With the 2020 season just finished, here’s the pro cycling calendar for 2021, free to download for your diary or phone. It’s packed with racing and obviously conditional on the outlook for public health next year, already the Tour Down Under and the Herald Sun Tour have been cancelled but there are a few additions and omissions so here’s a closer look…
All of the major UCI men’s and women’s pro races around the world are included. Some races might move dates and sadly others might vanish too. You can browse the calendar above and if you want the ical file it’s here:
If you want tech support on how to incorporate this iCal into your diary or phone, or an explainer on the UCI labels like 1.UWT or 2.Pro, see the permanent calendar page at inrng.com/calendar.
What stands out is just how dense the calendar is again. 2020 saw many races saved thanks to postponement but they tended to be the big events. Plenty of smaller races from March onwards were abandoned for the year and when the season resumed in August many due to take place in their habitual slot didn’t because of local issues, travel problems for the peloton or the problem of being in competition with a grand tour and a monument classic squeezed them out. Now publishing a calendar is no guarantee of a full season next year. Similarly filing with the local federation and the UCI months out is the easy bit for an organiser and putting a race on and meeting the bills is going to be harder. But it’s encouraging to see so many familiar names back.
What’s new? Not much but among the additions there’s a women’s Tour de Suisse, just two days long, but so new it might be a discovery on the calendar that’s yet to be announced, it’ll be a 2.1W-status race. There’s a Greek Monuments Tour, a 2.1 in May.
What’s gone? The Tour Down Under and Herald Sun Tour already and obviously the continuing pandemic is going to cause concerns for many other events. The Tour of Saudi Arabia, the Tour of Oman and the Tour of Yorkshire have yet to be confirmed for the year so they’re not on there. The Hammer Series events don’t feature either, nor does the early season Tropicale Amissa Bongo in Gabon.