Britain’s leading domestic teams will once again battle it out during the 2019 road racing season in an attempt to earn a much-coveted invitation to compete in this year’s OVO Energy Tour of Britain.

In 2019 the six registered teams competing for four invites to the OVO Energy Tour of Britain are Canyon DHB p/b Bloor Homes, Madison Genesis, Ribble Pro Cycling, Swift Carbon Pro Cycling; Team WIGGINS Le Col and Vitus Pro Cycling p/b Brother.

What is the process for?

The qualification process has been devised once again by SweetSpot Group, organisers of the Tour of Britain, and British Cycling, with full consultation of competing teams throughout.

First introduced in 2016, the process establishes a fair and transparent selection of eligible British teams into the race, as well as ensuring full support of the HSBC UK | National Road and Circuit Series, OVO Energy Tour Series, HSBC UK | National Road Championships and the country’s UCI-ranked events each year.

What events make up the process?

Fourteen events make up the qualification schedule, starting from the East Cleveland Klondike GP on Sunday 14 April and running through to the Isle of Man Three-Day event (2-4 August), ensuring that successful teams have a minimum of four weeks’ preparation for the Tour of Britain.

The qualification events are as follows:

  • HSBC UK | National Road Series, round one (East Cleveland Klondike GP), 14 April
  • Rutland-Melton CiCLE Classic, UCI 1.2 race, 28 April
  • Tour de Yorkshire, UCI 2.HC race, 2-5 May
  • HSBC UK | National Road Series, round two (Chestnut Homes Lincoln Grand Prix), 12 May
  • OVO Energy Tour Series (overall team standing), 25 May
  • HSBC UK | National Road Series, round three (Lancaster Grand Prix), 9 June
  • HSBC UK | National Road Series, round four (Bristol), 16 June
  • HSBC UK | National Road Series, round five (Tour of the Reservoir), 22-23 June
  • HSBC UK | National Road Championships road race, 30 June
  • HSBC UK | National Road Series, round six (Beaumont Trophy), 7 July
  • HSBC UK | National Road Series, round seven (Stockton Grand Prix), 14 July
  • HSBC UK | National Circuit Series (overall individual standings), 24 July
  • HSBC UK | National Road Series, round eight (South Coast Classic), 28 July
  • HSBC UK | National Road Series (Manx International Stage Race), 2-4 August

How do teams earn points?

The six eligible teams will score points on a 10-8-6-4-2-1 scale based on either their highest individual finisher (best placed general classification rider for the multi-day events), overall individual standing (HSBC UK | National Circuit Series) or overall team standing (OVO Energy Tour Series). Teams will count their scores from all events, allowing for one dropped score of their worst result.

Reaction to today’s news

Mick Bennett, OVO Energy Tour of Britain race director, said: “The team qualification process will once again reward the best teams for their performances over the course of the 2019 domestic racing season with a much-coveted invitation to the OVO Energy Tour of Britain.

“The rules and regulations have been designed to ensure that the British racing calendar is supported to its fullest throughout the year, while also unequivocally acting as the fairest way of recognising our best-performing, UCI Continental-registered teams.”

Jonathan Rigby, Commercial Director at British Cycling, added: “We’re delighted with the events we’ve lined up for this year’s HSBC UK | National Road Series and HSBC UK | National Circuit Series, which are both set to be fantastic showcases for the sport, taking place in great venues across the country.

“In finalising this qualification criteria for the OVO Energy Tour of Britain, and presenting teams, riders and spectators with the pathway to this country’s biggest annual event, we are setting up what should be a terrific season of racing.”

Full rules and regulations for the team qualification process, as well as updated standings after each event, can be found here.