Colorado Springs News, Sports & Business

Gazette Premium Content Live streaming of Hill Climb race is among other amenities

by BROOKE PRYOR brooke.pryor@gazette.com - Published: June 22, 2013

Three years ago, the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb was broadcast over the Internet for the world to watch via live stream and received 8 million hits.

For this year's 91st running of the race June 30, Red Bull is stepping in to give the production a boost.

"They're coming in and providing a satellite truck and assets to really help make this live stream go from decent to good," said Megan Leatham, executive director of operations of the Hill Climb. "That's the goal this year. We have numerous technical challenges, obviously, with the live stream with just the way Pikes Peak is set up and Internet and satellites and all those things."

The live stream will be available on RedBull.TV and is free to the public. In order to make the live stream possible, Peak Internet will provide services on race day.

Red Bull and the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb have a long-standing partnership. The company also sponsors many competitors - including Rhys Millien and nine-time World Rally champion Sebastien Loeb.

In addition to a video feed, Dan Cochell, race veteran and radio personality, will voice the live stream, and Chris Shearer of Shearer Brilliance will produce the show.

There will be cameras at the start line, 16-mile marker and at the summit. And, for the first time, images from a camera in a helicopter circling overhead will be used in the live stream. In the past, the helicopter camera has captured footage that was downloaded after the race.

"A helicopter is going to be carrying a $30,000 piece of equipment that can beam down the aerial shots of live video streaming," PPIHC chairman Tom Osborne said. "So the whole world is going to see Pikes Peak and Colorado Springs via this piece of equipment that RedBull is providing for us."

But RedBull's involvement isn't limited to race day. At Fan Fest in downtown Colorado Springs on June 28, the company will provide entertainment for the more than 30,000 expected fans.

The Red Bull motorcycle jumpers will make their annual appearance, and for the second year, the troupe of Red Bull skydivers will also perform.

"We have big ramps set up and the jumpers, every hour and a half, come in and do flips and whatnot," Leatham said. "The skydivers actually, I do not know how they fit, but they come and they land on Tejon Street on the ramps that the RedBull jumpers use."

Four days before the high-flying antics of Red Bull's stuntmen on Tejon Street, Monday's Scion Inspection Day will give fans and spectators a chance to see all the cars and drivers while the vehicles are inspected for safety and rules compliance. Friday's Fan Fest will put all of the top qualifiers on display with their cars.

And on June 30, the festivities fueled by Red Bull and other sponsors will reach a climax at the 91st running of the event.

Three years ago, the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb was broadcast over the Internet for the world to watch via live stream and received 8 million hits.

For this year's 91st running of the race June 30, Red Bull is stepping in to give the production a boost.

"They're coming in and providing a satellite truck and assets to really help make this live stream go from decent to good," said Megan Leatham, executive director of operations of the Hill Climb. "That's the goal this year. We have numerous technical challenges, obviously, with the live stream with just the way Pikes Peak is set up and Internet and satellites and all those things."

The live stream will be available on RedBull.TV and is free to the public. In order to make the live stream possible, Peak Internet will provide services on race day.

Red Bull and the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb have a long-standing partnership. The company also sponsors many competitors - including Rhys Millien and nine-time World Rally champion Sebastien Loeb.

In addition to a video feed, Dan Cochell, race veteran and radio personality, will voice the live stream, and Chris Shearer of Shearer Brilliance will produce the show.

There will be cameras at the start line, 16-mile marker and at the summit. And, for the first time, images from a camera in a helicopter circling overhead will be used in the live stream. In the past, the helicopter camera has captured footage that was downloaded after the race.

"A helicopter is going to be carrying a $30,000 piece of equipment that can beam down the aerial shots of live video streaming," PPIHC chairman Tom Osborne said. "So the whole world is going to see Pikes Peak and Colorado Springs via this piece of equipment that RedBull is providing for us."

But RedBull's involvement isn't limited to race day. At Fan Fest in downtown Colorado Springs on June 28, the company will provide entertainment for the more than 30,000 expected fans.

The Red Bull motorcycle jumpers will make their annual appearance, and for the second year, the troupe of Red Bull skydivers will also perform.

"We have big ramps set up and the jumpers, every hour and a half, come in and do flips and whatnot," Leatham said. "The skydivers actually, I do not know how they fit, but they come and they land on Tejon Street on the ramps that the RedBull jumpers use."

Four days before the high-flying antics of Red Bull's stuntmen on Tejon Street, Monday's Scion Inspection Day will give fans and spectators a chance to see all the cars and drivers while the vehicles are inspected for safety and rules compliance. Friday's Fan Fest will put all of the top qualifiers on display with their cars.

And on June 30, the festivities fueled by Red Bull and other sponsors will reach a climax at the 91st running of the event.

Comment Policy

Our commenting system has changed. Please register or login with your gazette.com account to comment on a story. Click here for information.

You've reached your 4 FREE premium stories this month

Get 4 more FREE stories

Simply register to continue.

Register

Subscribe now

Get access unlimited access to premium stories.

Subscribe
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement
OCT
23
OCT
24
OCT
25
OCT
26
OCT
27
OCT
28
OCT
29
OCT
30
OCT
31
NOV
1
NOV
2
NOV
3
NOV
4
NOV
5
Advertisement