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UCI Calendar Analysis

Tour of Langkawi
After the World Tour last week now for a look at the full pro calendar. The World Tour might have retreated from China but there are 48 days of racing in the country, more than the USA, Britain and Australia… combined.

Full Calendar
The wider calendar has all the .HC and .1 rated races around the world on the UCI Europe, America, Asia, Oceania and Africa Tours as well as the World Tour, so the Tour de France, the spring classics but also the Tour of Langkawi (pictured) and more. There are 194 races – a grand tour counts as one race – with a total of 606 days of racing.

To explain the status of these races:

  • the World Tour races must invite all the UCI WorldTeams, normally the top-18 teams with a licence to ride. They have the automatic right to ride all these premium races. The race can then invite other teams but only from the UCI Pro Continental tier
  • HC is hors catégorie or “beyond categorisation”, a hyperbolic term for a race which the UCI is perfectly capable of labelling. In practical terms these races can invite up to 70% of the field of World Tour teams and the remaining 30% to UCI Pro Conti teams and then Continental teams from the home country
  • .1 are races where no more than 50% of the field can comprise of World Tour teams, the rest is made up of Pro Conti and Conti teams and national squads (ie France, Italy)
  • .2 races are not included in the calendar analysis here as if they’re on the international calendar they can only invite local Pro Conti teams and the field can include regional and club teams

But where are all these races? The chart below shows the number of events and race days by country. Only countries with two or more races feature.

You can see France’s pre-eminent position on the calendar. The Tour de France helps but there’s the Dauphiné and Paris-Nice and many more stage races from the five-day Four Days of Dunkirk to the Route du Sud and then a long tail of .1 one day races like the new Clasica Corsica or the very old Paris-Camembert. Flick to the number of race days and China surges to fifth place thanks to five long stage races including the 13-14 day Tour of Qinghai Lake. There are no international-level one day pro races on the pro calendar. Britain gets some new races with the ASO Yorkshire 3-day plus a new event in Wales.

The chart above shows the amount of racing month by month. Unlike the World Tour which emerges in January and hibernates until March, there’s a busy calendar of racing February and an even mix through the year. May stands out with 98 days of racing, or over 3 races a day. While you might watch the Giro and Tour of California in May there’s also the eight day Tour of Japan and the six day Tour of Iran among others.

Like the World Tour analysis this is just a count of days. One minute of mid-stage airtime in the Tour de France can bring more valuable publicity than an outright win in a lot of the races above. But still the count helps display some facts, there might be more races in China than you imagined but the calendar is probably even more French then you thought too. The full calendar has a broad mix of races around the world but with 44 races France alone has almost a quarter of events worldwide. France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Italy and Spain stage over two thirds of the pro calendar.

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  • Augie March. Tuesday, 21 October 2014, 3:59 pm

    Just some corrections as I know you appreciate loyal reader edits.

    “The wider calendar has”
    “…publicity than a win in a lot of the races”
    “…calendar is probably even more French than you”

  • Nazrul Tuesday, 21 October 2014, 4:09 pm

    You use a pic from queen stage at Tour de Langkawi. I smile looking at it.

    • The Inner Ring Tuesday, 21 October 2014, 4:20 pm

      Yes, Genting Highlands and the temple gates behind. The steep but from memory.

  • Ash Tuesday, 21 October 2014, 7:58 pm

    I don’t understand how November can have 0.00 races in the 2015 UCI Calendar Month by Month (final bar chart), but then show 8.00 days of racing… Just a very minor comment, and very likely my misunderstanding. Otherwise, an interesting article. As always. Thanks!

    • Anonymous Wednesday, 22 October 2014, 1:03 am

      A guess, but perhaps this is caused by the 9-stage Taihu Lake event beginning on Oct 31st next year?

  • Anonymous Tuesday, 21 October 2014, 8:45 pm

    The survival of so many big French races after so many years of French cycling not even coming close to win them says a lot. Whatever happened to Midi-Libre and the Classique des Alpes.

  • Physics pedant Tuesday, 21 October 2014, 11:27 pm

    These graphs play havoc when viewed on safari mobile. The screen keeps scrolling when you pass a graph

    • Andy W Wednesday, 22 October 2014, 12:19 pm

      I don’t see them at all in the RSS feed through to my Yahoo mail account

      • Simon E Wednesday, 22 October 2014, 4:17 pm

        Andy, I use bloglines to keep track of new content but always click through to the site itself to read the article and comments. That way I know that InRng shows the adverts as well as the content. Although I’m not a fan of adverts I realise that without them there wouldn’t be much content.

        The charts display perfectly using Firefox and Safari on OS X.

        • The Inner Ring Wednesday, 22 October 2014, 4:47 pm

          Thanks both, Andy for alerting me to the browser incompatibility and Simon E for the ad support.

          I think I’ve fixed this for the Safari bug, there is a Datawrapper chart on the 2015 Tour piece which should be stable. Any feedback welcome to confirm or not as I can’t tell.

  • Physics pedant Thursday, 23 October 2014, 5:44 pm

    The scroll still jerks upwards with the graphs flashing on and off on safari mobile

  • Physics pedant Thursday, 23 October 2014, 5:46 pm

    Apologies, its stable on the 2015 tour route. Thanks