Last week is a blur of travel. Air, land, and over water, we had it all. From Drenthe the team went right to Mallorca for media camp, then directly to Italy for Trofeo Binda. Let me break the blur down for you.
Media camp is an annual event put on by team sponsor Wiggle. It’s their chance to meet the team, do interviews, and get photos and video footage that they can use throughout the year. For the staff, we had our own brief photo session and attended a few interesting presentations, but mostly for us it was a chance to share a poolside lunch in the sun and have long chats over all-inclusive beers.
We followed the team out on training rides, but I wasn’t allowed to film much. Wiggle had their own photography director and film crew. We were not to ruin their shots by hanging out of car windows with our cameras.
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Ronde van Drenthe was the start of a two week road trip. I flew to Belgium then rode in the team camper to Holland. The schedule for the team was the same as last week, two days of course recon before the Saturday race.
On Thursday the team was scouting the last 100km of the race route, including the VAMberg and some of the longer narrow cobble sections. The weather was the typical Dutch fare with cold rain and lots of strong winds. I was finally able to get some good filming done from the car. Filming from a stationary spot on the road is usually all I am able to do, but this doesn’t give the best imagery. I was super happy to get some long continuous shots of the team riding together.
Over the next two days, I made a recon video with rainy gritty slow motion shots and some nice interviews.
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Strade Bianche is a fascinating race. Glorious countryside, allure of the white roads, brutal steep gravel climbs and nasty spring weather assure plenty of drama. The finish line in Siena is always electric with anticipation. The very first Women’s World Tour race of the season didn’t disappoint.
My days on site with Wiggle High5 started last Wednesday. I picked up one of the riders at the airport, then drove down to Siena in the evening. Thursday morning began the team’s official course recon. I followed the team by car, filming where possible. The narrow roads made it challenging to stay ahead of the riders. After stopping to film the team riding past, it was another long while before I could safely get back in front of them again.
Not coming away with the best ride footage, I tried to focus on filming sponsor material. Muc-Off seemed like an appropriate sponsor to focus on.
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Exactly one year ago, I wrote some career goals down on a piece of paper. In top position on that list was to create video content for women’s pro cycling. This was a super big scary goal and I had no idea how to make it a reality.
Creating videos started out as a hobby 2 years ago. I followed my Italian friends around to their triathlon races and started filming them. Then I started filming absolutely everything. Races, food festivals, my city, my travels. I took a travel filmmaking course. I even started vlogging, which was completely goofy! People slowly started commenting that I had a keen eye for capturing the emotion of athletes and races.
Suddenly in late September I had the realisation that if I really wanted to be filming women’s cycling, I actually had to go out and film women’s cycling. It sounds pretty darn obvious, doesn’t it?
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