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

April


27th April to May 2nd- Tour of Romandie (GCN)

May

1st- Powercor Melbourne to Warrnambool (SBS)

SBS Cycling Central Facebook livestream

1130 – 1430 approx

8th to 30th – Giro d’Italia (GCN, SBS)

Saturday May 8 – Giro d’Italia Stage 1
21:50 – 01:35 (AEST) LIVE on GCN, SBS VICELAND and SBS On Demand

Sunday May 9 – Giro d’Italia Stage 2
2120 – 0120 (AEST) LIVE on SBS VICELAND

(20:30 live stream starts via GCN, SBS On Demand)

Monday May 10 – Giro d’Italia Stage 3
21:20 – 01:35 (AEST) LIVE on SBS VICELAND

(20:10 live stream starts via GCN, SBS On Demand)

Tuesday May 11- Giro d’Italia Stage 4
21:20 – 01:35 (AEST) LIVE on SBS VICELAND

(19:55 live stream starts via GCN, SBS On Demand)

Wednesday May 12 – Giro d’Italia Stage 5
2100 – 0135 (AEST) LIVE on GCN, SBS VICELAND and SBS On Demand

Thursday May 13 – Giro d’Italia Stage 6
21:20 – 01:35 (AEST) LIVE on SBS VICELAND

(20:25 live stream starts via GCN, SBS On Demand)

Friday May 14 – Giro d’Italia Stage 7
21:20 – 01:35 (AEST) LIVE on SBS VICELAND

(20:40 live stream starts via GCN, SBS On Demand)

Saturday May 15 – Giro d’Italia Stage 8

21:20 – 01:35 (AEST) LIVE on SBS VICELAND 

(20:30 live stream starts via GCN, SBS On Demand)

Sunday May 16 – Giro d’Italia Stage 9

21:15 – 01:20 (AEST) LIVE on SBS VICELAND 

(20:05 live stream starts via GCN, SBS On Demand)

Monday May 17 – Giro d’Italia Stage 10

21:30 – 01:35 (AEST) LIVE on GCN, SBS VICELAND and SBS On Demand

Tuesday May 18 – Rest day 1

Wednesday May 19 – Giro d’Italia Stage 11

20:45 – 01:35 (AEST) LIVE on GCN, SBS VICELAND and SBS On Demand

Thursday May 20 – Giro d’Italia Stage 12

21:20 – 01:35 (AEST) LIVE on SBS VICELAND 

(19:15 live stream starts via GCN, SBS On Demand)

Friday May 21 – Giro d’Italia Stage 13

21:20 – 01:35 (AEST) LIVE on SBS VICELAND 

(20:15 live stream starts via GCN, SBS On Demand)

Saturday May 22 – Giro d’Italia Stage 14

21:20 – 0135 (AEST) LIVE on SBS VICELAND 

(19:20 live stream starts via GCN, SBS On Demand)

Sunday May 23- Giro d’Italia Stage 15

21:20 – 01:20 (AEST) LIVE on SBS VICELAND 

(21:05 live stream starts via GCN, SBS On Demand)

Monday May 24 – Giro d’Italia Stage 16

21:20 – 01:35 (AEST) LIVE on SBS VICELAND

(18:40 live stream starts via GCN, SBS On Demand)

Tuesday May 25 – Rest day 2

Wednesday May 26 – Giro d’Italia Stage 17

20:30 – 01:35 (AEST) LIVE on SBS VICELAND 

(19:50 live stream starts via GCN, SBS On Demand)

Thursday May 27 – Giro d’Italia Stage 18

21:20 – 01:35 (AEST) LIVE on SBS VICELAND

(19:25 live stream starts via GCN, SBS On Demand)

Friday May 28 – Giro d’Italia Stage 19

21:20 – 01:35 (AEST) LIVE on SBS VICELAND 

(20:00 live stream starts via GCN, SBS On Demand)

Saturday May 29 – Giro d’Italia Stage 20

21:20 – 01:35 (AEST) LIVE on SBS VICELAND 

(20:10 live stream starts via GCN, SBS On Demand) 

Sunday May 30 – Giro d’Italia Stage 21

21:20 – 02:00 (AEST) LIVE on SBS VICELAND 

(21:15 live stream starts via GCN, SBS On Demand)

Not the Giro


12th to 16th – Tour of Hongrie (FloBikes)

13th – Circuit de Wallonie (GCN)

15th – GP Plumelec-Morbihan (GCN)

16th- Tro Bro Leon (GCN)

18th to 22nd- Tour of Andalucia (GCN)

19th to 24th – Tour of Norway (GCN)

22nd- Tour du Finistère (GCN)

23rd- Boucles de l’Aulne (GCN)

24th- Mercantour (GCN)

30th- Ride London (GCN)

30th May to June 6th- Criterium du Dauphine (SBS, FloBikes, GCN)