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In first legal year at race, Shimano and Garmin cameras abound

For the first time in Tour de France history, race organizers have allowed action video cameras to be mounted on riders’ bikes — and Shimano is leaping at the opportunity.

Shimano CM-1000 cameras are mounted on bikes for Bianchi, Lampre-Merida, Orica-GreenEdge and, not surprisingly, Giant-Shimano. Team Cannondale had the Garmin Virb video camera on a couple of bikes with the Garmin logo covered over.

Lampre-Merida rider José Rodolfo Serpa said Shimano had asked that each team sponsored by the Japanese component maker install cameras on two riders’ bikes.

BikeRadar asked Shimano about the camera's use, but only received a stonewall response: "Shimano cannot comment on use of its cameras at the Tour de France," Shimano spokesman Eric Doyne said.

Exciting race footage shot from the unique, inside-the-peloton perspective has gained a fair amount of attention on YouTube with videos like the one below.

The CM-1000 is an ANT+ and WiFi so it can connect with Shimano’s new Di2 transmitter, power meters, smartphones and more. One benefit of this interconnectivity for viewers is the ability to embed a rider’s data, such as wattage and heart rate, into the video footage, so when a rider sprints full out you can see the numbers of which professionals are capable.

With an f2.0 lens, the Shimano camera records in 1080 HD, with 135- and 180-degree lens options built in.

Ben Delaney

US Editor-in-Chief
Ben has been writing about bikes since 2000, covering everything from the Tour de France to Asian manufacturing to kids' bikes. The former editor-in-chief of VeloNews, he began racing in college while getting a journalism degree at the University of New Mexico. Based in the cycling-crazed city of Boulder, Colorado, with his wife and two kids, Ben enjoys riding most every day.
  • Discipline: Road (paved or otherwise), cyclocross and sometimes mountain. His tri-curious phase seems to have passed, thankfully
  • Preferred Terrain: Quiet mountain roads leading to places unknown
  • Current Bikes: Scott Foil Team, Trek Boone 5, Specialized S-Works Tarmac SL4, Marinoni fixed gear, Santa Cruz Roadster TT bike
  • Dream Bike: A BMC Teammachine SLR01 with disc brakes and clearance for 30mm tires (doesn't yet exist)
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  • Location: Boulder, CO, USA

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