GCN Racing News Show: Is Saudi investment about to change the face of pro cycling?

Saudi Arabia has influenced multiple sports and cycling is rumoured to be next through a new cycling Super League. What will this mean for pro cycling and the racing calendar?

Clock10:00, Tuesday 31st October 2023

This week on the GCN Racing News Show, Dan Lloyd looks into a story that has been bubbling away in the background for a little while now – the potential creation of a new-look cycling super league backed by investment from Saudi Arabia. Under the proposed plans some of the biggest shareholders in the sport could come together to reimagine the business model of global cycling racing as we know it.

It's a similar move to what we have already seen in the world of golf with the controversial breakaway LIV series as well as investments in Premier League football and the world of Formula 1. Maybe cycling is set to become the next sport influenced by some of the deepest pockets in the world.

Dan takes us through the proposed plans for the super league as well as looking at the potential impact on the current infrastructure and, perhaps most importantly, what it might mean for us as cycling fans. We'd love to know what you think of the current structure and the proposals - let us know in the comments below this article.

After the announcement of the 2024 Tour de France route last week, Dan also looks at some of the key stages of the race and discusses the controversial inclusion of gravel on stage 9. He then takes us through the key areas from the route announcement of the 2024 Tour de France Femmes which was also revealed last week. It may seem like a long way off but already the excitement is building.

There's also the latest action from the second round of the UCI Track Champions League in Berlin, and the key moments in cyclo-cross from the second round of the Superprestige series as well as the second round of the UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup.

That's all the racing news from last week. Coming up live and on demand this week on GCN+ we have:

  • Round 3 of the UCI Track Champions League from Paris on Saturday 4 November
  • Cyclo-cross action with Koppenbergcross on Wednesday 1 November and the European Cyclo-cross Championship on Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 November
  • The Saitama Criterium on Sunday 5 November

As usual territory restrictions apply on all our race coverage.

Watch the best of the cyclocross season live on GCN+, with replays available on demand. Territory restrictions apply, check availability here.

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