As Cycling Weekly revealed 10 days ago, the Premier Calendar will consist of six events in 2013 – the lowest number of races since its inception in 1993. 

British Cycling confirmed the series’ schedule this afternoon (Tuesday), which will run between April and July.

The Lincoln Grand Prix will return for a 58th edition and will be the southern-most event on the calendar of flagship road races in the UK.

The Tour of the Reservoir will again be part of the series and will increase to a two-day event next year, to be held on the final weekend

of April in County Durham and Northumberland.

It will be joined by the Beaumont Trophy and the Stockton Cycling Festival, also in the North East of England.

Seven events were scheduled for the 2012 series but this was reduced to six after the cancellation of the Wilton GP in Salisbury, Wiltshire. 

Returning to the 2013 calendar will be the GP of Wales and the series finale, The Ryedale GP.

The Tour Doon Hame in Dumfries is a notable absentee while the Maldon Dengie Tour will also be missing, returning to a National B race following the death of organiser Alan Rosner earlier this year. The Wilton GP will also not run in the series following this year’s cancellation. 

The scheduled for the six-round Elite Circuit Series was also unveiled this afternoon. BC have made event more compact – it will take place over just three weeks – in an attempt to “receive better support from the country’s UCI Continental teams than in 2012”. 

Referring to the men’s calendar for 2013, men’s elite road calendar, British Cycling’s Cycle Sport and Membership Director, Jonny Clay, said: “We’re in a fairly good place overall but we recognise that there are areas where the sport as a whole needs to progress, for example we would like there to be more top class road events. We are doing the necessary work behind the scenes to create the conditions where that can happen and we’re willing to talk to any organiser, volunteer or commercial promoter who wants to have a dialogue about that.

“For now there are a number of events on the calendar that have the potential to form part of a national road series in the next couple of years. We’ll be working informally with the top teams to ensure that those races are supported and their organisers have clarity over what they need to do to become part of a top-flight domestic calendar of racing in the future.

“I think what fans should expect to see in the next few seasons is an evolution of the calendar where we have a more diverse programme with a mixture of events that provide regular opportunities for top teams to compete on home soil and isn’t arbitrarily judged on the number of races within a given series each year.”

See this Thursday’s Cycling Weekly (November 29) for an in-depth look at the future of the Premier Calendar Series.

2013 Premier Calendar schedule
Tour of the Reservoir (April 27-28)
Lincoln Grand Prix (May 12)
Beaumont Trophy (June 30)
Stockton Festival of Cycling (July 7)
GP of Wales (July 14)
Ryedale Grand Prix (July 28)

2013 Elite Circuit Series schedule
Otley GP (July 3)
Stockton Festival of Cycling (July 5)
The Wales Open Criterium (July 12)
Colne GP (July 17)
Beverley Town Centre Races (July 19)
Sheffield GP (July 24)

Related links
Premier Calendar 2012: Coverage index

  • John Heaton-Armstrong

    “I think what fans should expect to see in the next few seasons is an evolution of the calendar where we have a more diverse programme with a mixture of events that provide regular opportunities for top teams to compete on home soil and isn’t arbitrarily judged on the number of races within a given series each year.”

    The number of high quality races is hardly arbitrary evaluation. The bottom line is that the racing scene in the UK is a shadow of its former self, with two UCI races each year, and six premiers. Making meaningless promises about the future is symptomatic of the politicised, detached body BC has become, continually failing the members whose fees and taxes fund it. Many voices have pointed to the decline of road racing over the last 5-7 years, and despite campaigns and protestations about the work they’ve been doing, the reality is that British Cycling have delivered nothing of benefit to racing in the UK.

    No confidence.

  • Philip Simmonds

    Maybe they should anticipate the loss & retirment of hard working race organisers by some form of franchise to full time race organisers such as Sweet Spot ou run the TOB & Tour series, Even the Lincoln Grand Prix could be lost in due time if the courant long time organiser calls it a day!
    To my mind we need a full over haul & a mixe of professional organised events alongside club level events which in due time could also be taken on board by a full time promoter !

