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    Default UCI bans use of bike mounted cameras at AToC

    Has anyone seen and official release on this.
    Twitter is blowing up about it.

    Although i think on board cams are kinda hokey...i don't see any good reason to ban them.

    Consider:

    SRM head units
    Garmins
    Di2 battery packs

    what's the difference?
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    I do not understand this rulling either- IMHO, the camera's (as long as safly mounted) perspective is in line with that of the UCI's objective of marketing the sport.
     

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    Default Re: UCI bans use of bike mounted cameras at AToC

    Helmet mounted cam makes any "certified" helmet warranties void non?

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    Default Re: UCI bans use of bike mounted cameras at AToC

    hmmm.....no radios, no cameras....maybe to keep the payola from being documented?
     

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    Default Re: UCI bans use of bike mounted cameras at AToC

    Nice place to hide a motor?

    Maybe its all the custom mounts they are using to secure the devices? I personally wouldn't want another device strapped to my bike.
     

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    Default Re: UCI bans use of bike mounted cameras at AToC

    I was wondering if GoPro provided riders w/enough setitandforgetit memory to record the entire race, or if they were instructed to reach down and turn the cameras on at specific points of the race (final kms melee of course).
     

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    Maybe it has to do with TV rights. Versus probably has the rights to on-course video. If every rider could take video and own it, it might be hard to sign up a network.
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by Philster View Post
    Maybe it has to do with TV rights. Versus probably has the rights to on-course video. If every rider could take video and own it, it might be hard to sign up a network.
    they are not providing live feeds (yet)
    i kinda get that argument, but are they going to post signs all along the race course prohibiting cell phones, flip cams and the like?
    I'm more surprised that they got as many riders to say "okay" as they did.
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    Power corrupts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nierman View Post
    I was wondering if GoPro provided riders w/enough setitandforgetit memory to record the entire race, or if they were instructed to reach down and turn the cameras on at specific points of the race (final kms melee of course).
    Those things can hold a lot of footage. My friend has one that I don't think he emptied for an entire 4 days of riding - but he only filmed descents and it could be a different model.
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by velobran View Post
    Those things can hold a lot of footage. My friend has one that I don't think he emptied for an entire 4 days of riding - but he only filmed descents and it could be a different model.
    The current version of the camera cannot recognize more than a 32 GB SD card. At the second highest level of resolution ( still HD ) that will hold 5 hours of video. However, the camera battery will run for only about 2.5 hours, so for the full 32 GB card - two batteries.


    Of course if you end up with 32 GB of footage - you have one mother of a job ahead of you to edit it.
     

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    Default Re: UCI bans use of bike mounted cameras at AToC

    i thk the uci should boot any rider who:
    a. tells a joke and smiles when on the course or in the start tent
    b. laughs or smiles or talks to anyone on a different team
    c. says anything other that a uci prepared statement in press briefings ( horner booted for saying the uci sucks within 3 minutes of this rule )
    d. does anything to bring the sport closer to the people who like watching it cause of the fabulous scenery of the climbing stages

    its a serious sport and should be taken seriously
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    this is just too bad. I for one enjoyed seeing the view "from the bike". I'm with chance...amazed they got folks to agree int he first place. Now what we need is to have riders mic'd up so we can hear the grunting toward the line....
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by Philster View Post
    Maybe it has to do with TV rights. Versus probably has the rights to on-course video.
    If every rider could take video and own it, it might be hard to sign up a network.
    I think you're spot on.

    Likely any innovation like this would need to be part of the broadcasting package.
    This is nothing but an attempt to protect the commercial value of the TV rights.
    The UCI isn't going to let a precedent like this be set, it's about who has control
    of the rules that allows certain people to make money from the sport.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pdmtong View Post
    this is just too bad. I for one enjoyed seeing the view "from the bike". I'm with chance...amazed they got folks to agree int he first place. Now what we need is to have riders mic'd up so we can hear the grunting toward the line....
    Word.

    American Flyers is one amazingly bad movie, but I forgive the cheese when the on-bike footage revs up in the "Hell of the West" scenes. Seeing the AToC footage was kinda like getting that perspective without having to look at Kevin Costner.
     

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    Default Re: UCI bans use of bike mounted cameras at AToC

    I'm still seeing camera's mounted on bikes.
     

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    Default Re: UCI bans use of bike mounted cameras at AToC

    I'm wondering if it is a UCI control thing rather than VS or any other network. MotoGP bikes are equipped with cameras and I never really thought much about it, assume that MotoGP has the rights to control where and how that footage is used. Maybe the UCI would like to have total control to the use and distribution of this footage.

    It's not like they have a history of making sense in some of there decision making....
     

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    I would love to see the videos with HUD showing power, incline and HR info. That could be very interesting.
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    Default Re: UCI bans use of bike mounted cameras at AToC

    Quote Originally Posted by velobran View Post
    I'm still seeing camera's mounted on bikes.
    UCI allowed them for one more stage.
    Upon digging further it's more the fact that since it's a UCI race and they kinda like to know what's going on all they wanted was Messik and Medalist's crew to file papers (puke) with them stating that they were allowing a select # of riders to be equipped.
    too much power and oversight? yuup! but that's all they wanted.
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    Default Re: UCI bans use of bike mounted cameras at AToC

    GoPro Provides First On-Bike HD Footage for TV Production of the 2011 Amgen Tour of California


    Seems only fitting that gopro is the offical sponsor of a banned product at the AMGEN toc. i see a trend beginning at the TOC.
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