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How the Colorado Classic upended pro biking's program design
Fred Dreier
August 29, 2019
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The Colorado Standard developed a cost-cutting means to televise the race that upended professional biking's typical-- as well as costly-- broadcast version.
Rain gushed down as well as lightning snapped overhead as the professional peloton sloshed with the streets of Colorado Springs for the opening stage of the 2017 Colorado Standard.
Across the world, countless fans tuned in to the inaugural race's live television broadcast as well as were greeted by a confusing photo.
" I still remember this minute-- the TELEVISION cam was just focused on a shrub at the start line," claims Rob Simon, the principal advertising policeman for RPM Occasions Group, proprietor of the race. "That was the only thing they can obtain an image of. We're paying all of this money to be on TV, and also all we can see is a shrub."
For its inaugural version, the Colorado Standard was held together with a two-day rock concert, called Velorama, as well as the whole bundle was heavily promoted as a disruptive solution for professional cycling's organisation obstacles.
Yet the race still relied upon the typical design for television broadcast. The system, made use of at the Excursion de France and also Amgen Excursion of California, among other races, is prohibitively costly as well as infamously prone to poor weather condition. And also throughout the 2017 version, the program was often rinsed.
Memories of that wet day in Colorado Springs had an effective impact on RPM's monitoring group, and helped launch a years-long procedure to reimagine the race's real-time broadcast. Simon and also his staff took a look at brand-new and affordable technology for broadcasting real-time sports. They established a technique to conquer the shortcomings presented by the brand-new tech. And also ultimately, they bet on a live streaming model that ditched TV terminals altogether.
" We invested a lot of cash that first year to transmit it on [tv]-- we stuck with the old design as well as we weren't pleased with it," says Ken Gart, chairman of RPM Events Group. "In 2015 we made a decision to introduce with online streaming. As well as this year we took it an action further and also the top quality raised and also the costs dropped."
Currently, the lessons discovered by the RPM Occasions team could help more races manage online broadcast. While the race's rock show principle might have gone away, the Colorado Classic's tv design could really interfere with pro biking's organisation [url=][b]?????[/b][/url] design.

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