British Cycling announces 2014 elite races & new team structure

Premier Calendar out, British Cycling Elite Road Series in

by John Stevenson   November 28, 2013  

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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.

Events

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

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If I'm not mistaken, both yourselves and BC have forgotten to mention in your articles, the cost that teams will have to pay if they wish to achieve this "Elite" status.

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posted by halesdc77 [5 posts]
28th November 2013 - 12:57

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halesdc77 wrote:
If I'm not mistaken, both yourselves and BC have forgotten to mention in your articles, the cost that teams will have to pay if they wish to achieve this "Elite" status.

Exactly, which is gobsmackingly ridiculous! It's going to ruin the smaller teams & womens only teams who can't perhaps gain as much sponsorship - who should be rewarded for what they can achieve rather than punished for not having the right funding. Money like that should be used on helping the team flourish, not go into the back pockets of some officials.

They're cashing in, rather than encouraging talent. They're doing a bloody McQuaid.

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posted by mooleur [359 posts]
28th November 2013 - 13:13

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Yes, £1500 per team. Plus individual license fees, plus entry fees... and all the teams get back is a bit of space on a crap designed website that no-one can manage to navigate because its too disjointed.

Good old BC
Stick to Time Trials and you wont have to pay for a licence from them.

posted by duc888 [27 posts]
28th November 2013 - 13:56

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