How to watch the 2021 cycling season from Australia

Looking for the road cycling action from the Ardennes classics, the cobbles or the Grand Tours? Look no further as here is the complete list of where to find and watch the live racing action.

Australia has three main cycling broadcasters for live racing action; SBS, GCN and Flobikes.

SBS provides free access to the bigger races and has a relationship with Tour de France organisers Amaury Sports Organisation (ASO) to broadcast the French Grand Tour as well as the other ASO-run events. That includes the Vuelta a Espana, Paris-Roubaix, Paris-Nice, Criterium du Dauphine and a number of other classics and stage race throughout the season. In April 2021, SBS also acquired the broadcast rights that had previously been held by Eurosport, with the Giro d’Italia, the Women’s Tour and Strade Bianche coming to the free-to-air broadcaster. They also acquired the UCI Track Champions League at the same time.

SBS has two terrestial television channels that it broadcasts cycling on, SBS and SBS VICELAND. SBS coverage also includes the Australian National Road Series, the National Championships and other local races. Most races feature live commentary from Matt Keenan, Robbie McEwen, Dave McKenzie and Bridie O’Donnell.

SBS Cycling Central is the current website that is the hub for racing news, videos and opinion, though SBS has recently announced that the website will be merged into the SBS Sport site in the coming months. SBS also has SBS On Demand, a platform for viewing the livestreams, replays and highlights of SBS broadcast events. SBS On Demand is notoriously difficult to navigate, but SBS have said that they are looking to expand and improve the On Demand services.

Global Cycling Network (GCN) is a paid app that has has partnered with Eurosport to bring live racing, cycling documentaries, fun content and racing news to its platform. Eurosport used to be a paid subscription service that broadcast into Australia, but it no longer does so and GCN have acquired the rigths to broadcast via livestream a number of races. Be careful to check ahead of time exactly where their broadcasts are available, not all are streamed live into Australia. GCN coverage also includes cyclocross events. Their commentary features the likes of Carlton Kirby, Matt Stephens, Brian Smith, Anthony McCrossan and Rob Hatch.

A 12-month GCN race pass is currently on what has been a long-running sale for $65 AUD, or you can purchase monthly for $13 AUD.

FloBikes is a paid subscription service and they are new players on the Australian scene and they have bought up the rights to some select races. Some of their races are exclusive to their live-streaming platform, others are not, so check back here for details on how to watch. A Flobikes subscription includes access to live streaming of World Triathlon Series events.

A FloBikes subscription costs $150 AUD, which works out at $12.50 a month but seems not to have a way to opt into just monthly purchases. If anyone has used FloBikes service, get in contact via the Australian Cycling Insider social media channels on Twitter or Facebook, we’re looking for a breakdown of how good a product it is.

Races and how to watch them in Australia

July

24 July – 02 August: Tokyo Olympics Cycling Events (Channel 7)

The Olympics will be broadcast on free-to-air TV on Channel 7. Coverage will be spread across the network’s three channels: 7, 7TWO and 7mate.

Seven will also be live streaming the Games via their website and the Olympics on 7 app. At this stage, that is the best way to watch what you want from the Olympics, the TV channels are notorious for changin scheduling at short or no notice. For details on when the road, track, moutain bike and BMX Olympic events occur and how to watch cycling at the Olympics check the schedule below.

24 July – Men’s Road Race

1200-1915 AEST (Channel unconfirmed, will be on the App)

25 July – Women’s Road Race

1400-1835 (Channel unconfirmed, will be on the App)

26 July – Men’s Mountain Bike Cross Country

1600-1800 (Channel unconfirmed, will be on the App)

27 July – Women’s Mountain Bike Cross Country

1600-1800 (Channel unconfirmed, will be on the App)

28 July – Men’s and Women’s Time Trial

1230-1840 (Channel unconfirmed, will be on the App)

29 July – BMX – Men’s and Women’s Quarterfinals

1100-1300 (Channel unconfirmed, will be on the App)

30 July – BMX – Men’s and Women’s Semis and Finals

1100-1320 (Channel unconfirmed, will be on the App)

