How to Bet on Cycling – Cycling Betting Guide, Odds & Lines
From the Tour de France to the Giro d’Italia, cycling is a high-profile sport with many exciting races to bet on.
At Stake.com, you’ll find a host of cycling betting markets, and you can even live stream some of the best action directly from your Stake account. Read on to learn how to bet on cycling and discover the different events and cyclists you can bet on throughout the season.
What is Cycling?
As a professional sport, cycling exists in many forms. There are short road races and long tours across mountain ranges. Within each type of cycling are different types of cyclists, from rouleurs (all-rounders) to grimpeurs (climbers).
In the world of professional cycling, cyclists are employed by teams, which then enter various races around the world throughout the season. As a result, you can bet on many cycling races throughout the year at Stake.com.
History of Cycling
The history of professional road cycling can be traced back to the second half of the 19th century. Road racing was established as an organised sport in France in 1868, and Belgium, Italy, and Spain followed suit in subsequent years.
The first official road cycling race was held in Saint-Cloud, Paris, in May 1868. It was a 1,200-metre race won by Englishman James Moore.
By the 1896 Olympic Games in Athens, cycling was included as an event and has remained a fixture of the Games ever since.
Thanks to Lance Armstrong's incredible performance in 2000, by the 20th century, road racing in Europe was immensely popular, and various cycling tournaments, races and events were held across the continent. The first women’s cycling race was held in 1951 in France and was a watershed moment for women’s cycling.
Types of Cycling
As far as professional road races are concerned, there are four main types of cycling:
Single day: These events take just one day and can be up to 300km long.
Time Trials: In individual time trials, cyclists compete alone against the clock on various terrains.
Stage races: These events consist of several stages ridden consecutively. They can last several weeks and can be team or individual events.
Ultra-distance: These events can last for thousands of kilometres, and the race clock runs continuously. The Race Across America is a good example of an ultra-distance cycling event.
As well as road racing, you can also enjoy BMX biking, mountain biking (off-road), and indoor cycling. But road racing tends to have the biggest following and is the most popular type of cycling with sports betting fans.
What are the Biggest Cycling Races and Events?
With a wide range of races throughout the cycling season, here are some of the major cycling events on the calendar:
Grand Tours: Perhaps the cycling events that most are familiar with, the Grand Tours are stage races that take place over several weeks. The most popular tours are Giro d’Italia, Tour de France, UCI World Tour, and Vuelta a Espana.
Olympic Games: Cycling is a big deal in the Olympic Games and includes road races, individual time trials, mountain biking, and track cycling events.
The Monuments: The Monuments are single-day races that are long and technical and are a gruelling challenge for elite cyclists. The Monuments include races like Milan San Remo, Tour of Flanders, and Paris-Roubaix.
Ultra-endurance: The most physically demanding cycling races on the planet, ultra-endurance races are also popular with fans and riders alike. Cape Epic, Mallorca 312, and the Transcontinental Race are the biggest events in this category.
Who are the Best Cyclists and Teams?
In road cycling, professional teams score points for their finishes in major events and are ranked by the UCI World Rankings. At the time of writing, UAE Team Emirates is the best cycling team in the world, followed by Jumbo-Visma (Netherlands), INEOS Grenadiers (UK), and Soudal Quick Step (Belgium).
As for individual riders, Slovenian Tadej Pogacar is the leading cyclist in the world, and he’s currently on UAE Team Emirates. For Jumbo-Visma, the Danish rider Jonas Vingegaard Rasmussen is also an elite cyclist, as displayed by his 2023 Tour de France win, while Belgian Remco Evenepoel riding for Soudal Quick Step is also at the top of his game.
How Do You Bet on Cycling?
You can bet on cycling online on any desktop, tablet, or mobile device by creating an account at Stake.com. Head to our sportsbook and enter your personal details. You can then make a cryptocurrency deposit to fund your cycling bets, choosing from Bitcoin, Litecoin, Ethereum, and others.
