2013 Premier Calendar down to six events

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.

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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