5 ways to avoid the royal wedding this weekend

There's plenty of great cycling on TV - and outdoors - to be had

In case you missed the news, this Saturday it’s the royal wedding in the United Kingdom. If you are looking to escape the incessant coverage of Prince Harry tying the knot with Meghan Markle, we’re here to help. Here are four great cycling events to watch this weekend, plus the old standby that hopefully you were going to do anyway.

1. Amgen Tour of California

The Tour of California concludes this weekend with stage 7 on Saturday.Currently, after five stages, Tejay van Garderen of BMC Racing Team tops the GC, and you can catch all of the action live on NBC from 3pm ET, with the last part of the stage live from 11pm BST on Eurosport.

If you're not a subscriber to Eurosport, UK readers can subscribe to Amazon Prime and then the Eurosport Player. Currently Amazon Prime is offering a 30-day free trial (£7.99 per motnh after trial) and a seven-day free trial on the Eurosport Player (£4.99 per month after trial).

If you want to access the Eurosport Player direct it's £6.99 per month or £29.99 a year, again with a seven-day free trial at the beginning of your subscription.

Alternatively, subscribe to the TVPlayer PLUS Lite package for just £5.99, which gives you access to the Eurosport 1 and 2 channels along with several others.

In the US if you don't have NBC you can subscribe to the NBC Sports Gold package as a standalone streaming service for $29.99. (A yearly subscription costs $39.99.) Alternatively, a FuboTV subscription also provides access to NBC Sports. The basic subscription costs $44.99 per month and the cycling channel add-on is $14.99.

The Amgen Women’s Tour is also taking place this weekend, but unfortunately there’s no live coverage, although you can keep up to date with the racing and results on Cyclingnews.

2. Giro d’Italia

Coverage of Stage 14 of the Giro will be live on Eurosport 1 and Eurosport Player from 12:00 BST this Saturday.

Racing will set off from San Vito Al Tagliamento and cover 186km before finishing in Monte Zoncolan.

Again, if you don't have Eurosport in the UK Amazon Prime has a free trial period for the Eurosport Player and in the US you can watch via a Fubo TV subscription.

3. Tour de l'Ain

Stage 2 of the Tour de l'Ain rolls out of Saint-Trivier-de-Courtes in France on Saturday.

Live coverage of the 150.9km race to Arbent is on Eurosport 1 and Eurosport Player from the very precise time of 13:27 BST.

4. XC MTB World Cup, Albstadt, Germany

Okay, so the Cross-Country World Cup doesn’t actually take place until Sunday, but why not go mountain biking yourself on the Saturday, or watch some of the pre-race coverage, and then tune in on the Sunday for all the live action on Red Bull TV live from 10am BST in the UK and at your local time on Red Bull TV in the US

5. Go out and ride your bike

Of course, the easiest way to avoid TV and the royal wedding altogether is to get out and ride your bike!

But, whatever you do this weekend, have fun.

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