2016 Rio Olympics Cycling Road Race

The cycling events at the 2016 Rio Olympics got off to an exciting and occasionally treacherous start with the men’s and women’s road races that blazed up, down, and around Rio de Janeiro and the surrounding area. The men’s race was more than 241 km long; the women’s clocked in at 137 km. And, once again, RF technology played a key role in covering the action. Five motorbikes carried handheld-camera operators, two helicopters with RF cameras provided overhead shots, and two automobiles were also used. The automobiles bore two cameras: on the roof was a gyrostabilized camera that could be raised and lowered, and another a camera was on the back. The automobile also had the ability to record (and transmit) a third super-slo-mo feed. Another feature on the automobiles was the ability to have an operator take the camera off the back, stand 100 meters away, and transmit a signal to the automobile, which would act as a relay and send the signal to the plane. That gives an additional level of flexibility to productions that rely on the RF cameras.