31 July – BMX Freestyle – Men’s and Women’s Seeding

1110-1320

1 August – BMX Freestyle -Men’s and Women’s Final

1110-1345

2 August – Track Day 1

(Women’s Team Sprint Qualifying, Women’s Team Pursuit Qualifying, Women’s Team Sprint First round, Men’s Team Pursuit Qualifying, Women’s Team Sprint Finals, Women’s Team Sprint Victory Ceremony)

1630-1930

3 August – Track Day 2

(Women’s Team Pursuit First round, Men’s Team Sprint Qualifying, Men’s Team Pursuit First round, Men’s Team Sprint First round, Women’s Team Pursuit Finals, Men’s Team Sprint Finals, Women’s Team Pursuit Victory Ceremony, Men’s Team Sprint Victory Ceremony)

1630-1910

4 August – Track Day 3

(Men’s Sprint Qualifying, Women’s Keirin First round, Men’s Sprint 1/32 Finals, Women’s Keirin Repechages, Men’s Sprint 1/32 Finals Repechages, Men’s Team Pursuit Finals, Men’s Sprint 1/16 Finals, Men’s Team Pursuit Victory Ceremony, Men’s Sprint 1/16 Finals Repechages)

1630-2000

5 August – Track Day 4

(Men’s Omnium Scratch Race 1/4, Men’s Sprint 1/8 Finals, Women’s Keirin Quarterfinals, Men’s Sprint 1/8 Finals Repechages, Men’s Omnium Tempo Race 2/4, Men’s Sprint Quarterfinals, Women’s Keirin Semifinals, Men’s Omnium Elimination Race 3/4, Women’s Keirin Final 7-12, Women’s Keirin Final 1-6, Men’s Omnium Points Race 4/4, Men’s Sprint Race for 5th-8th Places, Women’s Keirin Victory Ceremony, Men’s Omnium Victory Ceremony)

1630-1950

6 August – Track Day 5

(Women’s Sprint Qualifying, Men’s Sprint Semifinals, Women’s Sprint 1/32 Finals, Women’s Sprint 1/32 Finals Repechages, Women’s Madison Final, Men’s Sprint Finals, Women’s Sprint 1/16 Finals, Women’s Madison Victory Ceremony, Women’s Sprint 1/16 Finals Repechages, Men’s Sprint Victory Ceremony)

1630-2015

7 August – Track Day 6

(Women’s Sprint 1/8 Finals, Men’s Keirin First Round, Women’s Sprint 1/8 Finals Repechages, Men’s Keirin Repechages, Women’s Sprint Quarterfinals, Men’s Madison Final, Men’s Madison Victory Ceremony)

1630-1925

8 August – Track Day 7

(Women’s Omnium Scratch Race 1/4, Women’s Sprint Semifinals, Men’s Keirin Quarterfinals, Women’s Omnium Tempo Race 2/4, Women’s Sprint Race for 5th-8th Places, Men’s Keirin Semifinals, Women’s Sprint Finals, Women’s Omnium Elimination Race 3/4, Men’s Keirin Final 7-12, Men’s Keirin Final 1-6, Men’s Keirin Victory Ceremony, Women’s Omnium Points Race 4/4, Women’s Sprint Victory Ceremony, Women’s Omnium Victory Ceremony)

1100-1415

29 July 2021 – 31 July 2021: Tour de L’ain (GCN)

31 July 2021: Classica San Sebastian Men’s (GCN)

31 July 2021: Classica San Sebastian Women’s (GCN)

August 2021

05 August 2021 – 08 August 2021: Arctic Race of Norway (GCN)

07 August 2021: POSTNORD UCI WWT VÅRGÅRDA WEST SWEDEN TTT (GCN)

08 August 2021: POSTNORD UCI WWT VÅRGÅRDA WEST SWEDEN RR (GCN)

10 August 2021 – 14 August 2021: Tour of Denmark (GCN)

12 August 2021 – 15 August 2021: Ladies Tour of Norway (GCN)

13 August 2021 – 22 August 2021: Tour de l’Avenir (Live broadcasts start from 21 August 2021) (GCN)