The 2022 Commonwealth Games mountain biking gets underway at 11.30am BST today. The men's and women's races will be held in Cannock Chase Forest, where competitors will plunge into deep valleys and push through steep climbs in pursuit of gold. MTB fans can watch free coverage of the Commonwealth Games. Here's all you need to know on how to watch a 2022 Commonwealth Games mountain biking live stream from wherever you are in the world.
Date: Weds 3rd August 2022
Men's race: 11.30am BST / 6.30am ET / 8.30pm AEST
Women's race: 2pm BST / 9am ET / 11pm AEST
Location: Cannock Chase Forest, Birmingham
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India stream: Sony Sports Network (opens in new tab)
Birmingham 2022 marks the fifth time that mountain biking has been included in the Commonwealth Games. Around 2,500 spectators are expected at this year's sold-out event, so you're best off watching online, on TV, or on your mobile.
The 26-strong men's field will set off at 11.30am BST. England's Harry Birchill, crowned Under-23 cross country champion at last July’s National Championships, will be hoping for a good finish – as will Scottish Junior World Champion Charlie Aldridge.
The 8-strong women's field race sets off at 2pm BST. Evie Richards, a World Champion thanks to her win at 2021's UCI MTB XCO World Championships, will be up against the likes of three-time Aussie national champion Zoe Cuthbert.
The medal ceremonies are expected around 4pm BST. Here's an official map of the course (opens in new tab). Make sure you know how to watch a Commonwealth Games mountain biking live stream from wherever you are.
Free Commonwealth Games mountain biking live streams
Here are the best free mountain biking live streams:
Gold: UK fans can watch more than 200 hours of the 2022 Commonwealth Games live and in full on BBC iPlayer (opens in new tab).
Silver: Aussie viewers can stream coverage of the 2022 Commonwealth Games on 7plus (opens in new tab), including 30 live and replay channels.
Bronze: Canadians can watch free coverage on CBC (opens in new tab), including six daily streaming feeds.
Stuck outside the UK, Australia or Canada? Simply use a use a VPN (opens in new tab) to watch your local stream from abroad, without being blocked. We recommend ExpressVPN (opens in new tab) as it comes with a risk-free 30-day money-back guarantee.
Watch the Commonwealth Games 2022 free from abroad using a VPN
Even if you have subscribed to the relevant Commonwealth Games 2022 rights holders, you won't be able to access your local stream when outside your own country. The service will know your location based on your IP address, and will automatically block your access.
A Virtual Private Network (VPN) helps you get around this obstacle. It creates a private connection between your device and the internet, so you can watch from abroad and save money!
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How to use a VPN for the Commonwealth Games 2022
Using a VPN to watch the mountain biking is incredibly simple:
1. Install the VPN of your choice. ExpressVPN is the one we recommend (opens in new tab).
2. Open up the VPN app and choose the location of the service you wish to access. UK nationals may wish to choose 'UK' to access BBC iPlayer when travelling abroad.
3. Then head over to BBC iPlayer on your browser or device and enjoy the free Commonwealth Games mountain biking live stream!
Commonwealth Games 2022 schedule
Badminton: Friday, July 29–Monday, August 8
Basketball and Wheelchair Basketball: Friday, July 29–Tuesday, August 2
Beach Volleyball: Saturday, July 30–Sunday, August 7
Boxing: Friday, July 29–Thursday, August 4; Saturday, August 6–Sunday, August 7
Cricket: Friday, July 29--Sunday, July 31; Tuesday, August 2–Thursday, August 4; Saturday, August 6–Sunday, August 7
Cycling–Mountain Bike: Wednesday, August 3
Cycling–Road Race: Sunday, August 7
Cycling–Time Trial: Thursday, August 4
Cycling–Track & Para Track: Friday, July 29–Monday, August 1
Diving: Thursday, August 4–Monday, August 8
Gymnastics–Artistic: Friday, July 29–Tuesday, August 2
Gymnastics–Rhythmic: Thursday, August 4–Saturday, August 6
Hockey: Friday, July 29–Monday, August 8
Judo: Monday, August 1–Wednesday, August 3
Lawn Bowls and Para Lawn Bowls: Friday, July 29–Saturday, August 6
Marathon: Saturday, July 30
Netball: Friday, July 29–Sunday, August 7
Para Powerlifting: Thursday, August 4
Rugby Sevens: Friday, July 29–Sunday, July 31
Squash: Friday, July 29–Monday, August 8
Swimming and Para Swimming: Friday, July 29–Wednesday, August 3
Table Tennis and Para Table Tennis: Friday, July 29–Monday, August 8
Triathlon and Para Triathlon: Friday, July 29; Sunday, July 31
Weightlifting: Saturday, July 30–Wednesday, August 3
Wrestling: Friday, August 5–Saturday, August 6
USA: Commonwealth Games 2022 live stream
It looks like the 2022 Commonwealth Games is yet to find a broadcast home in the States.
If it does show up anywhere, we'd expect it to be on Olympic broadcaster NBC. No cable? You can watch NBC online using cable replacement service Sling TV (opens in new tab).
UK viewers who find themselves abroad this week can use a VPN to watch a free Commonwealth Games mountain biking live stream on BBC iPlayer from the States. (opens in new tab)
India: Commonwealth Games 2022 live stream
Sony Pictures Sports Network (opens in new tab) is the place to find a Commonwealth Games 2022 live stream in India. Subscription costs from Rs 299 a month.
UK viewers who find themselves abroad this week can use a VPN to watch a free Commonwealth Games mountain biking live stream on BBC iPlayer from India (opens in new tab).
NZ: Commonwealth Games 2022 live stream
Sky NZ has the exclusive rights the Commonwealth Games 2022 in New Zealand.
UK viewers who find themselves abroad this week can use a VPN to watch a free Commonwealth Games live stream on BBC iPlayer from New Zealand. (opens in new tab)