Welcome to Cycling Weekly’s coverage index for the 2012 Premier Calendar, the season-long road racing series run by British Cycling.
This page serves as a hub for all of our coverage of the 2012 event, from reports and race analysis to the latest news and picture galleries by photographer Andy Jones.
Premier Calendar 2012: Introduction
Although the series dates back to 1959, this year marks the 20th year in which it has been called the Premier Calendar. Initially known as the Star Trophy, it was renamed the Pernod Star Trophy between 1975 and 1983, before reverting to its original title for another decade.
There have been ups and downs since it became the Premier Calendar, which reflects the difficulties of organising events on British roads. Back in 1994 there were 14 Premier Calendar events. Of those, only the Tour DoonHame (formerly the Girvan stage race) and the Lincoln Grand Prix survive. At present, there remains a question mark over the future of the Twinings Pro-Am Tour, which could see the series reduced to just six rounds for 2012.
John Tanner still leads the way with five titles to his name (1994, 1995, 1997, 2001 and 2002) and is likely to race in this year’s series for the Sportscover Altura RT.
Endura Racing’s Russell Downing dominated the series in 2008 and 2009, and could well do so again following his return to the domestic scene. His team-mate Ian Bibby won last year’s Premier Calendar, with another Endura signing for 2012 – Jonny McEvoy – a close second.
Ian Bibby (now Endura Racing) topped the standings as Motorpoint claimed a one-two-three in last year’s Premier Calendar.
Premier Calendar 2012: Schedule
|One||Sunday, April 1||Dengie Marshes Tour||>>>||>>>||>>>||>>>|
|Two||Sunday, April 8 – Monday, April 9||Tour DoonHame||>>>||(S1) >>>
|Three||Sunday, May 6||Tour of the Reservoir||>>>||>>>||–||>>>|
|Four||Sunday, May 13||Lincoln GP||>>>||>>>||>>>||>>>|
|Five||Sunday, July 1||Beaumont Trophy||–||–||–||–|
|Six||Sunday, July 8||Stockton Cycling Festival Road Race||–||–||–||–|
|Seven||Sunday, August 26||Twinings Pro-Am Tour (TBC)||–||–||–||–|
Premier Calendar 2012: Dispatches
April 8 – Team Hope prepare for Tour Series at DoonHame crit
April 10 – Raleigh-GAC take the fight to Endura at DoonHame
Premier Calendar 2012: Super Team Challenge
Premier Calendar 2012: Related links
Premier Calendar 2012: Last year’s reports
Tour DoonHame, April 23-25
Lincoln GP, May 8
Ryedale GP, June 5
WINNER: Jon Tiernan-Locke (Rapha-Condor-Sharp)
Tour of the Reservoir, June 19
East Yorkshire Classic, July 31
Twinings Pro-Am Tour, August 28
Richmond GP, September 4
Premier Calendar 2012: Miscellaneous
Hepworth causes upset at Clayton Velo