March 05, 2021
Updated March 24, 2021: this morning it was announced that the 2021 edition of Paris-Roubaix has been cancelled, with a possible postponement to later in 2021. The reason provided is precautionary due to spread of COVID-19 in France. I'll update this page if the situation changes...
For readers who have become accustomed to simply tuning in to the FloBikes or GCN+ (formerly GCN Race Pass) subscription services for bicycle racing coverage, you may be surprised that Paris-Roubaix does not appear on the calendar for those services.
NBC Sports has the streaming rights with their Gold Cycling Pass subscription service.* In addition to Paris-Roubaix, NBC Sports holds broadcast rights to the following events:
In previous years, NBC has carried a more robust selection of races (notably, the rights to the UCI Cyclocross World Cup, which have moved to the FloBikes service.) That scheduled was trimmed down in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and appears to have shrunk further as we enter the 2021 season.
Perhaps reflecting this limited offering, NBC is currently selling the Gold Cycling Pass for $24.99, instead of $54.99 as usual. If you've never subscribed to NBC Sports Gold Cycling Pass before, be aware that the subscription does not end one year from your start date - it ends May 31, 2021 regardless of your subscription start date.
The end of the subscription period is timed to coincide with the Tour de France, so the best bang-for-your-buck is to subscribe right at the start of the 2021/22 subscription window.
NBC has announced that their NBCSN cable/satellite TV channel will be ceasing operations. This channel has been the primary way to get the Tour de France in the United States in previous years. It's not yet clear whether this change will also affect their Gold Cycling Pass product.
In 2020, NBC offered some coverage of the Tour de France via their Peacock streaming service. Unlike Gold Cycling Pass, Peacock is available month-to-month. Some tiers of Peacock are live-only, while others allow replays of content that aired previously. In 2020 a monthly Peacock subscription was the most economical way to get the Tour de France - but don't expect to see Paris-Roubaix on that service. NBC's Gold Cycling Pass is likely the only NBC "channel" Paris-Roubaix will appear on.
* this article, as with most RideCX content, is focused on readership in the United States. If you live in a different country, the streaming coverage available on these services will vary. NBC Sports Gold Cycling Pass, specifically, is a USA-only product.
May 07, 2021