Cycling iCal

UCI World Tour races fill the calendar from the Tour Down Under in January to the Tour of Guangxi in December, and a further 50 or so in-between. As an avid cyclist, you’ll no doubt watch as many as you can but how do you keep track of race dates without adding each one to your calendar?

The answer is to use an iCal or iCalendar, which is a file type (.ics) that allows you to add calendar events to whichever calendar format you use in just a few seconds. Calendar formats supported include; Google Calendar in Gmail, Apple Calendar on an iPhone or iPad, Microsoft Outlook Calendar or one of many others. They are a safe and secure method of viewing calendar events, such as these UCI World Tour dates.

Add 50 UCI World Tour dates to your calendar in just a few seconds.

Instead of adding over 50 tour dates manually into your calendar, you can simply add them all in less than a minute by using this Cycling iCal. What’s more, once you’ve added the calendar using the iCal format, you’ll never have to repeat the process as all future tour dates will be automatically updated and if you ever fall out of love with cycling (as if), you can just as easily remove the calendar.

There are a number of FAQs below which include detailed instructions on how to add the Cycling iCal to a Google Calendar, iPhone, iPad or Outlook but if you know what you’re doing and simply want to download the iCal Calendar file or link, click on the Download File (.ics) or Get Weblink button now.

Cycling iCal Download

Cycling iCal Link

What is a Cycling iCal?

An iCal is a file type that allows you to share a calendar with others. It is a safe and secure method of viewing calendar content on a specific topic, in this case, cycling.

iCal file extensions are usually .ics but they are often shared as a web address (URL), such as a Google Calendar location. This allows users to add the iCal content directly into their personal calendar but shown as a series of separate calendar events. We’ve chosen the UCI World Tour men’s and women’s elite races in this example.

The iCal, or iCalendar, format is widely used and has become the goto format for those wishing to share calendars. Software giants Google & Apple both support the iCal calendar in their Google Calendar and Apple Calendar applications. Additionally, it is also supported by IBM, Yahoo!, Mozilla Thunderbird, Novell and Microsoft Outlook. As you can see, pretty much every online primary calendar provider supports the iCal format, making it accessible, easy to implement and readily find support.

How do I add the Cycling iCal into my Google Calendar?

It is very easy to add the Cycling iCal into your Google Calendar / Gmail Calendar. This is the process when using a computer (desktop or laptop), not phone, iPad or tablet (see below for this). You can either add the calendar from a URL or Import using the .ics file format. To add From URL, follow these instructions;

  1. Open your Google Calendar (click link).
  2. On the left-hand side, click on Add Calendar. Depending on which version of Google Calendar you’re using, this may say Add a friend’s calendar or Add other calendars.
  3. To add from a web address, click From URL and use this URL (click link).
  4. Add URL of calendar and then click Add Calendar.

Import File:

  1. To Import the calendar, you’ll first need to download this iCal file and save it to your computer.
  2. Unzip the file (use Extract All).
  3. Open your Google Calendar (click link).
  4. On the left-hand side, click on Add Calendar. Depending on which version of Google Calendar you’re using, this may say Add a friend’s calendar or Add other calendars.
  5. When prompted to Select file from computer, import the file you’ve just downloaded to your computer and then click Import.
How do I add the Cycling iCal to my iPhone or iPad?

Adding the Cycling iCal to your Apple iPhone or iPad is as straightforward as any other Apple action, a simple tap of the finger.

  1. Apple iPhone or iPad users should tap a finger here and then Add All.
  2. Select On My iPhone or Gmail, then Done.

The alternative method is to add the calendar via iPhone or iPad Settings.

  1. Go to this iCal address and copy URL.
  2. Go to Settings > Accounts & Passwords > Add Account > select Other
  3. Go to Calendars > Add Subscribed Calendar > paste URL into Server > click Next.
How do I add the Cycling iCal to Outlook?

To add the Cycling iCal to your Microsoft Outlook calendar, follow these instructions;

  1. To Import the calendar, you’ll first need to download this iCal file and save it to your computer.
  2. Unzip the file (use Extract All).
  3. Open Outlook Calendar.
  4. Select File > Open > Import
  5. This opens the Import Wizard.
  6. Select > Import an iCal (.ics) file > Next
  7. When prompted click Open to import the iCal file.
  8. The tour dates from the Cycling iCal file will now be imported into your Outlook Calendar
Will the Cycling iCal auto-update?

