Welcome to Cycling Weekly’s coverage index for the 2012 Premier Calendar, the season-long road racing series run by British Cycling.

This page serves as a hub for all of our coverage of the 2012 event, from reports and race analysis to the latest news and picture galleries by photographer Andy Jones.

Premier Calendar 2012: Introduction

Although the series dates back to 1959, this year marks the 20th year in which it has been called the Premier Calendar. Initially known as the Star Trophy, it was renamed the Pernod Star Trophy between 1975 and 1983, before reverting to its original title for another decade.

There have been ups and downs since it became the Premier Calendar, which reflects the difficulties of organising events on British roads. Back in 1994 there were 14 Premier Calendar events. Of those, only the Tour DoonHame (formerly the Girvan stage race) and the Lincoln Grand Prix survive. At present, there remains a question mark over the future of the Twinings Pro-Am Tour, which could see the series reduced to just six rounds for 2012.

John Tanner still leads the way with five titles to his name (1994, 1995, 1997, 2001 and 2002) and is likely to race in this year’s series for the Sportscover Altura RT.

Endura Racing’s Russell Downing dominated the series in 2008 and 2009, and could well do so again following his return to the domestic scene. His team-mate Ian Bibby won last year’s Premier Calendar, with another Endura signing for 2012 – Jonny McEvoy – a close second.




Ian Bibby (now Endura Racing) topped the standings as Motorpoint claimed a one-two-three in last year’s Premier Calendar.

Premier Calendar 2012: Schedule

Round Date Event Preview Report Debrief


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Beaumont Trophy

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Sunday, July 8

Stockton Cycling Festival Road Race

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Premier Calendar 2012: Dispatches

April 8 – Team Hope prepare for Tour Series at DoonHame crit

April 10 – Raleigh-GAC take the fight to Endura at DoonHame

Premier Calendar 2012: Super Team Challenge



Super Team Challenge 2012: Points and standings



Super Team Challenge 2012: How it works

Premier Calendar 2012: Related links



Virgin Money to continue Cyclone sponsorship



Dempster wins Dengie Marshes Tour 2011



Dengie Marshes 2011 gallery

Premier Calendar 2012: Last year’s reports



Tour DoonHame, April 23-25



REPORT: Cronshaw wins rain-soaked DoonHame opener



GALLERY: Tour DoonHame 2011, stage one



REPORT: McEvoy wins DoonHame stage two sprint



GALLERY: Tour DoonHame 2011, stage two



REPORT: Dempster wins 2011 Tour DoonHame



GALLERY: Tour DoonHame 2011, stage three

Lincoln GP, May 8



REPORT: Thwaites wins Lincoln GP



GALLERY: Lincoln GP 2011

Ryedale GP, June 5

WINNER: Jon Tiernan-Locke (Rapha-Condor-Sharp)

Tour of the Reservoir, June 19



REPORT: Bibby wins Tour of the Res



GALLERY: Tour of the Reservoir 2011

East Yorkshire Classic, July 31



REPORT: Hunt triumphs at East Yorkshire Classic



GALLERY: East Yorkshire Classic 2011

Twinings Pro-Am Tour, August 28



NEWS: British Cycling launch Twinings Pro-Am Tour


REPORT: Simon Yates takes inaugural Twinings Tour




GALLERY: Twinings Pro-Am Tour 2011

Richmond GP, September 4



REPORT: Tennant wins Richmond GP

Premier Calendar 2012: Miscellaneous


Hepworth causes upset at Clayton Velo





Opie wins Perfs Pedal





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