UCI WorldTour events are top-level races for professional cyclists.
The events form a series, with riders competing for the overall title as well as individual wins. The UCI Women’s WorldTour was launched in 2016, replacing the original World Cup and therefore adding stage races to the calendar.
The men’s WorldTour is comprised of 37 events, spread over 18 countries. The Women’s WorldTour enjoys 23 events, in 10 countries.
The Tour Down Under in Australia (January 15-20) is the traditional WorldTour season opener followed by the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race (Australia) on January 27.
This year, the Dubai Tour and Abu Dhabi Tour have combined to form the UAE Emirates Tour, a six day race from February 25 to March 2.
Next up is Omloop Het Niewusblad in Belgium (March) and Strade Bianche in Italy (March 9). Then Paris-Nice takes place from March 10-17, with Tirreno-Adriatico from March 13-19.
Milan-San Remo (March 23) kicks off the Classics season proper in Europe, which runs well into April and includes highlights such as the Tour of Flanders (March 31), Paris-Roubaix (April 14) and Liège-Bastogne-Liège (April 28).
The opening Grand Tour of the season is the Giro d’Italia over May 11 to June 2, and the Tour of California in the same month (May 12-18) – the USA’s only WorldTour event.
The final Grand Tour of the year, the Vuelta a España brings the three-week stage races to a close over August 24 to September 15 with the WorldTour season ending in Turkey for the Presidential Cycling Tour of Turkey (October 22 t0 27).
The UCI Women’s WorldTour was introduced in 2016, and replaced the World Cup. It meant more race days, and more stage events.
The events kick off on the white roads of Tuscany, with Strade Bianche on March 9, followed by Ronde Van Drenthe (March 17), Trofeo Alfredo Binda (March 24) and Driedaagse De Panne-Koksijde (March 28).
Then we move into the true Classics season – where many of the famous men’s races now hold a women’s version on the same day or weekend.
Here we’ll enjoy the likes of Belgium’s Ghent-Wevelgem (March 31), and the Tour of Flanders (April 7).
The Ardennes Classics of Amstel Gold Race (April 21) , Flèche Wallonne (April 24) and Liège-Bastogne-LiègeBelgium (April 28) all make it into the Women’s WorldTour calendar.
Next up is one of two forays into China, with the May 9 to 11 Tour of Chongming Island before the USA’s only event – the Tour of California (May 16 to 18).
The UCI Women’s WorldTour comes to Great Britain in June (10 to 15) for the Women’s Tour, before the longest stage race the calendar has to offer: the Giro Rosa (July 5 to 14) in Italy.
Though its short history has been marred by some controversy over the layout of the event, La Course by Le Tour de France (July 23) still makes the cut, before it’s back to the UK the RideLondon Classique on August 3.
Another Grand Tour to host a women’s race within its package is La Vuelta, with the Madrid Challenge in Spain on September 14 and 15.
The series is wrapped up in China, on October 20, with the Tour of Guangxi.