Video: What happens when a TV helicopter gets a bit too close to a bike race?

This chopper pilot got a bit carried away in pursuit of a great shot

by John Stevenson   August 13, 2013  

A TV crew attempts to apprehend a rogue helicopter (CC licensed by pennstatenews:Flickr)

As if hazardous street furniture, fans getting in the way on climbs, and the occassional badly-driven car weren't all enough to contend with, these riders at the Vuelta a Burgos had a TV helicopter get a bit too low.

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Helicopter incident at 44.25 onwards.

posted by fatsimonstan [39 posts]
13th August 2013 - 13:27

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it still looked quite high up the draught must bee amazing to blow them off course.

posted by billyman [129 posts]
13th August 2013 - 13:41

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I'm sure it's not the first time they've been blown off by someone with a big chopper.

posted by thelimopit [118 posts]
13th August 2013 - 13:47

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Hahahaha! Awesome

Chiggety check yourself before you wreck yourself

posted by therealsmallboy [89 posts]
13th August 2013 - 14:03

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billyman wrote:
it still looked quite high up the draught must bee amazing to blow them off course.

It's because the pilot had to change the pitch of the rotor and put more of an angle of attack into the blades to stop and hover. And, since he was right over the cyclists at the time, whoomp, there they go!

Just thought you might like to know.... Nerd

posted by Jimbonic [111 posts]
13th August 2013 - 19:20

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Didn't Moser use a helicopter to win the Giro Thinking

posted by Decster [246 posts]
13th August 2013 - 19:21

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LOL, what an anticlimax of a finish.

posted by dogcc [124 posts]
13th August 2013 - 19:33

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posted by minnellium [79 posts]
13th August 2013 - 20:05

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Anything to win! Hover helicopters over your competition!

posted by TeamCC [146 posts]
13th August 2013 - 21:13

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I don't want to be picky, but: The heli covering the race is a Eurocopter and the one being "apprehended" is a Robinson...Two completely different choppers. A Robinson couldn't cut my grass if it tried....the Eurocopter is gas-turbine and a far more powerful. Just saying. Cool

posted by ag_hind [9 posts]
14th August 2013 - 0:14

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No fair: a Robinson crashing and burning would do a fine job of your grass!

Gerard the Kiwi

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posted by GerardR [86 posts]
14th August 2013 - 6:18

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ag_hind wrote:
I don't want to be picky, but...

Fine job of being picky anyway Smile

They're not meant to be the same, I just used a pic of a helicopter that I could make a bit of a joke about, as I am sure you realise. The alternative was a lousy screenshot of a 360p video.

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posted by John Stevenson [1242 posts]
14th August 2013 - 7:30

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