So we’re off and into the spring classics and I just wanted to vent for a second on how @#$% I am at the state of streaming services at the moment for pro cycling…at least in the USA.
I’ve happily paid my monthly sub to GCN+ for awhile now, both for the fairly exhaustive race coverage and for their other content, which I often sub in for SYSTM inspiration rides, etc. But once you get into the heart of the pro calendar, all bets are off. Apparently this year, to get my spring classics, the US rights were bought by “flobikes.com” who I’ve not heard of and whose interface looks on par with some bootleg services I’ve seen in the past.
Oh, but not for Paris Roubaix, which has apparently entered the consciousness of enough Americans that NBC purchased the rights for their “Peacock Premium” service, ditto for the major tours coming up this summer. And then, frankly, most of the US-based commentators they get are…meh. Maybe Bob Roll in the big tours, but most others not so much.
So basically to get any content, I just need to hemmorhage money for these subscriptions? The rub is, most of these US licenses ONLY offer the big race content, and are MORE expensive than GCN+, so I’m basically doling out ONLY for the big events (which I’m probably going to do, sigh…still cheaper than a movie ticket). I still get way more content overall by sticking with GCN+. But man, I feel like Cash Register, but going in the wrong direction.
As my Commonwealth friends would say, BOLLOCKS.