Milan-Sanremo is this Saturday and hopefully you’ve got it as a date in your diary. Only some loyal readers may not because when this site put the 2016 pro cycling calendar online last October Milan-Sanremo was left off by mistake. Subscribers need not worry but if you downloaded the file it’s worth getting the updated version below as it’s got La Primavera and several other changes.
If you haven’t downloaded the file nor subscribed you’ll find info below how to do this plus a quick explainer on the calendar and that UCI labels like “1.HC” and “2.1” mean.
The calendar which lists all the major pro races for men and women. You can look in any time you like: mobile users will see “Menu” drop down menu button near the top of the page and desktop users will find the “CALENDAR” link at the top of the page.
You can also have the file in your electronic diary whether in your iPhone, Outlook, S Planner, Google Calendar and so on.
An iCal is a calendar file that you can store on your phone or electronic diary. 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 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.
- With Google Calendar then open it and click view calendar > Other Calendars > Add by URL and then past the URL in
All these methods above are the best way 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. This means you won’t get any updates automatically and if have downloaded before and don’t have Milan-Sanremo showing this Saturday then get the new file.
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 invited may come from the UCI World Tour Teams with UCI Pro Continental and UCI Continental teams making up the rest of the field
- .1 is another step down where up to 50% of the teams can be UCI World Tour Teams 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 any stage race
- Women’s races are W1.1 etc and the biggest races are the Women’s World Tour or WWT
- There is also a UCI category .2 but these races are excluded to keep the calendar concise and focus on the top pro races