Presteigne Broadcast Hire provided on-board coverage of the annual Six Days of Ghent cycling event, broadcast live on Eurosport and Belgian channel VRT last month.
The event, known for its tight, exacting tract, was held from 17-22 November at the Kuipke velodrome in Ghent, Belgium.
The images provided by Presteigne’s system were extensively mixed into the live programmes aired by VRT and Eurosport.
VRT director of TV sport Philippe Lombaerts said, “We observed the quality of coverage achieved by Presteigne’s live on-bike camera system during the recent six-day cycling event in London and decided it would be a good idea to try it in Ghent on the final day of the competition.
“The customisation by Presteigne enabled Vislink HeroCast wireless transmitters and GoPro cameras to be mounted just beneath the saddle of the bikes, which enabled us to deliver uninterrupted pictures and, more important, exciting viewing.”
HeroCast is Vislink’s smallest, lightest COFDM wireless transmitter and is designed for use with GoPro cameras. Further system and mounting customisation by Presteigne enabled the on-board package to conform to the rules and standards of professional cycling, and provide images without compromising the competitors.
Presteigne head of technology, David O’Carroll, said, “We planned for the event by ensuring that our system had the approval of the event organiser, Golazo Belgium, and Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI). Once that was secured, we rigged, tested, and operated the system live on the bikes of multiple competitive cyclists – including one of the eventual winners.”