Premier Calendar out, British Cycling Elite Road Series in

British Cycling has announced the dates of its national road series events for 2014, part of a new racing structure that sees the old Premier Calendar replaced with a new British Cycling Elite Road Series. The organisation has also announced a new team structure that introduces a elite national team level beneath the UCI Continental level.

The new season long ranking for teams and individuals is made up of two blocks of racing to be known as the Spring Cup and the Grand Prix Series. A total of nine races make up the two series for 2014

For 2014 the Elite Circuit Series will remain unchanged in format, a total of six events will form the series next season. The series will take place during July and will culminate with the series finale in Wales on July 30.

The new category of British Cycling Elite National Team is for teams that meet a set of professional standards with a set number of benefits and guarantees inclusion into the Elite Road Series events. Along with UCI teams, the new Elite National Teams will be included in both individual and team overall rankings across the British Cycling Elite Road Series.

The existing club team structure will still exist in its current format and National Series events will continue to be open to club teams and individual riders, although inclusion within the overall rankings for those series respectively will only be open to teams who have affiliated to the series for the full season.

For full details asee the British Cycling website.


British Cycling Elite Circuit Series

Wednesday, July 2: Otley GP
Friday, July 11: Stockton Festival of Cycling
Wednesday, July 16: Colne Grand Prix
Friday, July 18: Beverley GP
Wednesday, July 23: Sheffield GP
Wednesday, July 30: The Wales Open Criterium

British Cycling Elite Road Series - Spring Cup

Saturday & Sunday, April 12 - 13: Tour of the Reservoir 2 Day
Sunday, May 4: Cycle Wiltshire GP
Sunday, May 11: Lincoln GP

British Cycling Elite Road Series - Grand Prix Series

Sunday, July 13: Stockton Festival of Cycling
Sunday, July 20: Ryedale GP
Sunday, July 27: Circuit of the Fens
Saturday, August 2: Stafford Kermesse
Sunday, August 17: Leicester Kermesse
Sunday, August 31: UCS Ipswich and Coastal GP

British Cycling Women's Road Series

Sunday, April 27: Cheshire Classic
Sunday, May 18: Womens Cicle Classic
Sunday, June 1: Hillingdon Womens GP
Saturday & Sunday, June 14 - 15:CDNW Surf and Turf 2 Day
Sunday, June 22: Curlew Cup
Wednesday, July 2: Otley GP
Saturday & Sunday, July 12-13 July: Essex Giro 2 Day
Wednesday, July 23: Sheffield GP - Womens Race
Sunday, July 20: Ryedale GP Womens race
Friday & Saturday, August1-2: Stafford GP and Kermesse

Our official grumpy Northerner, John has been riding bikes for over 30 years since discovering as an uncoordinated teen that a sport could be fun if it didn't require you to catch a ball or get in the way of a hulking prop forward.

Road touring was followed by mountain biking and a career racing in the mud that was as brief as it was unsuccessful.

Somewhere along the line came the discovery that he could string a few words together, followed by the even more remarkable discovery that people were mug enough to pay for this rather than expecting him to do an honest day's work. He's pretty certain he's worked for even more bike publications than Mat Brett.

The inevitable 30-something MAMIL transition saw him shift to skinny tyres and these days he lives in Cambridge where the lack of hills is more than made up for by the headwinds.