Case Study: UCI Yorkshire 2019 Para-Cycling International

WilkieTV and Cyclevox partnered in the late summer to offer a world-first, unprecedented coverage of the Yorkshire UCI Para-Cycling International. Shown on six giant LED screens, fan zones, VIP media centre and live streamed to viewers at home. The nine camera coverage included every start, finish and six races across 100km of Yorkshire countryside by deploying four motorbikes to track riders. The entire broadcast was remotely produced from WilkieTV's facilities in Surrey, just south of London.

Participants and crowds enjoy the UCI Para-Cycling International Participants and crowds enjoy the race start

Camera Operators could freely roam without worrying about RF range Camera Operators could freely roam without worrying about RF range

The UCI were delighted to be able to offer fans full coverage of the Yorkshire 2019 Para-Cycling International - by deploying Cyclevox, WilkieTV and their partners to deliver unprecedented coverage. The event, in September 2019, featured races from four start locations, with para athletes crossing the central finish line in Harrogate City Centre.

Using WilkieTV's remote production resources in Surrey, the team were able to remotely broadcast four races in full, and cover the start and finish of a further six. Leveraging the extensive 4G network across the 100km route around Yorkshire towns and countryside, the stream was broadcast entirely via remote production over 4G mobile encoders.


WilkieTV mapped the 4G network across the entire 100km route before providing a total of 9 LiveU units; four were fitted to motorbikes by their engineering team on-site and followed the action between towns across Yorkshire. Further units were supplied for cameras at the start lines, finish line and podium in Harrogate. A ninth unit was used at the Surrey MCR for uplinking to social media. WilkieTV's LiveU servers were bringing the feeds from each remote camera into a gallery where vision and sound was mixed. Live graphics and slow-mo replay using the NewTek 3Play were overlaid before the stream was sent for distribution.

Not only was the feed delivered online, it was also transmitted to six large LED screens across Yorkshire. Each LED screen truck was downlinking the feed in real-time, and receiving a full mixed feed of the main output. The UCI wanted to make sure fans at the start and finish lines were able to continue following the action once the races left (and before riders arrived at the finish), and so a screen was placed at each start town and multiple across the finish line, fan zone and VIP areas.

Finally, the feed was delivered to BBC Sport via an additional encoder at WilkieTV's facilities, allowing them to cut highlights in real time for their BBC One show the following day.

The live feed was transmitted back to large Sports Presentation LED Screens at the start and finish lines The live feed was transmitted back to large Sports Presentation LED Screens

The routes started from Beverley, Tadcaster and Wetherby before winding along 100km of Yorkshire countryside to the Harrogate Finish Line The routes started from Beverley, Tadcaster and Wetherby

"The days where a federation is required to spend thousands on a helicopter RF link and multiple broadcast trucks are rapidly diminishing as tech innovation advances, making way for sustainable remote production. Cyclevox and WilkieTV partnered for a world first, delivering moving camera feeds across 100km live to a remotely located MCR across the 4G network, without a single RF link in sight. Our solutions are bringing the cost of production down with the bonus of saving the planet at the same time."

Claire Wilkie, Managing Director, WilkieTV Ltd

Through innovative engineering and strategic planning, WilkieTV and Cyclevox were able to produce a ground-breaking sustainable and eco-centric broadcast.
 

The use of remote production allowed the number of crew travelling site to be dramatically reduced; with only camera operators, motorbike pilots, a producer and an engineer on-site. The rest of the team, including production, graphics, vision and sound were all back at the Surrey base.

Our fleet of LiveU LU600 Bonded Encoders prepped ready for the job Our fleet of LiveU LU600 Bonded Encoders prepped ready for the job

One of three start lines at the UCI Para-Cycling International One of three start positions

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