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Dubai Tour

Wednesday February 3rd to Saturday February 6th

Dubai trophyThe Dubai Tour is now in its third year, as the Emirate continues to splash the cash on the race despite the tightening of budgets as a result of the collapse in the price of oil. Cycling in the Middle East continues to grow despite the lack of fans, with the cash and the warm weather proving too much of a lure for many teams and riders.


Grand Prix Cycliste La Marseillaise


Sunday 31st January 2016, 152.2kms

GP La Marseillais podium 2015The Grand Prix Cycliste La Marseillaise opens the season on the European scene, with riders wrapped up heavily against the cold February conditions. Last year's race saw a surprise winner in Pim Ligthart, as he just held on at the front of a mass sprint, ahead of 2014 winner Kenneth Vanbilsen.  


Challenge Mallorca 2016

Mallorca, Spain

28-31st January 2016

Majorca challenge logoThe Tour Down Under and Tour de San Luis have come and gone and have really just confirmed what we expected. The Australians dominated in the TDU, winning every one of the six stages and the overall with Simon Gerrans. Likewise in San Luis, a South American named Quintana won it, but not the one we expected!


Tour de San Luis 2016

San Luis, Argentina

18th January 2016,  920.7kms

TDSL logo 2016The Tour de San Luis kicks off stage racing for 2016, starting just before the Tour Down Under gets the World Tour up and running in Australia. The TDU may get more attention and coverage (and World Tour points), but the tenth running of the Tour de San Luis has attracted its best field ever and could possibly be a better, more interesting race than the TDU this year.  


Santos Tour Down Under 2016

Adelaide, South Australia

19th January 2016, 781.3kms

2016 TDU logoIt's back! Proper road cycling is back! After months of road racing famine, we're ready to roll again with the first stage races of the year, the Tour de San Luis and the Tour Down Under. The Tour de San Luis kicks things off on Monday with the TDU starting in the small hours of Monday morning.


2016 Race Calendar

Here's a calendar of the key professional men and women's road races for 2016. Races highlighted in bold are the races I intend to write previews for in 2016! This may of course change during the season, depending on time constraints, but I plan to continue writing as many previews as possible during 2016! 


2016 Tour de France Route 

tdf logoThe route for the 2016 Tour de France was announced on the 20th October at the Palais des Congrès. It's a varied route with lots of climbing, two TTs, including a 17km uphill TT to Megève on Stage 18 and a stage to Mont Ventoux on Bastille day. It starts in Mont-Saint-Michel and spends two stages in Mache before heading south to Angers.


Il Lombardia 2015

Sunday October 4th, 245kms

lombardia logoThe Race of the Falling Leaves once again travels between Bergamo and Como, but this year does it in the opposite direction to the 2015 route. In 2014 they travelled from Como to Bergamo and as a result had to crest the Madonna del Ghisallo after only 50kms of the race. This year it goes in reverse and the Ghisallo comes at a more crucial point of the race with just 65kms to go.


2015 World's Road Race

Sunday 27th September, 259.2kms

Richmond logoThe climax of the 2015 World Championships is on Sunday afternoon, starting at 2pm UK time - I'm liking these World Championships from the States, as the times are perfect for evening viewing! The Men's Elite Road Race is always a fascinating affair with many riders in contention for the win, and this year is no exception. Strap yourself in, grab a cup pf tea, there's plenty to discuss.. 


2015 World ITT Championships

Mon 21st and Wed 23rd Sept

wiggo world championSo after an enthralling Team Time Trial on Sunday afternoon, we move on to the Individual Time trials this week. First up are the Women's Junior Time Trial and the Mens U23 Time Trial on Monday, followed by the Men's Junior Time Trial and Women's Elite Time Trial on Tuesday and the Elite Men's Time Trial on Wednesday.


2015 World TTT Championship

Sunday 20th September, 38.8kms

BMC-TTT-TrentinoThe 2015 World Championships kick off in Richmond, Virginia in the US this Sunday, and over eight days will bring us a feast of cycling, culminating in the Elite Men’s Road Race next Sunday afternoon. It’s only the second time that the US has hosted the World Championships, the last time was in Colorado Springs in 1986, when Moreno Argentin took home the gold medal.


Australian Nationals Road Race 


Sunday 9th January, Buninyong, 183.6kms

aus nation logoThe Australian national road race championships take place tonight with the Women and U23s kicking things off and the Elite men's race starting at 12pm local time, taking on the usual course around Buninyong in Ballarat.


Clasica San Sebastian  2015

San Sebastian, Spain
Sat 1st August, 219.2kms

valverde SSDonostia-Donostia Klasikoa as it's known to the locals takes place on Saturday the 1st August, less than one week since the end of the Tour de France. It is the 35th running of the race, so it's not exactly the oldest classic in the world, but has built a reputation as a tough and challenging race, favoured by climbers and puncheurs.


Tour of Qatar

Monday 8th to Friday February 12th

2015-qatar-logoThe Tour of Qatar has been a race for the sprinters in the past, with Tom Boonen winning it a record four times, and Mark Cavendish, Robbie Hunter and Mark Renshaw also on the honours list. Niki Terpstra won it in 2014 though on the back of a break on the very first stage, holding his lead all the way to the end from his team-mate Boonen and Jurgen Roelandts.  


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