This season has been the year of on-bike footage, with small GoPro cameras mounted on handlebars and under saddles facing backwards giving a unique video insight into a rider’s view of the action.
Team organisation Velon has been responsible for capturing, editing and publishing the footage, and it has just produced a two-minute video of the year’s best moments.
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On-bike footage gives the viewer a chance to witness the inner workings of the peloton, clearly showing the speed that riders travel and how they communicate with each other.
Some of the footage has also captured the risks that riders take, and the end result when it goes wrong.
Crashes within the bunch are dramatic as a domino effect causes swathes of the bunch to end up on the tarmac. You also get to see the claustrophobic atmosphere of fan-packed climbs, where spectators literally rub shoulders with the stars.
The 2015 compilation video also includes some footage shot from the roadside and team cars, showing the mechanics at work and the reaction of team staff when a rider wins.
According to Velon, its 2015 videos reached 3.3 million Facebook fans via its member teams and generated an impressive 11 million video views.
There are plans for Velon to provide live on-bike footage from races for 2016, which will be broadcast as it happens.
Eleven WorldTour teams are members of Velon: BMC Racing, Etixx-QuickStep, Lampre-Merida, Lotto-Soudal, Orica-GreenEdge, Cannondale-Garmin, Giant-Alpecin, LottoNL-Jumbo, Team Sky, Tinkoff-Saxo and Trek Factory Racing.
Velon was formed at the end of the 2014 season, with the aim of creating greater stability within the sport by providing more commercial and marketing opportunities for pro cycling teams and their riders.