2009 UK road race dates announced

Premier Calendar and Elite Men’s Circuit series

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 MarchBikeline 2 DayHope, Flintshire
29 MarchTour Of The ReservoirCo. Durham
11/13 AprilGirvan Stage RaceGirvan, Scotland
19 AprilArcher Grand PrixHazlemere, Bucks
2/3 MayChas Messenger 2 DayLong Crendon, Bucks
10 MayLincoln Grand PrixLincoln
23/24 MayTour of WessexSomerset
7 JuneRyedale Grand PrixHelmsley, North Yorkshire
14 JuneBeaumont TrophyPonteland, Northumberland
5 JulyTour of Blackpool Grand Prix Road RaceBlackpool
26 JulyEast Yorkshire ClassicBeverley, E.Yorks
9 AugustTour of PendleBarnoldswick, Lancs
23 AugustRichmond Grand PrixRichmond, North Yorkshire

National Elite Circuit Race Series

17 MayHillingdon Grand PrixHillingdon, W. London
17 JuneStone CriteriumsStone, Staffs
24 JuneOtley CriteriumsOtley, W. Yorks
1 July Rochdale Grand PrixRochdale, Lancs
3 JulyTour of Blackpool Grand Prix Circuit RaceBlackpool
7 July Brighouse CriteriumsBrighouse, Yorks
14 JulyColne Grand PrixColne, Lancs
22 JulyBlackburn Grand PrixBlackburn, Lancs
5 SeptemberNewport NocturneNewport, Shropshire
6 SeptemberTravelwise Warwick Town Centre Circuit RacesWarwick
20 SeptemberPreston City Centre Grand PrixPreston, Lancs
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