Tour of California Tech: ProTeam POV cameras

A look at the on-bike cameras some teams are using.

Amgen Tour of California tech report
Bert Grabsch's Venge is carrying a lot of technology, Shimano Di2 shifting, SRM wireless cranks and now a video camera. Photo: Nick Legan
NEVADA CITY, Calif. (VN) — Some mechanics may have grumbling a bit about mounting Go Pro video cameras to their team bikes, but Andrew Messick, President of AEG Sports, is enthusiastic about showing ATOC viewers “what bike racing looks like from inside the peloton.”

Thanks to a partnership between six teams, the Amgen Tour of California and Go Pro, the nightly Versus highlights will include on-bike video.

Each team will carry two cameras, one mounted on the handlebars, another mounted under the saddle facing backwards. Just who carries the cameras appears to be up to the teams. None of the GC favorites have had them installed.

Messick added that, “we’ll have up to 20 cameras, about 10 (on stage 2). We have HTC-Highroad, Garmin-Cervelo, Liquigas, Rabobank, RadioShack and Leopard-Trek on board. We are all partnering and letting the teams use some of the footage.”

UCI officials had not yet heard of the cameras. When VeloNews asked about whether the cameras would be included in the 6.8 kilogram UCI weight limit, officials said they weren’t weighing bikes on today’s stage. They then clarified that if the cameras were permanently fixed to the bikes and couldn’t be removed during the stage that they would consider them a part of the bike for the day.

So crafty mechanics will have their scales out in the coming days when the climbing starts. No need for a rider carrying a camera to be at a disadvantage!

Go Pro has really gone all out in mounting the cameras. HTC-Highroad’s Bert Grabsch and Danny Pate had them mounted to their saddle and handlebar respectively. Grabsch’s camera mount clipped into his fi’zi:k saddle (where fi’zi:k saddle bag and light accessories plug in) and Pate’s camera mount was integrated into his SRM display handlebar clamp.