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Tour of Britain qualification process

An explainer and aide-mémoire on the Tour of Britain qualification process

What is it?

A season-long competition to determine which of Britain’s six registered UCI Continental teams will qualify for the four places that the OVO Energy Tour of Britain reserves for British Continental teams.

The process was introduced in 2016 as a fairer, more transparent, way to select domestic teams, and at the same time encourage domestic teams to support the UK racing calendar.

Why is it important?

The Tour of Britain is one of the highest profile – if not the highest – races in the UK. As such, if offers valuable exposure for domestic teams and their sponsors.

Which teams take part?

The six domestic UCI Continental teams: Canyon dhb p/b Bloor Homes, Madison Genesis, Ribble Pro Cycling, SwiftCarbon Pro Cycling, Team Wiggins Le Col and Vitus Pro Cycling p/b Brother.

How does it work?

Teams will score points in 14 major domestic road and circuit series events, starting with the East Cleveland Klondike GP on Sunday 14 April, through to the Manx International stage race (2-4 August). Selection will then be made in order to allow teams a minimum of four weeks’ preparation for the Tour of Britain.

The qualification events

14 AprEast Cleveland Klondike GP
(National Road Series round 1)
Nat A
28 AprRutland-Melton CiCLE Classic1.2
2-5 MayTour de Yorkshire2.HC
12 MayChestnut Homes Lincoln Grand Prix
(National Road Series, round 2)
Nat A
25 MayOVO Energy Tour Series 
(Overall team standing)
9 JunLancaster Grand Prix
(National Road Series, round 3)
Nat A
16 JunCircuit of the Mendips
(National Road Series, round 4)
Nat A
22-23 JunTour of the Reservoir
(National Road Series, round 5)
Nat A
30 JunNational Road Championships road raceNC
7 JulBeaumont Trophy
(National Road Series, round 6)
Nat A
14 JulStockton Grand Prix
(National Road Series, round 7)
Nat A
24 JulNational Circuit Series 
(Overall individual standings)
28 JulSouth Coast Classic
(National Road Series, round 8)
Nat A
2-4 AugManx International Stage Race
(National Road Series, round 9)
Nat A

Scoring system

The six eligible teams will score points on a 10-8-6-4-2-1 scale based on either:

  • their highest overall finisher (best placed general classification rider for the multi-day events),
  • overall individual standing (HSBC UK | National Circuit Series), or
  • overall team standing (OVO Energy Tour Series).

Teams will count their scores from all events, allowing for one dropped score of their worst result.

In the event of a tie between one or more teams, the higher position will be awarded using count back to the team with the most maximum scores. If teams still remain level count back will go to the most second place scores, third place scores and so on down to sixth place scores.

Featured photo: Simon Wilkinson/SWpix.com – 07/09/2018 – Cycling – OVO Energy Tour of Britain 2018 – Stage 6 Barrow to Whinlatter Pass – The peloton passes Lake Thirlmere