Next year's Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic (August 10) should attract an even better field than this year's inaugural edition after the UCI upgraded its ranking to hors catégorie.
The one-day race, which starts in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and finishes on The Mall, now sits in the second-highest classification of professional races and will therefore carry more UCI points and offer a bigger prize fund.
Race organiser SweetSpot had also applied for the Tour of Britain to be upgraded to a similar ranking for 2014, however the 11th edition of the modern national tour will once again be run with a 2.1 classification.
However, there was good news for their Women's Tour, which will take place in the East Midlands from May 7-11.
Next year's race has been awarded 2.1 status, which is the best ranking available for a women's stage race.
Elsewhere, the Rutland-Melton CiCLE Classic (April 27) continues as a 1.2-ranked event for the eighth-year running, while former Premier Calendar round the Beaumont Trophy (June 22) has also received a similar ranking for its first year as a UCI-classified race.
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Nick Bull is an NCTJ qualified journalist who has written for a range of titles, as well as being a freelance writer at Beat Media Group, which provides reports for the PA Media wire which is circulated to the likes of the BBC and Eurosport. His work at Cycling Weekly predominantly dealt with professional cycling, and he now holds a role as PR & Digital Manager at SweetSpot Group, which organises the Tour of Britain.
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