Combining three of our favourite things, the Tour of Britain, Sean Kelly and 360-degree videos, Chain Reaction Cycles give us a look at one of the race’s most thrilling descents.
With the peloton racing between Denbigh and Builth Wells on stage four, riders will take on the downhill section between Bala and Llangynog, where speeds approaching 80kph won’t be uncommon for the professionals.
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King Kelly might not reach such speeds in the video, but the interactive 360-degree shots give us a great view of the stunning countryside, with the Classics legend giving an excellent running commentary of what to expect on the descent.
The interactive video allows you to view any angle of the ride you want, either looking ahead at the road that the riders are travelling, or gazing lovingly into Sean Kelly’s eyes – the choice is endless. Simply click and drag your mouse or rotate your phone to choose a different angle
“Wow, the Tour of Britain riders are in for a treat with this descent, which makes up what looks like should be a brutal day in the saddle,” Kelly said.
“I’ve been filmed many times riding my bike, but this is the first time I’ve ever ridden with a 360° camera rig on the bike. It’s a really neat idea and gives you a whole new perspective on what the pros will experience on the day, and the kind of epic scenery the Tour of Britain, and particularly Wales, serves up. I hope everyone enjoys the ride.”
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Route director Andy Hawes said of the descent off the back of the second KOM section of the day: “Dropping 187m over 3.6km, not only is it a beautiful setting, but it should also provide for some high speed efforts from the world’s best riders – and this video featuring one of the sport’s greatest ever riders gives us all a flavour of what’s to come.”