It is hard and nearly impossible to keep track of all cycling competitions that are around. That being said, there are a few notable events that even the novices have heard of and that can be regularly found in the Allwin City sports offer. E-sport competitions have become super popular, not only in USA and UK, but some eastern countries like Poland, Serbia, etc. We will try to expand that list further and, while we’re at it, give you a few pointers about betting on them.
There are three professional cycling stages that are known as Grand Tours. We will explain each one briefly.
This event happens every year in Italy, though it isn’t uncommon for certain stages and parts of the race to occur in neighboring countries. Teams that compete in this event are UCI WorldTeams. It usually happens in May, while occasionally extending into June, which isn’t surprising, given that the event lasts three weeks. The cyclist with the lowest aggregate time is awarded the pink jersey. Other Grand Tours have similar prizes.
Tour de France
As the name suggests, this tour occurs in France and sometimes goes over the border. It lasts 23 days, 21 of which are dedicated to racing on different stages. It has been around since 1903 and it dominates July on any cyclist’s calendar as the most important event of the month. It has been described as the most difficult and prestigious racing event there is, while some believe it to be the most important racing event of the year. The winner gets the yellow jersey.
Vuelta a España
The last Grand Tour on the list takes place in Spain and follows the same basic rules. The winner received the red jersey, and the event lasts for three weeks. To compete, the team has to either be a part of the UCI WorldTeams or be lucky enough to become a wild card chosen by the organizers. Every year, cyclists from all over the world tune in in August to see their favorite athletes in action.
We will try to avoid the generic advice like: “don’t put all your eggs in a single basket”, or “examine the market carefully”. We already presume you are familiar with this. What we are going to tell you is that minor cycling events are not likely to get covered by the major brands.
Furthermore, check out the tipsters. There are many sites out there like Hunter and OLGB that study the riders and their companies in detail so that you don’t have to. Tipsters tend to focus on Grand Tours and a few other major events, so you can easily find some relevant information, should you ever try to place a bet on a cycling event. These two were mentioned as examples, it is up to you to find a tipster that suits your needs.