Anyone subscribe to Flobikes?

And to make it all even more confusing, Flo is showing the 5 day race Etoile de Bessèges starting today. It isn’t on their schedule, but is on their site. Coverage is in French, but I’ll take it.

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Anyone watching Etoile de Besseges today on FLO?

I’ve got the picture, but no sound…no announcers, no background noise, helicopters, motorcycles, nothing…

ETA - never mind. I restarted the computer and got sound. It is all in French, though… :man_shrugging:

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The Flobikes app on AppleTV has always worked fine for me, there’s no DVR, they show the events live and then post the replays afterwards.

But the calendar I’ve seen for this season wasn’t enough to convince me to re-subscribe. We’ll see what the solution is for me but right now Flobikes seems overpriced.

With the removal of the Giro and Milan-San Remo, I don’t necessarily disagree. But i re-upped mu subscription in October for the Giro, so I am locked in. Hopefully they reach an agreement with RCS for the Giro.

As I noted earlier though…I have dropped $150 on dumber bike stuff over the years, so… :stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye:

Mine’s up end of the month so at least the subscription kinda matches up with the season.

I’ve wasted plenty on cycling and watching cycling. But between trying to watch the European soccer leagues and cycling I get tired of feeling like I’m throwing money at 10 different streaming services that are constantly changing and half of which seem to be ripping me off.

Like you, my FloBikes subscription lasts through most of the 2021 season, so I can see how things go.

That said - all of this discussion has me looking up other broadcast options. Feels like GCN’s coverage might be filling in the gaps for a few things.

According to their site (United States of America – GCN) they have Strade Bianche, Milan San Remo, the Giro, Lombardia, and a bunch of others

Need to go through their watching options (watching only from a phone isn’t really viable for me) but if they have a way to watch from a browser I’ll probably be subscribing there

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Interesting…so no chance FLO gets the Giro then.

Unfortunately, GCN’s site is a bit of a mess trying to figure out what I need, etc. It seems I need to subscribe to the RacePass, correct? How much is the subscription?

I think $25/year (discount right now) but when I try to create an account (GCN Race Pass - A better way to watch live racing. Live, interactive bike racing made by fans, for fans) it gives me an error message

Edit: Had some of their scripts blocked, was able to create an account - confirmed it is currently $25 for the 2021 year

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Ooo. Now this is a good schedule. I’ll have to figure out how to watch it on my TV.

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Great, thanks…was indeed $25. Seems like a screaming deal…now waiting for the other shoe to drop in the form of “Oh, the Giro will be an extra $50” or some such nonsense. :joy:

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I signed up for GCN+ as well. Lots of big races this year including strade and Il Lombarda in addition to those already mentioned. 25 bucks for a year it is a no brainer.

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$25 right now is pretty good for their schedule I think.

It’d be nice to have a few of the races that Flo has, but comparing their schedules the price difference seems unjustified to me.

Can you view GCN+ via a web browser? Or only via an IOS / Android app?

Anyone in the US confirm that you can use a VPN to watch content that is region locked on GCN+?

Yes, I just watched Flandriencross today on my laptop.

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I did read one recent review that said it may have trouble with Safari and possibly some other browser.

But I just used chrome and mirrored it to my tv just fine, I believe it said firefox worked as well.

Haven’t tried GCN with a VPN but have read that it works.

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Thanks - I’m going to grab a month subscription and test it out before I commit to a full year. I hate to have to go this route, but I really need my cycling fix without having to subscribe to 15 different services and random pirate websites.

Yes, we’ve been using a VPN to watch geo-blocked CX races since just after Dendermonde. Had no issues.

As for up charges, I’ve had Race Pass since before last season, never had them charge extra for any races. The only issue was geo-blocked content, but the VPN now fixes that.

For the guy who’s looking for soccer and cycling, you can actually use a VPN to get access to the Eurosport player. It’s slightly more expensive than Race Pass, but it might give you more that you’re looking for.

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Crazy finish in Etoile de Beseges today…putting a roundabout 400m from the line was NOT a good idea.

Watch the line by Mads Pedersen after his initial contact…he goes from the left side of the road exiting the roundabout all the way to the right, taking out the Pauwels - Bingoal rider from nowhere and then still continuing until he hits the barrier off the right side of the road.

Crazy!!