19 September 2011

2012 Race Dates and Routes

Grand Tours, Spring Classics, One-Day Classics and stage race dates in 2012
The UCI World Tour calendar has not been published for 2012, but some dates and routes are being announced for the Grand Tours, Classics, stage races and one-day classics in 2012. The A.S.O race websites have not been updated from 2011 to 2012, however some of the official routes have been announced through press releases while others are in rumor phase. The news is enough to allow us to start dreaming, planning and filling in our calendars for 2012. 

This is the time of year to begin thinking about travel plans, submitting your vacation schedule at work, squeezing in your training rides around these key race dates, and making sure you do not double book yourself for a ski day when you need to be affixed to your TV or computer watching the races live online. More specifically you'll need to know - just how early do I have to get up to watch the Paris-Roubaix live?  

For now, save the dates!

2012 UCI WorldTour Calendar of races
Date Events Country
17 Jan-22 Jan 2012 Tour Down Under Australia
04 Mar-11 Mar 2012 Paris - Nice France
07 Mar-13 Mar 2012 Tirreno-Adriatico Italy
17 Mar 2012 Milano-Sanremo Italy
19 Mar-25 Mar 2012 Volta Ciclista a Catalunya Spain
23 Mar 2012 E3 Prijs Vlaanderen - Harelbeke Belgium
25 Mar 2012 Gent - Wevelgem Belgium
01 Apr 2012 Ronde van Vlaanderen / Tour des Flandres Belgium
02 Apr-07 Apr 2012 Vuelta Ciclista al Pais Vasco Spain
08 Apr 2012 Paris - Roubaix France
15 Apr 2012 Amstel Gold Race Netherlands
18 Apr 2012 La Flèche Wallonne Belgium
22 Apr 2012 Liège - Bastogne - Liège Belgium
24 Apr-29 Apr 2012 Tour de Romandie Switzerland
05 May-27 May 2012 Giro d'Italia Italy
03 Jun-10 Jun 2012 Critérium du Dauphiné France
09 Jun-17 Jun 2012 Tour de Suisse Switzerland
30 Jun-22 Jul 2012 Tour de France France
10 Jul-16 Jul 2012 Tour de Pologne Poland
06 Aug-12 Aug 2012 Eneco Tour

14 Aug 2012 Clasica Ciclista San Sebastian Spain
18 Aug-09 Sep 2012 Vuelta a España Spain
19 Aug 2012 Vattenfall Cyclassics Germany
26 Aug 2012 GP Ouest France - Plouay France
07 Sep 2012 Grand Prix Cycliste de Québec Canada
09 Sep 2012 Grand Prix Cycliste de Montréal Canada
29 Sep 2012 Il Lombardia Italy
10 Oct-14 Oct 2012 Tour of Beijing China

2012 Classics and Semi-Classics race dates
2012 Cycling Classics dates:
Milan-San Remo - 17 March 2012
Gent-Wevelgem - 25 March 2012
Tour of Flanders - 1 April 2012
Paris-Roubaix - 8 April 2012
Amstel Gold - 15 April 2012
Fleche Wallonne - 18 April 2012
Liege-Bastogne-Liege - 22 April 2012
San Sabastian - 14 August 2012
UCI Worlds - 15-23 September 2012
Giel di Lombardia - 29 October 2012
2012 Belgian Semi-Classics dates:
Omloop Het Nieuwsblad - 25 Febraury 2012
Kuurne-Bruxelles-Kuurne - 26 February 2012
E3 Prijs Vlaanderen - Harelbeke - 23 March 2012
Gent - Wevelgem - 25 March 2012
Scheldeprijsf - 4 April 2012
De Brabantse Pijl - 11 April 2012
La Flèche Wallonne - 18 April 2012
Parijs – Brusssel - 8 September 2012

