from around the world

In all that it does, the ACL is intent on developing riders of every caliber and racers who can compete at the highest level from USAC National Championships to European Six Days and, of course, ACL’s Premier Championships. In so doing, ACL provides a pathway for elite track racers to gain financial security with professional contracts.

Short track racing and specifically the Madison Team Race was a staple sport in the years before cars ruled the speed world.  The creation of the Madison Race format happened in 1899 in Madison Square Garden.  The sport spectacular peaked in the 1920s with professional races in America’s biggest arenas.  Boston Garden, Olympia Stadium in Detroit, Chicago Stadium, Toronto Maple Leaf Garden and the Montreal Forum were famous hockey arenas and also the venues for the glory days of track cycling.  Filled to capacity with fans and celebrities – from Ernest Hemingway to Babe Ruth,  the bike racers were the sports heroes of the day. 

World War II ended many things in America and bike racing was not spared.  Although the sport has since experienced bursts of popularity, the American public has never been offered a regular diet of bike race programming.  By building its audience race-by-race, one fan at a time, the ACL is moving the needle, attracting a multi aged demographic that has discovered what they didn’t know they were missing – humans powering bikes without brakes on a wall of wood in a frenzy of jumps, starts and all out speed.  

Welcome to the American Cycling League.

— Dale Hughes, Chairman