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2021 HSBC UK | National Circuit Series: an explainer

A brief guide to British Cycling's national circuit series for women and men

Updated on 30 April, following the cancellation of three races. Updated again on 11 May following the cancellation of the Barnsley Town Centre Races. And updated on 15 June following the addition of the Ilkley Cycle Races.

The 2021 HSBC UK | National Circuit Series for will begin this year with the Otley Grand Prix on 30 June. This brief explainer tells you what it is and how it works.

What is it?

A series of town centre crits held every summer, organised by British Cycling. The women’s National Circuit Series disappeared from the domestic calendar in 2020; the welcome news is that it’s back for 2021. In all, there will be three rounds for women, and five for men.

We anticipate there will be a national circuit championships too but, at the time of writing, no announcement on these had been made.

What are the races?

Women’s series

30 Jun1Spatz Women’s Otley Grand Prix
9 Jul2Barnsley Town Centre
23 Jul2Ilkey Cycle Races
30 Jul3Midlands (tbc)

Men’s series

30 Jun1Property Development Men’s Otley Grand Prix
9 Jul2Barnsley Town Centre
14 Jul3Sheffield Grand Prix
23 Jul2Ilkey Cycle Races
20 Jul4Fort Vale Colne Grand Prix
30 Jul5Midlands (tbc)
2019 HSBC UK Men’s National Circuit Series – Otley Grand Prix, Yorkshire, England. Photo: Alex Whitehead/SWpix.com


Points are awarded to riders finishing in the first 20 places of each race:

30, 28, 26, 24, 22, 20, 18, 16, 14, 12, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1

The overall winner of the Series is the rider who gains the highest total number of points across the Series, with all rounds to count.

In the event of a points tie, the individual winner will be decided based on countback of the number of first places achieved then the number of second places achieved and so on.

Read more

Our explainer on the 2021 National Road Series is here.

The British Cycling pages on the National Circuit Series can be found here. The series regulations can be accessed here.

Featured photo: Alex Whitehead/SWpix.com. 2019 HSBC UK Women’s National Circuit Series – Otley Grand Prix, Yorkshire, England – Jess Roberts of Team Breeze wins.