For cycling fans, couch and Internet surfing the London Olympics should be a medal sport. It will take Olympic-sized proportions of skill and stamina to keep up with events over the next two weeks.
NBC and NBCSports is airing many of these events, but you can be assured that many will be delayed until later in the day. For those who want to see the action live, NBC is providing a live video feed.
Broadcast and live streaming
Check NBC Olympics schedule for broadcast times in your area.
NBC is providing live streaming of most events (except opening ceremonies) by following this link to Live Extra. NBC says you will need to verify that you subscribe to a cable, satellite or telco video tier that includes CNBC and MSNBC. There is no additional charge.
Be ready to provide login/password information to verify your account.
First up is the Men’s road cycling event, which begins at 10 a.m. London time on Saturday; that’s 5 a.m. Eastern and 2 a.m. Pacific. This will be the first medal event of the 2012 Olympics.
The 250km road race around London and environs will feature Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins and World Champion Mark Cavendish as the hometown favorites. The entire event, including medal presentation, is expected to take 6 hours.
NBC is airing the race from 5 to 11 a.m. on Saturday on the East Coast, as well as from 5 to 11 a.m. in the Pacific Time Zone, which means we’ll be seeing a tape delayed broadcast out here. The video stream will be live, however, so I plan on rising early enough Saturday to see the finish
Also Olympic Cycling Road Race website should have the results as they happen.
Olympic cycling event schedule
As best as I can reconstruct it, here’s a schedule of the days that cycling events are scheduled. Follow the links at the top of the subheads for schedule times in London (click on the bar at the Olympic site for times of that event). To convert to your time zone:
Eastern — subtract 5 hours
Central — subtract 6 hours
Mountain — subtract 7 hours
Pacific — subtract 8 hours
Saturday, July 28 — Men’s road race
Sunday, July 29 — Women’s road race
Wednesday, Aug. 1 –Women’s time trial
Wednesday, Aug. 1 — Men’s time trial
Thursday, Aug. 2 — Women’s Team Sprint Finals Gold; Men’s Team Sprint Finals Gold
Friday, Aug. 3 — Men’s Team Pursuit Finals Gold; Women Keirin Gold
Saturday, Aug. 4 — Women’s Team Pursuit Finals Gold
Sunday, Aug. 5 — Men’s Omnium Gold
Monday, Aug. 6 — Men’s Sprint Bronze; Men’s Sprint Gold
Tuesday, Aug. 7 — Women’s Sprint Bronze; Women’s Sprint Gold
Wednesday, Aug. 8 — Men’s and women’s BMX preliminary rounds
Thursday, Aug. 9 — Men’s and women’s BMX preliminary rounds
Friday, Aug. 10 — Men’s and women’s BMX medal rounds
Saturday, Aug. 11 — Women’s mountain bike cross-country
Sunday, Aug. 12 — Men’s mountain bike cross-country
Here’s the roster of US cycling nominees released by USA Cycling
MEN’S ROAD CYCLING
Timmy Duggan (Boulder, Colo./Liquigas-Cannondale)
Tyler Farrar (Wentachee, Wash./Garmin-Barracuda)
Chris Horner (Bend, Ore./RadioShack-Nissan-Trek)
Taylor Phinney (Boulder, Colo./BMC Racing) – road race & time trial
Tejay van Garderen (Tacoma, Wash./BMC Racing)
WOMEN’S ROAD CYCLING
Kristin Armstrong (Boise, Idaho/Exergy TWENTY12) – road race & time trial
Amber Neben (Irvine, Calif./Specialized-lululemon) – road race & time trial
Shelley Olds (Gilroy, Calif./AA Drink-Leontien.nl)
*Evelyn Stevens (Acton, Mass./Specialized-lululemon)
Dotsie Bausch (Irvine, Calif./OUCH Pro Cycling) – women’s team pursuit
*Sarah Hammer (Temecula, Calif./OUCH Pro Cycling) – women’s omnium & team pursuit
Bobby Lea (Topton, Pa./Pure Energy Cycling-ProAirHFA) – men’s omnium
Jennie Reed (Seattle, Wash./OUCH Pro Cycling) – women’s team pursuit
Lauren Tamayo (Asheville, N.C./Exergy Twenty12) – women’s team pursuit
Jimmy Watkins (Bakersfield, Calif./Project London 2012) – men’s sprint
* David Herman (Wheat Ridge, Colo./Free Agent-Rockstar)
Connor Fields (Henderson, Nev./Chase BMX) — Olympic Trials winner
Nic Long (Lakeside, Calif./Haro Bikes) — named on June 16
* Arielle Martin (Spanaway Wash./Intense BMX)
Alise Post (Saint Cloud, Minn./Redline) — named on June 16
MEN’S MOUNTAIN BIKE
Samuel Schultz (Missoula, Mont./Subaru-Trek)
Todd Wells (Durango, Colo./Specialized Racing)
WOMEN’S MOUNTAIN BIKE
Lea Davison (Jericho, Vt./Specialized Racing)
*Georgia Gould (Fort Collins, Colo./Luna Pro Team)