2015 Pro Cycling Calendar
Here’s the 2015 pro cycling calendar and you can subscribe or download the iCal file to import the calendar into your organiser, phone and electronic diary. All of the major UCI men’s and women’s pro races around the world are included.
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:
- If you use MacOS/iOS copy the URL… 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 tap a 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.
All these methods above are the best because any additions, deletion and amendments will automatically be pushed to your diary or device.
Direct download: if you can’t do the above, you can download the iCal file for your organiser, phone, computer and other devices from here
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 at the top of the page. Note this method can work with Android phones when the iCal file might not although you might need the Google Sync calendar app.
The Calendar Explained
Each race is listed along with its location and UCI status eg World Tour, 1.1 or 2.HC.
- 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 and 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
- 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 etc and the biggest races are the Women’s World Cup with the W.WC label
- 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
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**|
|*||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|
|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.