2014 was the year that pro-cycling teams really started to use video to engage their fans. It’s finally allowed them to fit into a world where everything gets GoPro-d. Sport, weather, human interaction, animals, you name it, everything now has a GoPro vantage point from which to watch. But it’s not just on-board cameras and GoPro adventures that let us get closer to the action in 2014. More and more pro teams started to use videos to give an insight backstage, which is always good for the fans.
Below are my four favourite video snippets from the year that was:
The Zoncolan is one of the ultimate tests of cycling prowess. And whilst Michael Rogers was blazing a trail up ahead and winning the day for Tinkoff-Saxo, another Australian Michael (Hepburn) was a little further down the way plodding through the motions to get to the top. At least, he was, until Matt White and Dan Jones (who makes the most fantastic cycling sneak peeks around in the form of Orica GreenEDGE Backstage Pass videos) rolled up in an team car and gave him the biggest boost a dropped cyclist could want: tuuuuuuuuunes.
Best part: Heppy head-bopping to U Can’t Touch This and riding ‘the horses’ so artfully
Kévin Reza turned one fan’s day from a bit crap – when he had his helmet cam knocked to the ground by a rider’s elbow – to pretty damn special. In an impressive show of dexterity Reza scooped up the fallen camera at speed and took us all on a magical (albeit mostly upside down) ride through the inside of the peleton before passing it onto bemused Team Europcar staff.
Best part: other cyclists’ reaction: laughter. Lots and lots of laughter. And waving.
3. Team Sky Stage 3 Tour de France bike cam video
I actually prefer watching this with the sound off as the weird 90s drum and bass track they’ve laid over the footage is a little trippy. But the video itself is a great little insight into Team Sky on those early stages. It’s got everything: Chris Froome looking terrified, rain-soaked British roads on the run in to London, and a peleton-view of the crowds that lined the street (plus a Team Sky rider moving very fast to get out of the way of them).
Best part: the first twenty seconds where Richie Porte is videoed talking to everything and everyone
4. John Degenkolb’s sprint at the Tour of California
Pretty self explanatory.
Best part: speeeeeeed
~ Does anyone have any great videos from 2014 to add to the list? Disclaimer: all rights with those who own the videos!