The 2013 domestic road season was a landmark one for the sport of cycling in the UK with the sport reaching ever wider audiences through the growth of events like the British Cycling Road Race Championships, witnessed by over 35,000 spectators in Glasgow, and new events welcomed to the calendar in Ipswich, Leicester and further afield.
Building on that success British Cycling today announced the dates of its national road series events for 2014 and with it, substantial change and growth in the structure of the national calendar.
The biggest changes to the series for 2014 come with the introduction of the British Cycling Elite Road Series which replaces the Premier Calendar.
The new season long ranking for teams and individuals is made up of two blocks of racing to be known as the Spring Cup and the Grand Prix Series. A total of nine races make up the two series for 2014
For 2014 the Elite Circuit Series will remain unchanged in format, a total of six events will form the series next season. The series will take place during July and will culminate with the series finale in Wales on 30th July.
Following the rapid growth of domestic racing in recent years and the burgeoning domestic elite racing scene, British Cycling also announce the introduction of a new tier of teams to sit below UCI Continental.
The new category of British Cycling Elite National Team will reward teams who meet a set of professional standards with a set number of benefits and guarantees inclusion into the Elite Road Series events. Along with UCI teams, the new Elite National Teams will be included in both individual and team overall rankings across the British Cycling Elite Road Series.
The existing club team structure will still exist in its current format and National Series events will continue to be open to club teams and individual riders, although inclusion within the overall rankings for those series respectively will only be open to teams who have affiliated to the series for the full season.
Full details of the new team category and the criteria and process for application can be found at www.britishcycling.org.uk/road/teams
In the British Cycling Women’s Road Series there are 10 races once again as the series continues to grow in stature along with the strength in depth of the sport.
Also announced are the British Cycling Junior Road Series and British Cycling Youth Circuit Series.
|British Cycling Elite Circuit Series|
|Wednesday||2 July 2014||Otley GP|
|Friday||11 July 2014||Stockton Festival of Cycling|
|Wednesday||16 July 2014||Colne Grand Prix|
|Friday||18 July 2014||Beverley GP|
|Wednesday||23 July 2014||Sheffield GP|
|Wednesday||30 July 2014||The Wales Open Criterium|
|British Cycling Elite Road Series - Spring Cup|
|Saturday - Sunday||12 - 13 April 2014||Tour of the Reservoir 2 Day|
|Sunday||4 May 2014||Cycle Wiltshire GP|
|Sunday||11 May 2014||Lincoln GP|
|British Cycling Elite Road Series - Grand Prix Series|
|Sunday||13 July 2014||Stockton Festival of Cycling|
|Sunday||20 July 2014||Ryedale GP|
|Sunday||27 July 2014||Circuit of the Fens|
|Saturday||02 August 2014||Stafford Kermesse|
|Sunday||17 August 2014||Leicester Kermesse|
|Sunday||31 August 2014||UCS Ipswich and Coastal GP|
|British Cycling Women's Road Series|
|Sunday||27 April 2014||Cheshire Classic|
|Sunday||18 May 2014||Womens Cicle Classic|
|Sunday||1 June 2014||Hillingdon Womens GP|
|Saturday - Sunday||14 - 15 June 2014||CDNW Surf and Turf 2 Day|
|Sunday||22 June 2014||Curlew Cup|
|Wednesday||2 July 2014||Otley GP|
|Saturday - Sunday||12 -13 July 2014||Essex Giro 2 Day|
|Wednesday||23 July 2014||Sheffield GP - Womens Race|
|Sunday||20 July 2014||Ryedale GP Womens race|
|Friday - Saturday||1 - 2 August 2014||Stafford GP and Kermesse|
|British Cycling Junior Road Series|
|Sunday||23 March 2014||Cadence Road Race|
|Saturday - Sunday||5 - 6 April 2014||Junior Tour of the Mendips|
|Sunday||27 April 2014||Junior Cicle Classic|
|Saturday - Monday||2 - 4 May 2014||IOM Junior Tour|
|Sunday||18 May 2013||Loughborough University Junior Road Race|
|Sunday||15 June 2014||Bikeline Tom Simpson Junior Road Race|
|Sunday||6 July 2014||Hatherleigh Junior Road Race|
|Sunday||27 July 2014||Bath RC Junior Road Race|
|Saturday - Monday||23 - 25 August 2014||Junior Tour of Wales 3-Day|
|British Cycling Youth Circuit Series|
|Sunday||13 April 2014||Hetton Youth Circuit Races|
|Friday - Saturday||2 - 4 May 2014||IOM Youth Tour|
|Saturday - Monday||24 - 26 May 2014||NW Youth Tour (Sat - Mon)|
|Saturday||7 June 2014||Team MK Circuit Races|
|Saturday||21 June 2014||Hillingdon Slipstreamers Circuit Races|
|Sunday||27 July 2014||Maindy Flyers Youth Circuit Races|
|Sunday||3 August 2014||Susies Youth Circuit Races|
|Sunday||31 August 2014||Scarborough Festival of Cycling 2014|