As we edge closer to the new year, it’s a good time to see how the road race calendar for 2020 is shaping up.
The first roads meeting worldwide for the start of the next decade, is anticipated to take place in New Zealand, the one day Invercargill Street Races (9th February).
UK wise, the first event of the 2020’s is at England’s only closed roads course, Oliver’s Mount, Scarborough, with the revived Spring Cup meet taking place from the 18th-19th of April.
Irish roads action begins at Cookstown (24th-25th April) whilst the opening International road race is once again the North West 200 (10th-16th May).
Photo by Rod Neill
TT 2020 takes centre stage in June, whilst up to 10 prominent, prestigious events are all July based including Skerries, the Southern 100, Faugheen 50 and Armoy.
With the Ulster Grand Prix, unfortunately anticipated to be absent from the 2020 calendar, various top level International road racer’s prime attentions for August will be focused upon the Mountain Course based Classic TT and Manx Grand Prix events, which both get underway on the 22nd of August.
Main highlights for road race fans in September will include the 69th Gold Cup meeting at Scarborough (12th-13th) and the IRRC season finale at Frohburg (19th-20th).
Here’s an overall overview at the current look of the 2020 pure road racing calendar:
9th February Invercargill Street Races
18th-19th April Spring Cup
24th-25th April Cookstown 100
1st-2nd May Tandragee 100
2nd-3rd May TBC Aberdare Park Classics
9th-10th May IRRC Hengelo
10th-16th May North West 200
19th-20th May 300 Curves of Gustav Havel (Horice)
29th May – 1st June Pre TT Classic Road Races
30th May – 13th June TT 2020
6th-7th June Kopcany
13th June Post TT Races
13th-14th June IRRC Terlicko
20th-21st June Kells
20th-21st June Cock O’The North Festival
27th-28th June Munster 100
3rd-5th July IRRC Imatranajo
4th-5th July Skerries 100
6th-9th July Southern 100
11th-12th July Walderstown
17th-19th July Chimay Classic Bikes
18th-19th July Aberdare Park Road Races
18th-19th July Faugheen 50
24th-25th July Armoy
24th-26th July IRRC Chimay
25th-26th July Barry Sheene Classic
15th-16th August IRRC Horice
22nd-31st August Classic TT
22nd August – 4th September Manx Grand Prix
5th-6th September Dymokury
12th-13th September Scarborough Gold Cup
19th-20th September IRRC Frohburg
25th October Greymouth Street Races
TBC Macau Grand Prix
Words by Stevie Rial