Located in Whistler Resort, B.C. the Crankworx mountain bike competition is Canada’s biggest mountain bike event. Sea to Sky Cable Cam has operated at Crankworx for 2009, 2010, 2012 and 2013. The first year we set up a 500 foot cable cam from the Monster Energy tower half way up the course to a tower located at the finish line on the Kokanee box final jump. The second year we controlled from beside the judges, high up a tower that the riders were launching off 2 feet from us into 40 feet of air. 2012 we set up higher on course for the downhill race. A huge 700 foot straight away that included huge gap jumps and a fast pedal to the metal sprint. 2012 was such an amazing shot that we repeated it for 2013.
When operating any camera at a live event you have to show consistency and a centred frame for every competitor. For a cable cam crew this is quite the challenge as the camera moves down the course (sometimes up to 2000 feet and at 75km/hr) and you need to keep up to the rider (they unpredictably speed up and slow down) and operate pan and tilt, iris control, zoom and focus and all wireless. This is why cable cam is operated by two to three technicians unlike a jib boom that can be operated by one. This is where the Sea to Sky Cable Cam crew really shined.