With a new year, a new calendar. You can now see the upcoming races with with the Tropicale Amissa Bongo being followed by the Tour de San Luis in Argentina and then the Santos Tour Down Under whilst the Euro season-opener, the Grand Prix Cycliste la Marseillaise is now in view.
The full calendar of mens and women’s pro races is at inrng.com/calendar or look for the link at the top of the page or see below to download a copy.
If you want to take a copy with you, you can download the calendar for your organiser, phone, computer and other devices : inrng2013RaceCalendar.ics. Save the ics / iCal / iCalendar file and you can import it into your electronic diary. One or two clicks and it’s on your iPhone / Outlook etc.
This calendar changes, some races will move dates or even vanish given the economic woes, the Italian opener, the GP Costa degli Etruschi is already in danger. I’ll try to update as changes occur.
Each race is listed with its location and the UCI status as a suffix. Here’s what the UCI codes mean:
- (WT) means World Tour and includes all the prime races on the calendar, from the three grand tours (Giro d’Italia, Tour de France, Vuelta a Espana) to the one day classics like Paris-Roubaix, the Tour of Flanders and Il Lombardia, as well as others like the Tour of Poland or the Tour Down Under and can be anywhere in the world. All 18 UCI Pro Teams must ride plus organisers may invite UCI Pro Continental Teams.
After this come races in different races that are grouped by region, with the UCI Asia Tour, UCI America Tour, UCI Africa Tour and UCI Oceania Tour and UCI Europe Tour. The bulk of races on the calendar above are in Europe with races like the Het Nieuwsblad, the Criterium International or the Tour of Denmark but we also find races like the Tour of California and the Tour de Langkawi.
- (HC) is the next level down and up to 70% of the teams may come from the UCI Pro Teams but UCI Pro Continental and UCI Continental teams can be invited
- (.1) is another step down where up to 50% of the teams can be UCI Pro Team with the rest from Pro Continental, Continental and also national teams
- There is also (.2) but I’ve excluded these races to keep the calendar concise and focus on the top pro races around the world
- Note 1.HC and 1.1 denotes a one day race and 2.HC or 2.1 means a stage race
- Women’s races are W1.1 and the biggest races are the Women’s World Cup with the W.WC label