Dates for 2012 Grand Tours
Tour de France 
Dates: June 30 - July 22, 2012
Official Website: Tour de France official website
TDF 2012 Route: http://www.letour.fr/2012/TDF/COURSE/us/le_parcours.html
Route:  Official official route of the Tour de France presentation 18 Oct 2011
2012 Tour de France route revealed by mistake on 10/10/11
2012 Route Rumors by Velo Peloton. The official route of the 2012 Tour de France was announced in Paris on October 18, 2011.
2012 LeTour route presentation: TdF 2012 Route Presentation streaming live

Tour de France citizens race: l'Étape du Tour Mondovelo 
Website: 2012 Le Etape du Tour official website
ACTE I - 8 July 2012: 140 kilometres from Albertville to La Toussuire/ Les Sybelles
ACTE II - 14 July 2011: 197 kilometres from Pau to Bagnères-de-Luchon
Etape du Tour details released; uses La Toussuire/Les Sybelles and Bagnères-de-Luchon stages of 2012 Tour

Giro d' Italia 
Dates: May 5-27, 2012
Website: 2012 Giro d'Italia official website
Route: presentation October 16, 2011 in Milan, Italy. 2012 Giro d'Italia Route Presentation - route and maps
Route of the 2012 Giro d'Italia also leaked on 10/10/11
Giro d'Italia 2012 start in Denmark confirmed, by CyclingNews.com

Vuelta a Espana
Dates: August 18 - September 9, 2012
Websitea href="http://www.lavuelta.com/indexen.html">2012 Vuelta a Espana official website
Route: 2012 Vuelta a España route leaked

Dates for 2012 One-Day Classics
Update on the Classics

2012 Classics and Semi-Classics race dates: 2012 Spring Classics Schedule
View the Cyclosport Calendar for date of the citizen rides

Milan San Remo 
Dates: March 17, 2012
Route: 2011 route (tradition!)
Website: Milano San Remo official website, or the UK info page at http://www.milansanremo.co.uk/ 
Milan-San Remo route or percorso: http://www.gazzetta.it/Speciali/MilanoSanremo/2011/i/percorso.shtml 
Organizer: La Gazzetta dello Sport
Preview of the race: Milan-Sanremo - preparations meet tactics meet luck By Pedaling the Road, and Analysis: The real favorites for Milan-San Remo and what March says about July By VeloNews.com
Race History: How To Win Milano-Sanremo, By Fausto Coppi By Pez Cycling 
Milan-San Remo Route: Milano - Sanremo Total: 298 Km 2012 Route Map 
Milan-San Remo Profile: Profile and Time Schedule (tabs) 
List of riders for Milan-San Remo: 2012 Startlist of riders 
List of teams for Milan-San Remo: Update on the Classics

Dates: March 25, 2012
Route: 2012 Route 
Website: Gent-Wevelgem official website 
Organizers: Flanders Classics
Gent-Wevelgem Route: 2012 Route (click and then zoom in map for greater details)
List of riders for Gent-Wevelgem: roster Definitieve deelnemerslijst 2012.pdf
List of teams for Gent-Wevelgem: Update on the Classics
Tour of Flanders (Ronde van Vlaanderen)
Dates: April 1, 2012
2012 Ronde van Vlaanderen route (parcours): 2012 Route
Route: New route for the Tour of Flanders unveiled
Website: De Ronde van Vlaanderen official website
Citizens race: Cyclotourists Tour of Flanders or read You too can race the cobbles
Organizers: Flanders Classics 
2012 Ronde van Vlaanderen route: 2012 Route (zoom in map for greater details) 
2012 Tour of Flanders Elite Mens time table: RVV 2012 Elite Men Timetable 
2012 Tour of Flanders map of the order of the climbs: RVV 2012 Pressmap
List of riders for Tour of Flanders: roster at 2012RVVHerenDeelnemers.pdf
List of teams for Tour of Flanders: Update on the Classics
Dates: Sunday, April 8, 2012
Route: not yet announced: 2011 route
Website: not yet updated Paris-Roubaix official website, or view The friends of Paris Roubaix
Citizens race: Paris-Roubaix Challenge, ASO version, now 1 week before the real deal, citizens race on April 1, 2012 http://www.parisroubaixchallenge.com/us/presentation.html or citizens race choice #2 - the harder version, Velo Club Paris-Roubaix which supports the maintenance of the parcours, June 10, 2012. 
Organizers: A.S.O.  
2012 Paris-Roubaix route (parcours): letour.com Paris-Roubaix parcours
Citizens race: Cyclotourists Paris-Roubaix Challenge
List of riders for Paris-Roubaix: http://www.steephill.tv/classics/paris-roubaix/

