Road Cycling has always had its fans around the world. Recent years has seen that popularity grow, particularly for events such as the Tour de France. Watching the sport, either at the roadside or in the comfort of your own home can produce plenty of excitement. Having a bet on road cycling is just as exciting as you follow your chosen cyclist and wonder if they can give you a good win.
The summer sees a series of top road cycling events that you can be placing bets on. They are held in a number of different countries and receive plenty of media attention.
Popular events that you can bet on include the Giro d’Italia, the Vuelta a Espana, the Tirreno-Adriatico and Tour de Romandie. The main event is of course the Tour de France (though sometimes it starts in a different country). This takes place from the end of June to the second half of July and is the most popular race on the calendar by far. The season ends with the Tour of Beijing at the end of October, so there’s plenty to place bets on.
Many Ways to get a Winner
When it comes to placing a bet on road cycling, you might think it’s a case of just naming the overall winner. Well that might have been the case a few years ago, but there have been a lot of changes in how people bet, especially online.
It is possible of course to place a bet on the overall winner. With the races taking place over a fair amount of time – the Tour de France takes just over three weeks to complete - you will get a good run for your money if your selection is in contention to win.
There are far more bets that can be made with a wide range of markets available throughout the event. For example, you can bet on who will win each of the stages and here you will need to do a bit of research. If it’s a mountain stage, look to see who the best riders are when it comes to dealing with steep climbs. In the Tour de France, you can bet on who will be the King of the Mountains.
You can bet on which team will produce the overall winner or the nationality of the winning cyclist. Betting on who will be wearing the yellow jersey (overall leader of the race) after each stage is also possible. Other possible bets include who will be the highest finisher for a particular country, the number of finishers or the winning margin in a race.
As it Happens
In-play betting has become a major part of the gambling industry in recent years. This gives you the opportunity to be placing bets on the cycling race while it is taking place. That wasn’t the case a few years back, you just put a pre-match bet on and hoped it would get you a return.
The advantage of in-play betting on cycling is that you can place more bets on your selection if they are doing well. However, there’s a flip side to this and it’s not a bad one. If your selection isn’t having a great day, you can back another rider and make a winning bet there.
Following All the Action
The events see cyclists riding all around a particular country and it’s not just a case of going along roads. Some events include mountain stages too with steep climbs that drain the energy out of those taking part.
Those watching wonder just why someone would want to do that and if you have a bet on the sport, it’s even more tense to watch. Will your selection be able to keep up with the pace or will they drop behind the leaders? Then there’s the possibility of an accident happening that could affect the chances of your selection winning.
Even the best cyclist in the world can’t do much if another rider crashes into them or falls and causes a pile-up. That’s one of the hazards of betting on cycling, another of course being mechanical failure of the actual bike that your selection is riding.
Do some Research
When it comes to placing your bets, it is important to do some preparation first, not just place a wager on your favourite rider. That will of course be good for you if they go and win. You are delighted your favourite cyclist has won another big race and you have had a winning bet too.
That’s one way of placing a bet but not the safest when it comes to choosing a selection with a good chance of winning. Thankfully, we live in an age where there are plenty of statistics, race reports and previews available. These all help us in our choice of just who to back in a race.
The information available will show you which cyclists are in the best form going into the next race. You can see how they have got on in previous holdings of the race and this will give you an indication of their chances in the upcoming one.
A Thrilling Experience
You can see therefore that betting on cycling can be an entertaining experience. Rather than the indoor races where events can be over in a matter of minutes, road racing will maintain your interest for a few weeks. There are plenty of markets available for you to bet on, selecting the overall winner isn’t a necessity with many of them. With in-play betting also available, betting on road cycling can be a thrilling experience. It’s certainly one that will keep you glued to what’s going on because just about anything could happen.