British Cycling has confirmed that the Tour of Britain will sit alongside some of professional cycling’s most famous events after being upgraded to 2.HC status by the UCI for 2014 and beyond.
The move is a welcome turnaround from the UCI after it declined to upgrade the race last October, when the 2014 race dates were revealed.
The 2.HC status puts it on par with the likes of the Tour of California, the Tour of Turkey and the Criterium International. Attaining the status was one of the targets agreed with organiser SweetSpot when it won a five year tender to organise the race last year.
British Cycling Cycle Sport and Membership director Jonny Clay said: “We’re delighted that the Tour of Britain has attained a place alongside some of the most historic races on the global cycling calendar.
“This is a well-deserved recognition of the status of the sport in Britain and of the work that British Cycling has done to put Great Britain amongst the top cycling nations in the world.
“Credit must be given to SweetSpot for their stewardship of the race to date and we look forward to working with them over the next five years to continue the growth of the event as both a monument of the sport and as a British sporting success.”
SweetSpot race director Mick Bennett added: “We are delighted by today’s announcement, which comes as a culmination of ten year’s hard work by the SweetSpot team.
“The award of 2.HC status is another step forward for the Tour of Britain, and we look forward to this September’s edition of the race being the best yet.
“The upgrade is also a reward for the many hundreds of thousands of spectators who have lined the route and cheered on the race over the past decade.”
The eight-day stage Tour of Britain, runs September 7th to the 14th.