2014 Pro Cycling Calendar

Here’s the 2014 calendar for all the major men’s and women’s races and, included below, how to download it to your smartphone or electronic diary.

Race Status
Underpinning all races is a hierarchy of events, each with their own category. First come the World Tour races and the Olympic and World Championships then the so called hors catégorie races with their HC label. Then races are either Class 1 or Class 2.

These classifications are often abbreviated, you might see races labelled as “WT”, “HC” or “1.1 and “2.2″. A one day race is labelled as 1 and then followed by the appropriate suffix, eg WT for a one day World Tour race and HC for a one day HC race, for example Milan-Turin is labelled as 1.HC whilst a smaller race like the Giro del Veneto is 1.1. A stage race is labelled as 2 and the same prefixes are used so the Tour de France is 2.WT, the Tour of Britain is 2.1.

These classes affect the points awarded to riders. Confusingly there are different points awarded according to the calendar of races.

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iCal
An iCal is a calendar file that you can store on your phone or electronic diary like Outlook. There are several ways to get this on to your computer or phone.

Subscribe and get automatic updates: The recommended option is to subscribe by copying the iCal URL:

https://www.google.com/calendar/ical/bhmdlgm70iog6io7notfcjnkeo%40group.calendar.google.com/public/basic.ics

  • If you use MacOS/iOS copy the URL to the iCal file then Calendar.app hit cmd+alt+S (or File>New Calendar Subscription…) whilst in Calendar.app, paste in the link and it will update across all your devices and updates will be processed
  • iPhone/iPad users should put their finger here and wait for the pop up message and select copy. Then go to settings > mail/contacts/calendars > then “add account” > “other” > “add subscribed calendar” > paste the copied URL into the server field and follow the instructions. Think about turning off the alarm so you don’t get midnight alerts
  • If you use Microsoft Outlook, copy the URL and then go to Tools > Account Settings > Internet Calendars and paste the URL to subscribe. In each case when the calendar is updated with a date change or an event is cancelled your software will upload the new data.

Direct download: You can download the iCal file for your organiser, phone, computer and other devices from here

google.com/calendar/ical/…/basic.ics

Right-click to save the ics / iCal / iCalendar file and you can import it into your electronic diary. If you have trouble with the subscription then this is an easier option but it means you might want to download a new version a few times a year to get the latest version.

Google Calendar: If you use Google Calendar then click on the icon on the bottom-right of the calendar up above. Note this method can work with Android phones when the iCal file might not although you might need the Google Sync calendar app.

UCI Calendar explained
The UCI has several calenders World Tour and then Africa, America, Asia, Europe and Oceania Tours. Each race is listed with its location and UCI status as a suffix:

  • (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 65% of the teams may come from the UCI ProTeams 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

These classes affect the points awarded to riders. Confusingly there are different points awarded according to the calendar of races.

World Tour points scale
The World Tour is separate and riders on World Tour squads earn points on the following basis:

Tour de France Giro & Vuelta Stage Races and One Day Monuments* One Day Races**
1 200 170 100 80
2 150 130 80 60
3 120 100 70 50
4 110 90 60 40
5 100 80 50 30
6 90 70 40 22
7 80 60 30 14
8 70 52 20 10
9 60 44 10 6
10 50 38 4 2
11 40 32
12 30 26
13 24 22
14 20 18
15 16 14
16 12 10
17 10 8
18 8 6
19 6 4
20 4 2
Stage wins
1 20 16 6
2 10 8 4
3 6 4 2
4 4 2 1
5 2 1 1
* Tour Down Under, Paris-Nice, Tirreno Adriatico, Milan-Sanremo, Tour of Flanders, Tour of Basque Country, Paris-Roubaix, Liège-Bastogne-Liège, Tour de Romandie, Tour of Catalonia, Dauphiné, Tour de Suisse, Tour of Poland, Eneco Tour, Il Lombardia, Tour of Beijing
** E3 Prijs Harelbeke, Gent-Wevelgem, Amstel Gold Race, Flèche Wallonne, Classica San Sebastian, Vattenfall Cyclassics, GP Plouay, GP Québec, GP Montreal

Note points are not awarded for wearing a leaders jersey each day in a stage race, only the final overall position counts. And eyebrows may rise when a win in the Tour Down Under or Tour of Beijing brings in as many points as a win in Paris-Roubaix or Liège-Bastogne-Liège. But there’s no debate, the arithmetic is black and white.

HC, 1, 2 points scale
For HC, Class 1 and Class 2 races outside of the World Tour, the following points scale applies.

Olympics & Worlds HC Class 1 Class 2
1 200 100 80 40
2 170 70 56 30
3 140 40 32 16
4 130 30 24 12
5 120 25 20 10
6 110 15 16 8
7 100 10 12 6
8 90 10 8 3
9 80 9 7
10 70 8 6
11 60 7 5
12 50 6 3
13 40 5
14 30 4
15 20 3
16 15
17 10
18 8
19 5
20 3
Stage wins
1 20 16 8
2 14 11 5
3 8 6 2
4 7 5
5 6 4
6 5 2
7 4
8 2
Overall leader per day 10 8 4

If you’ve made it this far then note there are other rankings, such as Cycling Quotient.

In fact the UCI itself uses an additional internal scoring system to rank riders. Because the World Tour and regional tours have different points scales this hidden system is used to score riders so that the teams can be assessed for the “sporting value” element of the World Tour selection criteria for promotion and relegation.

Finally the sport is not about leagues and rankings. The points system is a powerful driver of rider wages and race tactics to the point where UCI points are almost the coin of the realm. It’s a subject that crops up regularly on the blog. Despite all this the essence of sport is crossing the finish line first.

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