Case Study: The Nocturne London Cycling Criterium

The Nocturne is a 1.2km, closed road cycling 'criterium' with a series of races over the course of the day and night, held in a central London location. The event is an established highlight of London's event calendar and has been running since 2007. It was held in Smithfield Market, Farringdon before moving in 2016 to the City of London. The event is the ultimate lifestyle festival, now taking place in the world's greatest cities. It combines the best of sport, fitness, fashion, music, food and drink that each city has to offer.

Riders gathered at the start for one of many races throughout the day Riders gathered at the start for one of many races throughout the day

The eight cameras were placed around the 1.2km City of London circuit The eight cameras were placed around the 1.2km City of London circuit

WilkieTV's client Cyclevox, a cycling PR and production company, tasked WilkieTV with delivering the race broadcast to both Facebook Live and Eurosport HD. Alongside this, two independent sports production packages delivered additional content, cameras and presenter feeds to the large LED screens provisioned at the race start/finish and VIP area.

Set against the urban backdrop of cosmopolitan London, the technical team of 8 delivered an 8-camera live production covering 10 hair-raising races around a 1.2km closed-road circuit nestled next to London St Paul's Cathedral. WilkieTV's strengths of solid, innovative engineering, outside broadcast and infrastructure distribution allowed for fast delivery within a short lead time; and working well alongside all contractors, site restrictions and local authority requirements.

Working alongside Cyclevox, WilkieTV used their recently launched 16 camera Outside Broadcast vehicle to provide all vision and broadcast infrastructure for the event. This included 14 two-way HD fiber links around the course, vision mixing, live slow-motion replay, full comms, encoding and satellite uplink for Facebook Live and RF camera links for a remote presenter. WilkieTV's vehicle also incorporated graphics support supplied by AE Graphics and integrated with Presteigne's Cobham RF system for the circuit's motorbike camera coverage. WilkieTV provided a full HD feed to Eurosport via Links Broadcast's Eutelsat uplink truck, plus full comms to/from MCR for timing and lineup.

"Producing cycle racing is a technically demanding exercise. At Cyclevox we have developed close working relationships with key partners over the last 10 years filming and producing live streams, live television and hundreds of highlights shows. The approach to the Rapha Nocturne required good orgnaisation, innovation and the ability to be flexible. Wilkie TV listened, worked with a changing brief and delivered. Our production crew were pleased to work with them. We all left after a successful production with a real sense of achievement of a job well done."

Anthony McCrossan, Founder, Cyclevox

"WilkieTV are very well placed to offer solid solutions for this scale of event. Being able to accommodate short lead times and scale up and down seamlessly for our clients allows us to offer exceptional flexibility and customer service. We can provide packages from a single camera interactive stream to social media, right through to multi-cam HD broadcast. This event was challenging, but we delivered an effective solution within a very tight time frame."

Claire Wilkie, Managing Director, WilkieTV Ltd

In addition to the WilkieTV OB vehicle, over 5km of tactical fiber was laid around the circuit linking all the cameras back to the OB, whilst providing feeds to two WilkieTV fly-away kits located at the Start/Finish and Guildhall Yard VIP area of the event. These local sub-mixes could feed the screens independently with timing graphics, race footage or local presenter cameras. This also allowed live interviews from one area to be shown around the course in real-time without impacting the broadcast feed.

The event covered a large and complex footprint, requiring detailed and calculated plans agreed well in advance with all local authorities. Communication across the event was key as WilkieTV had to first rig, then stream/broadcast for 7 hours before de-rigging completely all within a 20 hour period on-site.

Racing continued late into the night Racing continued late into the night

The 7 hour show was uplinked to Eurosport HD The 7 hour show was uplinked to Eurosport HD

At the heart of WilkieTV's capabilities on this event is their 16 Camera Outside Broadcast vehicle, bringing the latest in live streaming and broadcast technology to new and exciting markets. The vehicle was designed and built in-house, and is extremely capable for it’s size - a long wheelbase van. It features fiber inputs for long distance camera runs, audio and vision mixers, space for up to 5 operators and satellite uplink for live streaming anywhere across Europe.

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