List of teams for Paris-Roubaix: 25 teams for 2012 Paris-Roubaix
News: Paris-Roubaix: Arenberg Trench Gets Approval 
Amstel Gold Race
Dates: April 15, 2012
Website: Amstel Gold official website
La Flèche-Wallonne
Dates: April 18, 2012
Website: La Fleche-Wallone official website
Dates: April 22, 2012
Route: 2011 parcours 
Website: Liege-Bastogne-Liege official website
Results of the 2011 Spring Classics: 
27 Mar 2011 Gent - Wevelgem Belgium Results
03 Apr 2011 Ronde van Vlaanderen / Tour des Flandres Belgium Results
10 Apr 2011 Paris - Roubaix France Results
17 Apr 2011 Amstel Gold Race Netherlands Results
20 Apr 2011 La Flèche Wallonne Belgium Results
24 Apr 2011 Liège - Bastogne - Liège Belgium Results
Dates for 2012 ProTour races
Tour Down Under 
Dates: January 15-22, 2012
Route: Official route of the 2012 Santos Tour Down Under 
Website: Tour Down Under official website
Tour of the Basque Country
Dates: April 2-7, 2012
Route: 2012 Euskal Herriko Txirrindulari Itzulia - Vuelta al País Vasco
Tour de Suisse 
Dates: June 9-17, 2012
Route: Tour de Suisse organizers reveal 2012 route by VeloNews
Website: Tour de Suisse official website
Tour of California 
Dates: May 13-20, 2012
Route: 2012 Tour of California route announced (11/03/11)
2012 Amgen Tour of California to start in Santa Rosa  Leaked Promo video. The race will start in Santa Rosa, CA.
Website:  Amgen Tour of California official website
2012 L'Etape du California citizens race: April 12, 2012 Route: L'Etape du California is back for 2012
USA Pro Cycling Challenge 
Dates: August 20-26, 2012 
Route: 2012 USA Pro Cycling Challenge route announced (December 8, 2011) 
Website: USA Pro Cycling Challenge official website

Tour of Qatar 
Dates: February 5-10, 2012
Tour of Qatar Route: 2012 Parcours
Website: Tour of Qatar official website
Dates: March 4-11. 2012 
Website: Paris-Nice website
2012 Route of Paris-Nice: Route of the 2012 Paris-Nice announced

Criterium Dauphine 
Dates: June 1-11, 2012
Website: not yet updated Criterium Dauphine official website

More Stage Races

Tour of Serbia
Dates: June 12017, 2012
Website: Tour of Serbia official website
2012 Route: (see website) 6-stages from Niš to Belgrade
News on the Tour: http://www.bss.rs/ and http://www.bicisvet.com/2011/10/trka-kroz-srbiju-2012/

World Championships Road and Time Trial

UCI World Championships
Dates: September 15-23, 2012
Men and Women Elite and U23, plus Junior Road and Time Trial Championships in Limburg, The Netherlands. 2012 dates and event information UCI Road World Championships 

For other pro race and cycling event dates - please see the right column of this blog. 


For a list of race dates and event dates for century rides and week long bicycle tours in Colorado, please see: 2012 Colorado Bike Events