About The World Cycling League

The World Cycling League presents head-to-head track cycling competition on indoor velodromes as highly entertaining, competitive sport. TeamTrak, WCL’s unique format, features co-ed teams of top track racers, an easy to follow scoring system, innovative technology and home teams to cheer for…the ideal sport for today’s tech hungry action sports fan.
Principals & Management | WCL Associates | WCL Expansion Plans

WCL Principals and Management

WCL has assembled a management team with the vision, skill and experience to successfully develop and run the world’s most innovative cycling league.

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David Chauner

Chief Executive Officer

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David Chauner, Chief Executive Officer, is responsible for overseeing all facets of WCL, from sponsorship sales to financing to event planning and implementation. Dave has over 30 years of experience creating, developing and managing event properties and business units in the sport of cycling. As one of the sport’s leading entrepreneurs, he has created and managed over 70 large scale events throughout the U.S., including securing over $50 million in corporate sponsorships, negotiating media relationships and public/private partnerships.

He was instrumental in developing an elite competition and grass roots program that established Pennsylvania’s Lehigh County Velodrome as the best outdoor velodrome in the world. For 28 years, he ran the nation’s top-ranked professional cycling race on the international cycling calendar in Philadelphia.  From 1998 to 2000, Chauner was a group director for Octagon, one of the world’s largest sports marketing agencies.

He is a former Olympic cyclist (1968, 1972) and inductee into the U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame (1998) and the Lehigh County Velodrome Hall of Fame (2005). Dave is the author of High Road, Chasing the Yellow Jersey, an action novel set within the world of top-level professional cycling.

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John Nelson

Chief Operating Officer

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John Nelson, Chief Operating Officer, is responsible for the overall operation of the league, coordinating the various operational aspects and making sure the business runs smoothly. This includes a wide array of responsibilities, from sponsorship sales to finance to logistics of the event planning. John is a business entrepreneur who has been part of the senior management team in over eight successful start-up ventures, including Montague Corporation (a full-sized folding bicycle), Smartleaf, Placemark Investments, F-Squared Investments, UAM Investment Services, and other ventures.

John has extensive knowledge of the cycling industry from his tenure at Montague, but also brings the operational background to grow and manage a business in a high-growth environment. He is a graduate of Brown University and earned an MBA from MIT Sloan School of Business.

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Rick Mayer

Director

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Rick Mayer, Director, has spent three decades as a business executive, entrepreneur, investor and philanthropist. His diverse business career includes working in finance at Morgan Guarantee Trust; running scrap steel, shipping and oil refining businesses in Barbados, Turks & Caicos, Belize and Costa Rica; and running an international trade and investment development program in Yemen, Guatemala and Panama.

Throughout his career he has been an advisor and private equity investor in a variety of businesses including bio fuels, high tech irrigation systems, internet media, entertainment and sports. He president of the MFUNd Foundation, a family philanthropic trust and a founder and partner in Everybody Plays Foundation, a Connecticut based non-profit focused on developing the Centric Cycling and Sports Center, an indoor velodrome and sports complex being planned for the New Haven area. Mayer is graduate of Yale University, a lifelong cyclist and dedicated proponent of sustainable agriculture.

Chuck Baker

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Chuck Baker is a nationally acclaimed sports and entertainment lawyer who chairs the Sports Industry Group of O’Melveny & Myers in New York. His practice includes mergers and acquisitions, private equity, and venture capital transactions. He has represented a wide range of buyers and sellers of sports franchises in every major professional league, including the NFL, NBA, NHL, MLB, MLS and many European football leagues. He has guided the acquisition and sale of top professional franchises by investors in the U.S., Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. In 2015, Baker represented the owners of the Atlanta Hawks in the sale of the NBA team, a transaction that Global M&A Networks recognized as the USA Deal of the Year.

Baker received his J.D. from Cornell Law School in 1985 and is a Distinguished Lecturer at NYU’s Tisch Institute for Sports Management, Media and Business. An avid cyclist and triathlete, Chuck has served USA Triathlon as an Independent Director, Board of Directors.

WCL Associates

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For over 20 years, BrightMark has been helping businesses find a clear path forward in how they engage the market and grow: vision, identity, positioning, brand, offering, customer engagement and culture. Clients include American Express, CitiBank, John Templeton Foundation, Harvard Medical, Tsingtao Beer, Snapple, Samsung, CamelBak, International Championship Boxing League, Deloitte, and more. Brightmark specializes in building opt-in followers and a social community through email, social media, and outreach marketing.

obsessionmedia.com

Specializes in lifestyle media and marketing technology focused on OTT niche audience development and monetization through distribution of sports content via independent channels and apps. Obsession develops media platforms and packages and sells sports property assets to sponsors.

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Windfall Productions, is one of most well respected names in the sports and entertainment production industry with three decades of experience guiding creative, technical and operational aspects of live and recorded programs for broadcast and online distribution. Windfall’s productions have appeared on ESPN, ABC Sports, CBS Sports, NBC Sports and many regional and international cable networks.

komsports.comKOM Sports Marketing, is a boutique sports marketing agency that is well known in the Olympic Sports world and has a particular expertise in marketing sports properties for sponsorship and public recognition. KOM is behind North America’s top tier cycling properties including the Amgen Tour of California, the US Pro Cycling Challenge in Colorado and Canada’s Tour of Alberta.

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AVT is a leading Audio Visual Systems Integration company that specializes in design, installation, training and support of custom digital media AV solutions including video production services and facilities, large screen monitor wall displays and worldwide AV and IT media content networks. Their diverse clients include the China Arena Football League, Lockheed Martin’s Patriot Center, Philadelphia’s Franklin Institute and video production services for a wide variety broadcast and sports applications.

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This award-winning full service digital studio led by Janet Atkinson specializes in custom websites, interactive and visual communications for a wide range of clients such as Harvard Business School, Sony Music, ING Financial, and The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Atkinson created the World Cycling League website and provides ongoing digital design services, website development, and technical consultation and support.

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Anschutz Entertainment Group and VELO Sports Center own and operate the United States’ only world class indoor velodrome at the world famous StubHub Center, a $150 million national training center located on the campus of California State University, Dominguez Hills in Carson, CA. AEG, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Anschutz Company is one of the leading sports and entertainment presenters in the world that owns, controls or is affiliated with a collection of companies including over 100 of the world’s preeminent facilities.

World Cycling League Plans for Expansion

Following its successful pilot event, the 2016 TeamTrak Premiere at the VELO Sports Center, WCL intends to develop additional conferences at other velodromes around the world that are capable of meeting TeamTrak production standards. The WCL’s top priority is to create and operate an East Coast HQ facility and  production center with built in state-of-the art technology, video capability and world class 200m velodrome patterned after the UCI world HQ velodrome in Aigle, Switzerland. Although 200 meters is the ideal size for WCL’s TeamTrak format, many of the world’s 80+ underutilized 200 and 250 meter indoor velodromes will also benefit from a thirty six day season of TeamTrak racing. With every new conference comes new teams and more athletes who will have the opportunity to compete as contracted cyclists in the World Cycling League.

Contact us for more information on WCL expansion plans and opportunities including the development of new indoor velodromes in the United States.

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