The UCI has published its full 2020 international road season calendar. The calendar includes 8 British UCI road races, a situation largely unchanged from 2019.
|26 Apr||16th Rutland – Melton CiCLE Classic||ME||1.2|
|01 May-02 May||ASDA Tour de Yorkshire Women’s Race||WE||2.1|
|30 Apr-03 May||Tour de Yorkshire||ME||2.Pro|
|08 Jun-13 Jun||OVO Energy Women’s Tour||WE||2.WWT|
|15 Aug||Prudential RideLondon Classique||WE||1.Pro|
|16 Aug||Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic||ME||1.WWT|
|21 Aug-23 Aug||Women’s Tour of Scotland||WE||2.1|
|06 Sep-13 Sep||OVO Energy Tour of Britain||ME||2.Pro|
There are small differences though:
- The Tour de Yorkshire and Tour of Britain are now part of the new men’s Pro Series. This is new ‘second division’ of races, below the World Tour, which effectively replaces the old .HC class of races (more on this in a future post)
- The Prudential RideLondon Classique drops down a class, from World Tour to Pro Series, a decision disputed by the race organisers after they moved the date to accomodate the Olympic race schedule.
Other than that, it’s very much status quo. 4 UCI races for men (2 one-day races, 2 stage races) and 4 for women (1 one-day race and 3 stage races).
Many fans of domestic road racing will have hoped to have seen more .2 class races on the calendar, as proposed by Colin Clews in a post earlier this year. But these things take time. Hopefully British Cycling can work with race organisers to achieve that ambition for 2021.
Featured image: Alex Broadway/SWpix.com. 02/05/2019. 2019 Tour de Yorkshire – Stage 1: Doncaster – Selby – Nicholas Dlamini of Team Dimension Data leads the Peloton at Boothferry Bridge which spans the Rover Ouse