Sky TV to air British road races

British Cycling and satellite broadcaster Sky have announced that the Premier Calendar, Elite Circuit Series and National Circuit Race Championships will all be aired on Sky Sports in a regular Tuesday evening slot from this month.

“It’s great to be working with Sky Sports on the broadcast of our national series racing for the first time,” said British Cycling’s cycle sport and membership director Jonny Clay.

“For fans of the sport, knowing that they’ll be able to see cycling throughout the summer on a Tuesday night is a real positive. We’ll be working to build the audience over the course of this year and show that British bike racing can stand on its own two feet as sporting entertainment.”

The full list of events to be shown is:

Premier Calendar
Round 1, Saturday 23 April – Tour Doon Hame
Round 2, Sunday 8 May – Lincoln Grand Prix
Round 3, 5 June – Ryedale Grand Prix, North Yorkshire
Round 4, 19 June – Tour of the Reservoir, Northumberland
Round 5, 31 July – East Yorkshire Classic, Beverly
Round 6, 28 August – Twinnings Pro-Am Tour, Salisbury
Round 7, 4 September – Richmond Grand Prix

Elite Circuit Series
Round 1, 22 June – Otley Grand Prix
Round 2, 29 June – Stafford Grand Prix
Round 3, 8 July – Abergavenny Grand Prix
Round 4, 13 July – Colne Grand Prix
Round 5, 20 July – Blackburn Grand Prix
Fri 29 July – National Circuit Race Championships, Beverly
Round 6, 7 August – Preston Grand Prix

This weekend’s Lincoln Grand Prix will be shown on Sky Sports 2 on Tuesday May 17 at 9.30pm.

Sky’s commitment to showing domestic road racing is a continuation of its support of cycling in Britain, having already been heavily involved in a British track team, Worldtour squad and created the Sky Ride mass participation events.

Sky’s coverage of the UK scene joins ITV4’s coverage of the 2011 Halfords Tour Series, which starts later this month, producing a bumper crop of viewing for armchair race fans.