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Why does Cyclingnews have a paywall?

Mark Cavendish at the 2022 Tour of Oman
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As the racing season ramps up, and your visits to Cyclingnews increase, some of you may notice we are now asking people to subscribe to our website. We’d like to tell you a little bit about why we have introduced a digital subscription, and how to subscribe to our content.

Firstly, for most visitors our content will remain free. Some may describe what we have in places as a "metered paywall", which means that you will be able to read up to five articles per month for free. Some of our content, such as our buyer’s guides, doesn’t count towards that limit. And while our live racing blogs refresh with each update, this only counts as one article no matter how long you stay on the page.

After viewing five articles you will see a prompt to take out a digital subscription, at which point you can begin a trial discount, with your first month for just £1, $1 or €1. Or an active annual offer where you can benefit from two months free. 

That’s the how, and now for the why.

While our content has been free to read since the site was founded by Professor Bill Mitchell in 1995, it is not free to create. At Cyclingnews we invest considerably in our content. We have a large full-time team of expert journalists, alongside the very best freelance cycling writers, covering races and events across the world. Amongst our journalists are multiple award winning authors, and a multitude of writers with decades of experience in pro cycling and tech.

Advertising helps support our content, but we want to write for our readers, with our journalism supported by our audience.

We not only have one of the largest audiences in the world of cycling, but thousands flock to Cyclingnews consistently each day to keep up to date with the latest stories and features across racing and tech.

We would like to offer our readers even more - expanding into more exclusive content from major races, but also cover the small races that no other outlets consider. Alongside that, we want to share the voices of more expert columnists, alongside contributors such as Philippa York and Fabian Cancellara.

Your subscription will help us continue to deliver:

  • Comprehensive race coverage (results, reports, live races)
  • Breaking news
  • In-depth features, interviews, analysis
  • Blogs and diaries
  • Immersive photography
  • Pro tech
  • Expert reviews

So please join us on the journey, and become a member of Cyclingnews’ community.

Frequently Asked Questions

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If I subscribe to the monthly offer, how long am I tied into a contract?

You can cancel your monthly subscription at any time, you will then be able to enjoy access until the end of your last billing period. Subscriptions can be cancelled via our self service portal (details sent to you when you join) or via our customer service team 0330 333 1125 (Mon - Fri 9am - 5pm) or contact@magazinesdirect.com 

If I subscribe to the monthly offer can I cancel after the £1/ trial? 

Yes you can cancel at any time. If you cancel before your first scheduled payment you will still have access up until this date. 

If I subscribe to the annual offer, can I get a refund if I decide I no longer want access? 

No, if you take out the annual offer you are buying access to the site for one year. You can cancel at any time which will mean no further payment is taken but you'll continue to have access for the rest of the year you originally purchased.

How can I sign in to Cyclingnews?

You can access Cyclingnews via any digital device. When you first join you’ll create an account, when prompted, simply login using these credentials you created when you joined. Or you can select the sign in from the top right hand corner on any page of the Cyclingnews website. If you have forgotten your password, simply select the reset password option.

I’ve signed up, how long will my order take to process? 

Thank you for joining us. You’ll have instant access as soon as you join. Once you have placed your order, you will receive an immediate email confirmation from us. If this does not come through, please contact our customer care team at contact@magazinesdirect.com or +44(0)330 333 1113. Lines are open Monday- Friday, 9am-5pm, UK time.  To access Cyclingnews, return to https://www.cyclingnews.com and sign in via the in article prompt or the top right hand corner of a page to continue reading. 

When can I access Cyclingnews? Can I choose the start date?

Access will begin immediately.  Unfortunately you cannot defer your start date to a later time.

Can I still access content for free from Cyclingnews?

Yes, you can still view up to 5 articles on Cyclingnews within a 30-day period for free. However, if you want to view more then you will need to subscribe.

Your intro £1 offer looks great, but why should I subscribe for longer than a month? What will I get after that time?

Cyclingnews will continue to cover all the major sporting events during the coming months, with extensive cyclo-cross coverage from both sides of the Atlantic. Alongside our race reporting the site will expand the number of exclusive interviews and analysis pieces with a strong focus on the men’s and women’s WorldTour pelotons. As ever, the site will continue to be the first port of call for all breaking news from around the globe with complete and comprehensive coverage from every angle. On top of that, our tech team will continue to expand on our 370-plus tech and product reviews that cater for every level of athlete. 

I’ve signed up and am enjoying my subscription but why am I still seeing adverts? Surely as a paying subscriber I shouldn’t have to put up with so many adverts on the page? 

Thank you for subscribing to enjoy unlimited access to Cyclingnews. We really value all of our subscribers and want to offer you the best journalism, images and video possible. To do this we make our revenues to fund our content through a mix of advertising revenues and subscription revenues to bring you the best service possible and to ensure we are able to offer a sustainable business. 

Peter Stuart has been editor of Cyclingnews since March 2022, overseeing editorial output across all of Cyclingnews' digital touchpoints.


Before joining Cyclingnews, Peter was the digital editor of Rouleur magazine. Starting life as a freelance feature writer, with bylines in The Times and The Telegraph, he first entered cycling journalism in 2012, joining Cyclist magazine as staff writer. Peter has a background as an international rower, representing Great Britain at Under-23 level and at the Junior Rowing World Championships.