Four-day Tour of Britain Women appears on UCI calendar for 2024

British Cycling working towards hosting race in spot formerly filled by Women’s Tour

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Grace Brown wins stage 4 of the 2022 Women's Tour

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Grace Brown wins stage 4 of the 2022 Women's Tour

A four-day Women’s WorldTour race titled the Tour of Britain Women has been added to the UCI calendar for 2024, as British Cycling look to host an event in the spot previously held by the Women’s Tour.

A few weeks ago, the Women’s Tour and the men’s Tour of Britain were officially removed from the UCI’s schedule after the previous organisers, Sweetspot, went into liquidation amid ongoing financial problems.

At the start of this month, British Cycling announced their plans to take over the running of the two events – they already own the licences, which they contracted out to Sweetspot – in 2025 for certain, but they confirmed there were plans to try to put on the races in 2024 too.

Read more: British Cycling takes control of women's and men's Tours of Britain in rescue plan

With the women’s race only a few months away, however, British Cycling CEO Jon Dutton admitted it would be a race against time to put things in place to run the event.

As spotted by Mat Mitchell on Twitter, a Tour of Britain Women is now on the UCI calendar, running from 6-9 June this year, meaning British Cycling have at the very least registered their planned race with the governing body, and set the dates they want to run it on.

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Only four days in length, the Tour of Britain Women would be a step down from the previously six-day Women’s Tour, but this is not surprising given the circumstances. The race is also listed as a Women’s WorldTour event, as the Women’s Tour was.

There are no more details about the proposed four stages at present, other than that they are listed as road stages, meaning there will not be a time trial.

The Women's Tour hasn't been held since 2022, after the 2023 edition was cancelled due to organisational and financial difficulties. Sweetspot had intended to bring the race back for 2024, and had set the dates from 4-9 June, with the event set to start in Wales.

At present, a men’s Tour of Britain is still absent from the UCI’s calendar for 2024.

GCN has contacted British Cycling for comment.

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