Video: On board Jens Voigt’s bike at the Tour of California

Shimano puts cameras on popular German rider’s bike as TV trial continues

by Simon_MacMichael   May 19, 2014  

Jens Voigt Shimano YouTube still

Our story last week about the UCI’s authorisation of a trial of on-bike video at the Tour of California, with video of John Degenkolb going for the sprint in Stage 1, got a lot of attention – and here’s another one featuring a German rider, crowd favourite Jens Voigt.

The popular Trek Factory Racing rider is midway through what will be his final season in the peloton, and here Shimano Sport Cameras capture the action front and rear from his bike.

Although the trial is in its infancy, we’re expecting to see a lot more footage like this, in line with UCI President Brian Cookson’s pledge to overhaul TV coverage of professional cycling, including putting cameras on bikes and in team cars to bring fans closer than ever to the action.

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Flippin ace, Jens is the man.

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posted by STATO [411 posts]
19th May 2014 - 12:07

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Jens is feaking awesome.

posted by mrchrispy [285 posts]
19th May 2014 - 12:13

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They need a technical solution to reduce the rock and roll when they are sprinting.

posted by jamtartman [33 posts]
19th May 2014 - 12:52

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Agreed, not reLly an issue for fat old blokes (like myself) but noticed it in the last couple of vids. A bit of post processing should sort it out.

posted by mrchrispy [285 posts]
19th May 2014 - 12:55

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Loved the Vid. Can anyone tell me the music/band used?

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posted by FATBEGGARONABIKE [584 posts]
19th May 2014 - 13:11

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jamtartman wrote:
They need a technical solution to reduce the rock and roll when they are sprinting.

No they don't, that's what happens when you're sprinting. Keep it real don't sanitise the footage just to make it look nice.

posted by usedtobefaster [90 posts]
19th May 2014 - 13:22

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jamtartman wrote:
They need a technical solution to reduce the rock and roll when they are sprinting.

Unless you mean the music, I disagree.

I prefer seeing the madness of the sprints, I'd also prefer to hear the shouts and screams of the riders.

posted by farrell [1406 posts]
19th May 2014 - 13:29

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more of this footage please!

very exciting to watch as it really gets you into the heart of the action

posted by hampstead_bandit [130 posts]
19th May 2014 - 13:50

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Unless you mean the music, I disagree.

They should have the music as an option, like if you're watching and you just want to push the awesome music button to take it that much further.

posted by Alexander Sallons [2 posts]
19th May 2014 - 13:55

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I've often wondered if any cyclists have ever had music played over their race radios?

I'd probably ask for some seriously loud Sepultura to kick in at a bunch sprint or use Pantera's 'Fucking Hostile' for a breakaway, getting the DS to time the "1, 2, 3, 4!" on the intro and use that as the signal to to launch.

I'm sure there are flaws with this idea in the real world, but are there any rules or regulations against it being done?

posted by farrell [1406 posts]
19th May 2014 - 14:41

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"BOOM! CRASH! SMASH! POW! DRUMS! BIKES! GUITARS! ZOOOOM!"

posted by Quince [131 posts]
19th May 2014 - 14:48

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Yes to ambient noise. No to motion sickness.

posted by jamtartman [33 posts]
19th May 2014 - 15:56

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Come on uci, this is awesome.

posted by lookmanohands [98 posts]
19th May 2014 - 16:51

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farrell wrote:
I've often wondered if any cyclists have ever had music played over their race radios?

I'd probably ask for some seriously loud Sepultura to kick in at a bunch sprint or use Pantera's 'Fucking Hostile' for a breakaway, getting the DS to time the "1, 2, 3, 4!" on the intro and use that as the signal to to launch.

I'm sure there are flaws with this idea in the real world, but are there any rules or regulations against it being done?


I know you're not allowed to use headphones on CTT events.

I reckon in the sprint then being able to hear is even more important than it is in traffic. Otherwise I would have Motorslug by Wiseblood.

posted by SteppenHerring [184 posts]
19th May 2014 - 19:34

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farrell wrote:
I've often wondered if any cyclists have ever had music played over their race radios?

I'd probably ask for some seriously loud Sepultura to kick in at a bunch sprint or use Pantera's 'Fucking Hostile' for a breakaway, getting the DS to time the "1, 2, 3, 4!" on the intro and use that as the signal to to launch.

I'm sure there are flaws with this idea in the real world, but are there any rules or regulations against it being done?

On a stage of the 2012 TdF there seemed to be a team car in front of the peloton blasting out Pixies Debaser.

posted by earth [71 posts]
19th May 2014 - 20:28

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farrell wrote:
I prefer seeing the madness of the sprints, I'd also prefer to hear the shouts and screams of the riders.

But that crazy side-to-side motion isn't at all what it's like when you're actually riding -- as you probably well know -- you throw the bike side to side from the bars, but your head stays fairly still. I think they should try and find a way to make it less extreme.

Would also love to see longer sections of races without the music and constant chopping/changing of the video. It's so impressive to watch the pros riding toward the end of a race in a big group going full tilt. It's insane how fast they can ride the last 5 miles after already riding 150+.

posted by adrianoconnor [42 posts]
19th May 2014 - 21:06

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If this is the way the UCI are going then its a +1 from me.
More on board real time images and telemetry will bring the peloton alive for viewers and expand interest in the sport

posted by arfa [486 posts]
19th May 2014 - 22:07

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I think Chris Froome had Prodigy Breathe playing down the race radio when he was on his awesome ascent of Ventoux last summer.

Also, this footage is SO GOOD! Did you see the onbike footage from the first stage sprint as well - awesome!

This is definitely a step in the right direction for the TV coverage!

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posted by botoxking [32 posts]
19th May 2014 - 22:12

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Fit the rear and front facing cameras on the riders helmets then that would sort the rocking motion.

Definitely the future though!

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posted by cinelli Dave [10 posts]
20th May 2014 - 20:23

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I was thinking bum-mounted cameras, but yes, head would work too...

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posted by chrisl [32 posts]
20th May 2014 - 22:58

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