2009 UK road race dates announced

Premier Calendar and Elite Men’s Circuit series

Russell Downing takes victory at the 2008 East Yorkshire Classic Premier Calendar Race

The dates for the UK Premier Calendar Road Race Series and the Elite Men’s Circuit Race Series have been announced for 2009.


The Premier Calendar Road Race Series is made up of 13 events, beginning with the Bikeline 2 Day race in Flintshire, Wales on 14-15 March. Expect to see Great Britain’s top riders, including Russ and Dean Downing – 2008 top two finishers – along with the likes of Olympians Chris Newton and Rob Hayles.

The Elite Men’s Circuit Race Series is made of 11 courses and the high-speed nature of these races is set to attract many spectators to the city and town-centre based circuits. The series begins at the purpose built Hillingdon Cycle Circuit in West London in May.

British Cycling’s cycle sport and membership director Jonny Clay said: “The 2009 Premier Calendar and Elite Circuit Race series’ will provide us with a fantastic year’s road racing. Both the 2009 Premier Calendar and Elite Circuit Race series’ look set to be fantastic events.”

Here is the full racing calendar for both series:

Premier Calendar Road Race series

14/15 March Bikeline 2 Day Hope, Flintshire
29 March Tour Of The Reservoir Co. Durham
11/13 April Girvan Stage Race Girvan, Scotland
19 April Archer Grand Prix Hazlemere, Bucks
2/3 May Chas Messenger 2 Day Long Crendon, Bucks
10 May Lincoln Grand Prix Lincoln
23/24 May Tour of Wessex Somerset
7 June Ryedale Grand Prix Helmsley, North Yorkshire
14 June Beaumont Trophy Ponteland, Northumberland
5 July Tour of Blackpool Grand Prix Road Race Blackpool
26 July East Yorkshire Classic Beverley, E.Yorks
9 August Tour of Pendle Barnoldswick, Lancs
23 August Richmond Grand Prix Richmond, North Yorkshire

National Elite Circuit Race Series

17 May Hillingdon Grand Prix Hillingdon, W. London
17 June Stone Criteriums Stone, Staffs
24 June Otley Criteriums Otley, W. Yorks
1 July Rochdale Grand Prix Rochdale, Lancs
3 July Tour of Blackpool Grand Prix Circuit Race Blackpool
7 July Brighouse Criteriums Brighouse, Yorks
14 July Colne Grand Prix Colne, Lancs
22 July Blackburn Grand Prix Blackburn, Lancs
5 September Newport Nocturne Newport, Shropshire
6 September Travelwise Warwick Town Centre Circuit Races Warwick
20 September Preston City Centre Grand Prix Preston, Lancs