Ever wondered what it’s like to go out motor-pacing with a pro rider? A unique video of BMC Racing‘s Manuel Quinziato out training has been posted online with a rotatable 360° view – so the viewer can control exactly what they are looking at.
By simply clicking on the video window and dragging your mouse or trackpad, you can rotate the view. Look behind you, and you see Quinziato riding along on his BMC team bike. Look in front, and you see the motorbike. Or you can simply enjoy the countryside as it passes by either side.
The high definition video was created by 3D specialists SMART3K, with the 360° camera mounted on the back of the motorbike. The effect is that you get a point of view floating in mid-air just behind the moto.
Thirty-six-year-old Italian Quinziato enjoyed a fruitful season with BMC Racing in 2015, where he was a key player in the American squad’s team time trial success. He was part of their winning TTT line-ups for the Criterium du Dauphine, Tour de France stage nine and the world championships TTT.
In addition, Quinziato took a solo win on stage seven of the Eneco Tour – his first individual victory since 2008.
As camera technology swiftly advances, on-bike shots from the perspective of the rider are becoming more commonplace. Throughout the 2015 season, team organisation Velon published video highlights from key races taken from on-board cameras, giving an insight to the inner workings of the peloton.
Next season we should see live on-bike footage, broadcast from within the peloton as it happens.