British Cycling announces 2021 racing plan

HSBC UK | National Road Series (Men)

Round 1: Klondike Grand Prix, Guisborough (18 April)
Round 2: Rapha Lincoln Grand Prix, Lincoln (9 May)
Round 3: Tour of the Reservoir, Edmundbyers (5 – 6 June)
Round 4: Beaumont Trophy, Stamfordham (4 July)
Round 5: Stockton Cycling Festival Grand Prix, Stockton (18 July)
Round 6: Lancaster Grand Prix, Lancaster (15 August)
Round 7: The Ryedale Grasscrete Grand Prix, Ampleforth (22 August)
Round 8: South of England (TBC)

HSBC UK | National Road Series (Women)

Round 1: Klondike Grand Prix, Guisborough (18 April)
Round 2: Rapha Lincoln Grand Prix, Lincoln (9 May)
Round 3: The Alexandra Tour of the Reservoir, Edmundbyers (5 – 6 June)
Round 4: 5th Women’s CiCLE Classic, Rutland (27 June)
Round 5: Curlew Cup, Stamfordham (4 July)
Round 6: Stockton Cycling Festival Grand Prix, Stockton (18 July)
Round 7: The Ryedale Women’s Grasscrete Grand Prix, Ampleforth (22 August)
Round 8: South of England (TBC)

HSBC UK | National Circuit Series (Men)

Round 1: Property Development Men’s Otley Grand Prix, Otley (30 June)
Round 2: Barnsley Town Centre, Barnsley (9 July)
Round 3: Sheffield Grand Prix, Sheffield (14 July)
Round 4: Fort Vale Colne Grand Prix, Colne (20 July)
Round 5: Midlands, TBC (30 July)

HSBC UK | National Circuit Series (Women)

Round 1: Pincent Masons Women’s Otley Grand Prix, Otley (30 June)
Round 2: Barnsley Town Centre, Barnsley (9 July)
Round 3: Midlands, TBC (30 July)

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Virtual club 10 mile tt

Jeez that hurt.

I am not that into tss and other measures nowadays but tonight’s riding was up there.

If only the vines were fuller I’d be out of the sun.

For authenticity I created a virtual ride from home to the start om Tacx as well as our regular club 10 course.

So despite the heat and limited shade on the patio I was off to Helpston Heath before taking the start, the virtual start.

Ufford Hill is the bane of my life !

I started off ok but after the climb in the middle i dont mind admitting I was hanging on for dear life.

Happy with the time

The numbers were good but this isnt the real thing however its better than sitting on the sofa watching tv.

So far I haven’t been out on my bike too much during the UK lockdown and I might post my thoughts on that tomorrow.

Tired and hot… the ten is over

In the meantime I am off to get pizza and relax!

Did TV spoil Paris – Roubaix?

Its rhetorical as a question of course. But with the Eurosport “family” taking the whole of PR from gun to flag this year again, was the pattern of the race altered?

Last year was the first time that the whole event was beamed on a single platform across Europe and the first hour was even more chaotic than usual with riders trying to get into that break for more tv coverage. 

This year the peloton didn’t get the chance to let a break go and have a rest before the cobbles as every single attack was neutralised. 

As a result the whole race was completely different and I have to say it didn’t feel that great to me. 

With Eurosport announcing that they will be doing Tour de France stages in their entirety this summer, we shall see if this pattern of trying to hog the screens for longer or preventing other sponsors getting exposure catches on…

Time will tell.