With cryptocurrency in your account, decide which cycling events and major races you would like to bet on and do your research. You can then place your bets from the betting options introduced below.
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Types of Cycling Bets & Popular Cycling Betting Markets
You can choose from the following bet types before placing a cycling wager at Stake.com:
Race winner: The most common type of cycling bet you can place is the cyclist you think will win a specific race. As many cycling races are split into different phases, you can bet on the winner of each individual race or a single stage if you wish.
Outright winner: An outright cycling bet is a wager on the cyclist you think will win an event overall, such as the Tour de France. You can refer to our outright betting guide for some handy tips if you plan to place an outright cycling bet at Stake.com.
Live Cycling Betting – How to Live Stream Cycling Events & Place In-Play Bets
While you can place your cycling bets before the race gets underway, you can also take advantage of the live betting markets available at Stake.com.
By waiting until the riders get underway, you can consider how the conditions affect the track and whether a cyclist’s current form affects their winning chances.
What’s more, you can live stream some of the biggest cycling events on the calendar for free directly from your Stake.com account.
As a result, you can select which live bets to place as and when the race is unfolding, which is an extremely enjoyable way to enjoy cycling. Simply check for any upcoming cycling events that are available to stream at Stake.com to plan your live betting strategy.
Here are some handy cycling betting tips that will help you as you bet on cycling at our online sportsbook:
Every cycling event is unique, so you need to understand how each event works before placing your bets. Check whether it’s an individual stage or team event, for instance, and check how many stages there are so you know what you can bet on.
As there are many different cycling events, there are also many different types of riders and terrains. For example, Tour de France has a variety of terrain, including flat stages and mountain stages. Some riders are excellent on flat terrain, while others are mountain specialists. You should bear this in mind before picking a winner as the various stages will affect the overall cycling odds.
Like any other sport, cyclists go in and out of form ahead of the biggest events. Therefore, you should consider how a cyclist has performed in recent times before backing them.
To bet on cycling at Stake.com, you need to understand how cycling betting odds work. You can adjust how the odds are displayed in your account, choosing from decimals, fractions, or the American format, depending on the format you’re most comfortable with.
You should always check a cyclist’s odds before backing them to determine if they are good value ahead of the race in question.
As for payouts, we process all withdrawal requests instantly, which is one of the biggest benefits of betting on cycling at Stake.com. Alternatively, you can store your winnings in the Vault, making your life easier when you’re ready to place your next sports bet online. Learn how to use the Stake Vault to securely store cryptocurrency online to fund future sports bets at the Stake Sportsbook.
Deposit & Withdrawal Methods for Cycling Betting
Easily deposit crypto units into your account to bet on cycling and other sports by following these simple steps:
Step 1 – Retrieve your deposit address, located in Wallet > Deposit.
Step 2 – Choose the method that suits your needs. Stake.com supports multiple currencies, including Bitcoin (BTC), Ethereum (ETH), Dogecoin (Doge), Litecoin (LTC), and others.
Step 3 – Use your deposit address as the ‘send to’ location for your crypto wallet or exchange.
Step 4 (Optional) – If you wish to make a deposit via fiat currency, you can buy crypto for Stake via Moonpay.
Moonpay supports multiple payment options, including Visa, Mastercard, Apple Pay, Google Pay, and others, to buy cryptocurrency to bet on cycling. For a full list of supported payment options, please refer to the Moonpay documentation.
Why Should You Bet on Cycling at Stake.com?
Cycling is a popular sport with many high-profile races throughout the year. As a result, you have lots of opportunities to bet on cycling with popular markets and various types of bets at our online betting site.
You can take advantage of the current promotions at Stake.com to boost your bankroll when making cycling bets. These are available to new and existing players. You can also learn more about the levels within the Stake VIP Club to earn exclusive rewards that you can use for cycling betting at our sportsbook.