For a lot of the wrong reasons over the past month, cycling has been in the headlines, but it can be a great bet for the wise punter. Although picking winners at fair odds can be very challenging, and if you want consistency, you may need to stick to it for longer periods, it can be very rewarding when you pick a winner at good odds.
There are several types of races, all of which for cycling and online sports betting must be treated differently. The four main types were betting for racing on the sprint stage, mountain stage, one-day race and time trial. Different cyclists are suitable for various stage types. Here we will concentrate on the steps of the time trial.
It is important to look at the stage profile in the time trial, the length of the time trial as well as the weather, often in relation to the starting list. A change in weather patterns can have a significant impact on the results, particularly on the shorter courses, but this is often not taken into consideration in the odds.
The ideal situation for time trial cycling betting is when most favorites, starting later in the afternoon, are low down on the starting list. If it begins to rain around midday or early afternoon, it can get very slippery once the later riders set off, allowing a good cyclist to win or place earlier in the morning.
This was the perfect example in the March 2012 Paris-Nice Time Trial. The stage is expected to win the likes of Tony Martin, Bradley Wiggins and Levi Leipheimer. Nonetheless, the Swede, Gustav Larsson, topped the leaderboard after driving the morning runners, having started at 150/1 odds. The rain forced the big favorites to compete after lunch, and Larsson ended up winning a second from Bradley Wiggins, back in 28th place with world time trial champion Tony Martin.
Length of the Race
The shorter the time trial, the more it can have an effect. The time trial in Paris-Nice was only 9.4 km, with only 11 minutes and 19 seconds of winning time. The shorter the race, the more it can cost you one mistake. Likewise, turning one or two corners slightly slower to battle the slick surface will cost you a few seconds, which in a short race might be the difference.
The other critical thing to look at when betting on time trial cycling is the contest’s profile and course. Most time trials are going to be smooth and nearly perfectly straight, some may have several tight corners, while others may have climbing hills. Each of these different profiles will influence which riders are likely to set the fastest times.
Like any sport, it’s really about getting to know that rider’s personalities and the sort of course that suits their skill set. Bookmakers usually go up to exactly the same values regardless of course or circumstances, and there is often a chance to find any interest that will lead to good gains for your cycling betting over the long run. Be sure to check out our guide on how to claim some free bets if you’re looking to get involved in cycling betting!