How is Cycling Categorized?
Cycling is a competitive sport that can be divided into two main categories – bicycle racing and non-racing cycling sports that include Cycle Polo, Mountain Bike trials, Freestyle BMX (which will make its Olympic debut in Tokyo 2020), and Artistic Cycling.
The bicycle racing category consists of Time Trialling, Road Bicycle Racing, Cyclo-Cross, Mountain Bike racing, Track Cycling, BMX and Cycle Speedway, all under the direct supervision of UCI (Union Cyclist International).
There are two more governing bodies in charge of cycling sports events – the International Human Powered Vehicle Association and the Ultra Marathon Cycling Association that deals with ultra-distance races.
The Most Important Cycling Events
The Grand Tours are the most prestigious cycling events, held annually and split into multiple stages. Each of the three Grand Tours lasts for weeks, covering more than 2,000 miles in distance and expanding across different territories.
Tour de France is probably the most popular event, more than 100 years old. The route is different every year, although the race is traditionally finished in Paris (Champs-Élysées). The official route for 2019 consists of 7 flat stages, 5 hilly stages, 7 mountain stages, 5 mountain top finishes, 1 individual time-trial stage and 1 team time trial stage.
Giro d’Italia is held from May to June, across Italy and nearby territories. The race is organized by RCS sport, a media company that also manages Milan-San Remo, Tireno-Adratico, as well as several European and Asian UCI calendar events. The contestants will pass the distance of approximately 3,500 kilometers or 2,200 miles.
Vuelta a España is the youngest of the three events, initiated in 1935. The race lasts 3 weeks (August – September) and has a similar format to other two Grand Tours – annually modified routes, more than 20 stages, and 2 rest days.
The betting markets in cycling are the same as with any other racing sports and the bettors can choose between the following cycling betting alternatives:
- Outright winner
- Winning Margin
- Head to Head
- Stage Wins
The outright winner is a pretty standard bet that refers to the race winner. If you are not familiar with the cyclist’s track record and past results, the odds will give you a pretty good idea who is likely to win the race, although the underdogs can often surprise us.
Winning margin refers to the time length between the first cyclist to go through the finish line and the runner up. Basically, you are trying to guess if the time difference will be over or under the given value – 1 seconds or less vs 2 seconds or more.
Head to Head enables the punters to bet on the cyclist’s performance when compared to another contestant.
Stage Wins is typical Over/Under bet, which allows you to lay a wager on the number of individual race-stages a cyclist will win.
William Hill offers markets for the Grand Tours, World Hour Record Challenge (longest distance cycled in on hour), Milan-San Remo, Paris Roubaix, Tour of Flanders, and Strade Bianche. Before you place your first cycling bets, you will need to create a William Hill account, which will make you eligible for the £30 free bonus bets welcome offer.
888Sport covers all major cycling events and enables the account holders to bet through 888Sport mobile app. They are among the first bookies to launch the odds, offering betting tips and allowing the players to place live bets.
You can choose from among several competing bookmakers on the newbookmakers.co.uk.