Yes. That’s one of the wonderful things about this Cycling iCal calendar, once you’ve added the calendar to your device, it’ll be automatically updated with new events and amendments to existing dates, including next year’s UCI World Tour events. The calendar will be continually updated just so long as people see the value in it so please share this on Facebook, Twitter et al.

Why have some UCI World Tour dates been excluded from the Cycling iCal?

There are 51 UCI World Tour Dates included in this Cycling iCal which include all of the men’s elite road races and the women’s elite road races. There are of course plenty of other UCI World Tour dates, including under 23 races and Junior events but when you look at the full list, it adds up to over 630 dates. This list has been put together manually and adding over 600 dates to the calendar would have taken, well, a long time.

I have therefore focused on the main Elite races (both men’s and women’s) but if this calendar proves popular, I’ll add more dates. Feedback in the comments section below will prove helpful in this regard.

Which UCI World Tour Events are included in the iCal?

The full list of UCI World Tours included in this Cycling iCal is as follows (listed in date order);

  • Santos Tour Down Under
  • Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race
  • Abu Dhabi Tour
  • Omloop Het Nieuwsblad Elite
  • Strade Bianche
  • Paris-Nice
  • Ronde van Drenthe
  • Tirreno-Adriatico
  • Milano-Danremo
  • Trofeo Alfredo Binda – Comune di Cittiglio
  • Volta Ciclista a Catalunya
  • Driedaage De Panne-Koksijde
  • Record Bank E3 Harelbeke
  • Gent-Wevelgem in Flanders Fields
  • Dwars door Vlaanderen – A travers la Flandre
  • Ronde van Vlaanderen – Tour des Flandres
  • Vuelta Ciclsta al Pais Vasco
  • Paris-Roubaix
  • Amstel Gold Race
  • La Fleche Wallonne
  • Liege-Bastogne-Liege
  • Tour de Romandie
  • Tour of Chongming Island
  • Eschborn-Frankfurt – Rumd um den Finanzplatz
  • Giro d’Italia
  • Amgen Tour of California
  • WWT Emakumeen XXXI Bira
  • Criterium du Dauphine
  • Tour de Suisse
  • OVO Energy Women’s Tour
  • Giro d’Italia Internazionale Femminile
  • Tour de France
  • La Course by Le Tour de France
  • Prudential RideLondon-Surry Classic
  • Clasica Ciclista San Sebastian
  • Tour de Pologne
  • Crescent Vargarda TTT
  • Crescent Vargarda
  • Binck Bank Tour
  • Ladies Tour of Norway
  • EuroEyes Cyclassics Hamburg
  • La Vuelta ciclista a Espana
  • GP de Plouay – Lorient Agglomeration
  • Bretagne Classic – Ouest-France
  • Boels Ladies Tour
  • Grand Prix Cycliste de Quebec
  • Grand Prix Cycliste de Montreal
  • Madrid Challenge by la Vuelta
  • Presidential Cycling Tour of Turkey
  • Il Lombardia
  • Tour of Guangxi
What else is included in the Calendar?

Each Tour is listed as an all-day event so that it sits unobtrusively within your calendar. There is an alert set at 9:00am (London GMT) each day but these can easily be removed if you’d prefer not to receive them. Each tour entry includes the Country hosting the event, a link to the official website and a reminder of the site that created this iCal so you can tell your friends!

Whilst most of the Tours are listed as a single entry, even for multi-day races, the Tour de France gets special treatment. For this prestigious race, entries have been created for each individual stage of the tour. The listing also shows the Start & Finish locations, the length of the stage and the terrain. If feedback is positive (please use the comments section below) then I’ll look to create stage details for other major tours too.

What's the catch?

There isn’t one! The Calendar is free and doesn’t even contain any adverts. Why? Quite simply, I created this Calendar for myself and turning it into an iCal is straight forward, so I initially shared it with my cycling buddies and now I’m sharing it with everyone else.

Is it dodgy? How dare you, how very dare you! Absolutely not.

There's an error in the Calendar, what should I do?

In the first instance, please leave the details in the comments section below. I’ll then update the master calendar, which will then automatically update your calendar.

Cycling iCal – World Tour Dates

If you’re just looking for somewhere to view the tour dates and don’t want to add the calendar to your phone or computer, here’s the online version. Just bookmark this page as the calendar will be updated with new dates or amendments to existing events as and when they happen.

If you change your mind at a later date, just click on the ‘+’ sign next to the Google Calendar label on the bottom right-hand side and the calendar will open up in a new page.

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