One of the coolest aspect of this year’s Tour de France was the fact that the UCI allowed a limited use of on-board cameras during the racing. While we only got to see the results at the end of each day’s racing, it still provided a whole new insight into how the dynamics of a pro tour race play out inside the peloton. High speeds, joviality, yelling, bumping, crazy fans – it’s all there for us to see what it’s really like from the inside of the race. We’ve rounded up all of the footage that we could find for your enjoyment – it might make for a great trainer supercut when the weather keeps you inside!
First up is the most unusual video of this year’s race – Kevin Reza of Team Europcar picked up a spectator’s sports camera, while riding at 30 miles an hour, after it was knocked out of the fan’s grip and it clattered across the road! Reza then proceeded to take a quick tour of the peloton, before enventually handing it off to his team car (and eventually finding its way to its owner):
The Tour de France organizers did a great job of rounding up footage from multiple riders after most of the stages – while we can’t embed the videos here on the blog, check out these links to see all of the action: Stage 1, Stage 2, Stage 3, Stage 4, Stage 5:
Plus don’t forget that pro women cyclists were a part of this year’s Tour, tackling La Course by Le Tour de France on the Champs Elysees just hours before the men finished up. Here’s great on-board footage from Marianne Vos as took the sprint win:
And finally, just for fun, here’s one more look at the guy popping a wheelie next to Vincenzo Nibali and Team Astana during the final stage: