NBL Drops Factory Team

In a surprise move, the National Bicycle League appears to have dropped it's Factory Team category at national races for the year 2000. In the past, one team was crowned the #1 Factory Team of the year, givin' them bragging rights for the next season. Evidently, at the Christmas Classic in Columbus, Ohio the Factory Teams stayed away in force, only sending individual riders for the holiday event. As far as we know, the competing sanctioning body, the American Bicycle Association is continuing with the Factory Team category.