Inside the world of cycling’s betting tipsters

Betting on bike races is becoming big business. We talk to some of the main online tipsters to get the inside story

(Image credit: Chris Catchpole)

On a sunny day in Wallonia in 2014 Michał Kwiatkowski launches his bid for Flèche Wallonne glory up the Mur de Huy’s final steep ramp. He is out of the saddle and opens a gap. He sits down briefly as Irishman Dan Martin comes around to take the lead, victory agonisingly close, but mere metres later Alejandro Valverde blasts past on the other side of the road. He distances the other two, extends his arms and blows a kiss to the sky as Martin leads home the peloton in a surprisingly neat single file.

It was an exciting finish and if you watched it, that’s how you would likely remember the 2014 edition of the race. Unless you are Scottish maths teacher David Hunter, known to the public by his Twitter handle cyclingmole — one of the biggest cycling betting tipsters online. He wasn’t watching the front of the race. His eyes were fixed on the green Belkin jersey of Bauke Mollema.

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Having trained as a journalist at Cardiff University I spent eight years working as a business journalist covering everything from social care, to construction to the legal profession and riding my bike at the weekends and evenings. When a friend told me Cycling Weekly was looking for a news editor, I didn't give myself much chance of landing the role, but I did and joined the publication in 2016. Since then I've covered Tours de France, World Championships, hour records, spring classics and races in the Middle East. On top of that, since becoming features editor in 2017 I've also been lucky enough to get myself sent to ride my bike for magazine pieces in Portugal and across the UK. They've all been fun but I have an enduring passion for covering the national track championships. It might not be the most glamorous but it's got a real community feeling to it.