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Sky Sports announce domestic road racing coverage

Coverage kicks off with the Lincoln Grand Prix

Sky Sports has announced it will broadcast coverage of the National Series in a regular Tuesday slot throughout the summer.

The programme will show highlights of the Premier Calendar, Elite Circuit Series and National Circuit Race Series, kicking off with the Lincoln Grand Prix next Tuesday May 17 on Sky Sports 2 at 9.30pm.

“It’s great to be working with Sky Sports on the broadcast of our national series racing for the first time,” said British Cycling’s cycle sport and membership director Jonny Clay.

“For fans of the sport, knowing that they’ll be able to see cycling throughout the summer on a Tuesday night is a real positive.

“We’ll be working to build the audience over the course of this year and show that British bike racing can stand on its own two feet as sporting entertainment.”

The seven-round Premier Calendar saw Olympic team pursuit silver medallist Chris Newton (Rapha Condor Sharp) crowned champion in 2010, while the Elie Circuit Series will descend on six city centres between June 22 and August 7 for 60 minutes of fast and furious crit racing. 

But while both events reward consistency, the National Circuit Race Championships are decided on the day – Friday July 29 in Beverly, Yorkshire.

Rik Dovey, Sky Sports’ managing director of acquisitions, added: “We’re pleased to be showing regular coverage of the National Series on Sky Sports throughout the season. 

“Our commitment to cover domestic cycling compliments our wider partnership with British Cycling in the UK and our aim to encourage more people to get back on their bikes.”

National Series calendar

Premier Calendar

Round 1 – April 23 – Tour Doon Hame

Round 2 – May 8 – Lincoln Grand Prix 

Round 3 – June 5 – Ryedale Grand Prix, North Yorkshire

Round 4 – June 19 – Tour of the Reservoir, Northumberland

Round 5 – July 31 – East Yorkshire Classic, Beverly

Round 6 – August 28 – Twinnings Pro-Am Tour, Salisbury

Round 7 – September 4 – Richmond Grand Prix

Elite Circuit Series

Round 1 – June 22 – Otley Grand Prix

Round 2 – June 29 – Stafford Grand Prix

Round 3 – July 8 – Abergavenny Grand Prix

Round 4 – July 13 – Colne Grand Prix

Round 5 – July 20 – Blackburn Grand Prix

Round 6 – August 7 – Preston Grand Prix

National Circuit Race Championships

July 29 – Beverly, Yorkshire


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