To find video, go to NBC Olympic's video stream web page and look for cycling under “Live Now” or scroll down to Search Video be sport for previous competitions.
Updated schedule 10 p.m. EST, 8/20, to reflect changes in BMX
NBC is providing live video-streaming of many major cycling events at the Beijing Olympics on its Olympics website once the games begin this weekend. The only drawback is that because of our time difference with Beijing, the live coverage will occur during the wee morning hours.
Because I'm interested in trying to catch some of this action, I've been checking the NBC schedules. I've broken down their coverage in a list below.
In addition to the online coverage, I found that local NBC affiliates will show highlights of the cycling action, along with everything else, during their regular Olympic programming. The USA Network and MSNBC also will broadcast some live and delayed cycling events.
While road race, time trial, many track events and mountain bike races will be streamed online, NBC is saving the BMX races for live and taped coverage on its affiliates. No BMX races will be video-streamed online, as far as I can tell.
Here's the breakdown by event; all the times are Pacific Time, so add the appropriate number of hours if you're in the Mountain, Central or East time zones.
(To check times in your area, go to the TV and Online Listings at NBC Olympics. You'll probably be prompted to give your area code. Choose listing “by sport — cycling” and check the tabs for TV listings or Online listings.)
One last note: Be sure to check the NBC cycling schedule for updated times (they've excised the entire online video stream coverage on Saturday's track cycling events).
Friday, Aug. 8 — 8 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. (PT): Men's road race, medals awarded.
Saturday, Aug. 9 — 11 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. (PT): Women's road race, medals awarded.
Affiliates (check local listings)
Saturday, Aug. 9 — 10-10:30 a.m.; 12:30-1 p.m.; 2:30-3:30 p.m. (PT): Continuing coverage of the cyclists competing in the men's road race, multiple sports
Sunday, Aug. 10 — 1-3:30 p.m.; 3:30-6 p.m. (PT): Women's road race, multiple sports
Tuesday, Aug. 12 — 8:30 to 10:05 p.m. (PT): Women's individual time trial
Tuesday, Aug. 12 — 10:30 p.m. to 2:10 a.m. (PT): Men's individual time trial
Wednesday, Aug. 13 — 2 a.m.-8 a.m. (PT): Men's individual time trial, multiple sports
Wednesday, Aug. 13 — 8-10 p.m.: Women's individual time trial, multiple sports
Friday, Aug. 15 — 1:30 a.m. to 4 a.m. (PT): Men's and women's indiv. pursuit qual. rounds; men's team sprint (all rounds & final).
Saturday, Aug. 16 — 1:30 a.m. to 4:35 a.m. (PT): Women's individual pursuit first round; men's kerin, points race, and 4000m individual pursuit finals
Sunday, Aug. 17 — 1:30 to 3:45 a.m. (PT): Women's 3000m individual pursuit final; men's & women's sprint round of 16 and round of 8.
Monday, Aug. 18 — 1:30 to 4 a.m. (PT): Women's points race; men's and women's sprint quarterfinals.
Tuesday, Aug. 19 — 1:30 to 4:50 a.m. (PT): Men's madison; men's and women's sprint classifications, semifinals and finals
Thursday, Aug. 14 — 11 p.m. to 9 a.m. (PT): Track cycling, among other events
Friday, Aug. 15 –
11 p.m. to 11 a.m. 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. (PT): Track cycling gold medal finals, multiple sports
Saturday, Aug. 16 – 7:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. (PT) :Track cycling finals, multiple sports
Saturday, Aug. 16 — 11 p.m. to 7: 30 a.m. (PT): No track cycling events specifically listsed
Sunday, Aug. 17 — 7:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. (PT): Men's and women's track cycling finals; multiple sports
Monday, Aug. 18 — 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. (PT): Track cycling gold-medal finals, mutiple sports
Saturday, Aug. 16 — 12 (noon) to 1:00 p.m. (PT): Teenage track cycling prodigy Taylor Phinney, left, has had two clear cycling role models: his father, the first American to win a stage of the Tour de France, and his mother, who won the first Olympic women's road race in Los Angeles in 1984. The next chapter for the Phinney family: Taylor chases a medal in the men's individual pursuit.
Sunday, Aug. 17 — 12 (noon) to 2 p.m. (PT): Track cycling: women's individual pursuit final. Four years ago, Beijing wasn't on Sara Hammer's radar. The former pedaling prodigy – she raced competitively for the first time at age 3 – had burned out on the sport and took jobs at a cell phone store and bagel shop. But the California native snapped out of her early retirement, inspired after watching the Athens Olympics, to become a two-time world champion and gold medal contender
Monday, Aug. 18 — 2 a.m.-9 a.m.. (PT): Track cycling, multiple sports
Tuesday, Aug. 19 — 10 p.m. to midnight (PT): Coverage of men's BMX cycling (LIVE ET/CT). New to the Olympic program, the unpredictable racing event features steeply banked turns, big jumps and huge crashes designed for top-level riders
Wednesday, Aug. 20 — 12:30 a.m.-2 a.m. (PT): [replayed 2-5 a.m.]Coverage of quarterfinal men's BMX cycling. New to the Olympic program, the event features steeply banked turns, big jumps and huge crashes designed for top-level riders. Though races are rough-and-tumble and unpredictable, Team USA has strong contenders in Kyle Bennett, Mike Day and Donny Robinson, at left.
[Semifinals and finals delayed 24 hours due to rain; NBC scheduling due to delay is uncertain at this time.]
Wednesday, Aug. 20 – 9-11 p.m. (PT): BMX racing semifinals and finals, live ET/CT.
Friday, Aug. 22 — 12 a.m. (midnight) to 2:15 a.m. (PT): Women's race, medals are awarded
Saturday, Aug. 23 — 12 a.m. (midnight) to 2:45 a.m. (PT): Men's race, medals are awarded.
Friday, Aug. 22 — 2-7:30 a.m. (PT): Women's mountain biking, multiple sports
Sunday, Aug. 24 — 12:30-5 a.m. (PT): Men's mountain biking, multiple sports
Meanwhile, Steephill.tv has a page about the Olympic road race with presentation times for other countries and other information. Check out the ridiculously difficult course profile.
NBC press release about Olympic coverage
The CBC network in Canada is broadcasting and video-steaming the Olympics as well. That network is available to many cable subscribers in the US (CBUT in the Seattle area). The network isn't squeamish about providing live coverage of Olympic events. CBC will show Olympic opening ceremonies live beginning at 7 a.m. EDT and 4 a.m. PDT.
Here's the CBC TV schedule for Olympics coverage.