There’s some big news shaking up the world of cycling broadcasts. Warner Bros Discovery is making moves following the closure of the GCN+ streaming service. From now on, Max, formerly known as HBO Max, will be the new home for much of the pro cycling coverage previously available on GCN+.
While the Max platform will carry over a substantial part of the GCN+ racing lineup, including all RCS events and most women’s WorldTour events, it won’t have everything. Notably missing will be the ASO events like the Tour de France and Vuelta a España, and Flanders Classics. Plus, the coverage won’t kick off until February 2024.
The Cost Factor
One major change for U.S. viewers is the cost. Max’s pricing structure is higher than GCN+’s, with different tiers ranging from $10 to $20 per month, plus the need for the Bleacher Report Sports add-on at an additional $10/month. It’s a significant jump from GCN+’s $50 annual fee.
For fans in Europe, the situation is a bit simpler. GCN+ subscribers can switch to the Discovery+ app, which retains the full GCN+ lineup without the splits faced by U.S. viewers. However, the exact coverage details for other international territories remain unclear.
What’s Included and What’s Not
So, what can you expect from Max? You’ll get a good chunk of the previous GCN+ calendar, including major events like the Giro d’Italia and the Mountain Bike World Cup series. But for some races, like cyclocross and certain classics, you’ll need to explore other options like FloBikes.
Included in Max’s cycling coverage:
- All RCS events (e.g., Giro d’Italia, Milan-San Remo)
- Some cobbled classics (e.g., E3 Prijs)
- Mountain Bike World Cup series
- UCI Track Champions League series
- Most Women’s WorldTour events (e.g., Giro Donne)
- Over 300 major racing events
- ASO events (e.g., Tour de France, Vuelta a España)
- Flanders Classics (e.g., Omloop Het Nieuwsblad)
- Certain cyclocross events for the 2023-2024 season
- Olympic Games
As the cycling media landscape continues to evolve, we’re committed to keeping you updated on where and how to catch all the action. Stay tuned for more details and our upcoming guide on how to watch pro cycling in 2024!