  • Dave Smith

    Even with more Premiers, the current standard if insufficient to allow the best riders to move up to Pro conti/World Tour so there is no progression. We need a series that allows less proficient riders to develop and another ( different) series of races to allow better riders to progress to the next level.
    We could downgrade the Premiers a touch and remove some of the organisational constraints and add 6-8 of the better Nat A/B races to provide a fortnightly series across the season.
    The ” younger or weaker” U23s would handle this fine. In any case, decent u23 can comfortably handle Premiers at their current level. Thwaites cleaned up the Tour Series/Elite Circuit Champs and was top of the Tour Series ranking at 22. Rowsell, Mc Evoy and several of the Rapha boys are also 22 and were at the front of Prems/ Tour Series so you do not want the top u23 guys dropping down to do a specific U23 series. I doubt they would do it anyway, as they gain nothing from it, which in turn would reduce its credibility. The U23 could be catered for in a revised, slightly lower level Premier series.
    The stronger pros including U23s need to move higher than the current Prems to enable the step into the Pro conti/World Tour to be feasible, so we then need a series of UCI races that attracts the top British pro teams plus some overseas Conti /Pro conti teams. Even if BC cannot fund this they could make an effort to facilitate it by using their influence to find the sponsors/organisers.

  • Colin Coe

    Not yet a Premier (we have to serve our apprenticeship) but keep an eye on the “Circuit of the Fens”. Sunday, 16th June at Whittlesey, Fenland, Cambridgeshire, Town Centre start and finish. National ‘A’ , 200+km, rolling closed roads and police support. No KoM awards though.

    We are also running a Regional ‘A’ support race over 120/130km.

    A U23 stage race is another possibility, although not until 2014

    Eastern Region also has another National A this year, the Jef Schils Memorial on 1st September.

    Colin Coe,
    Anglia Cycling Development and St Ives CC

  • Andy Edwards

    Premiers are expensive to run. Not every race organiser can offer a rolling road closure and a 140 rider field. Premiers used to be run on the same road racing rules as everyone else … 80 rider fields and racing up to the white line. Certain races such as Lincoln had a full road closure.

    Perhaps if the Premiers were more flexible – if a race organiser can offer rolling road closure, great; if not run one on normal road race rules anyway.

    Out of those race fields there are only 30-40 riders who are genuinely in contention for a placing anyway.

    AND ANOTHER THING …. some U23 specific events wouldn’t go amiss either.

  • gg/gg

    Look how many are “up north” does that say something about British cycling?

  • Sheldon

    This is very bad news indeed. So we have a 1 – 2 in the Tour de France, a recent world road race champion, a british winner of the tour of britain, lots of domestic teams desperate for top quality home racing but guess what only 6 quality races to ride.
    What the hell is going on with BC? Come on fellas you need to take on some of the responsibility of organising and promoting races. We need top quality races around the country for our domestic based riders at least every two weeks. Thats about 20 top end races every year, which should include 3 to 4 stage races.
    BC should be awash with money – membership, race fees, sportives entry fees and sponsorship. They also employ a lot of staff can some of these not become race orgaisers???? Forget all the work in bring the TofF to Britain – our racers need races.
    What progress has been made over the last 10 years interms of putting on a full race programme for our elite riders?
    I was only looking at some old cyclings from the 70’s and 80’s recently and guess what – yes good quality races nearly every week from March to October. The olympics showed what can be done, and yes it does need professional paid organisers but to me thats the way we should be going.
    The current situation is not acceptable and BC need to do something about it and do it NOW.
    The Lincoln, Ryedale, Beaumont and East Yorks Classic are superb races, I go and watch them most years but more are needed or we won’t have a domestic scene.

  • David hubbard

    I don’t think CYCLING WEEKLY, (Sportive Weekly) can do much they don’t seem to be interested in the domestic scene any more , half a page to cover all that’s gone on in the week of local road races and time trials. I haven’t a clue about the domestic scene anymore, are their still many road races and time trialls every weekend? I don’t know why I still buy it!

  • Ken Evans

    Sponsors of teams need races in the UK for their riders to race in.
    How can cycling attract sponsors (and keep them) if their isn’t a calendar ?

    National series are also needed for younger riders, so they can gain experience, and racing internationally isn’t such a big jump.
    The size of peloton really makes a difference to the race tactics too,
    with only a few strong teams and a few dominant riders, the style of racing is affected.

    BC really need some new staff and new thinking, to improve this critical situation.

  • Jack Kirk

    Compare this with the number of races on in france at the same level (Elite Nationale) :

  • JeffGoldblumIII

    BC continues to take money and pour it into Olympic sport, leaving less and less for the other echelons of cycling.

  • Dave G

    Interesting that both the Doonhame and Dengie Marshes are suffering not through lack of funds or interest, but lack of organiser. Perhaps BC want to review their PC ‘criteria’ and the support offered to help bring new organisers on?

  • james

    Wow! I am literally watching British road racing dying in front of my eyes… If you at cycling weekly ever had a job to do as representatives of cycling in the UK then make this your next campaign.

  • TG

    Any chance that BC could subsidise a few races with all the money they get?