Inside The Tours
Each year, the three cycling events that make up the European Grand Tour – the Tour de France, Giro d'Italia and La Vuelta attract a global television audience of more than 100 million. The annual events are regarded as the pinnacle of road race cycling, and have transcended the traditional lycra-clad audience to become a must-watch event for people from all walks of life. The expert television coverage that delivers three weeks of spectacular scenery and two-wheeled thrills and spills has become a mix of tourism, sport and entertainment rolled into a moving kaleidoscope of colour.
Yamaha Motor Europe supplies a fleet of motorcycles for these events as well as a host of related events. At any point in the television coverage, it would be hard not to spot a Yamaha motorcycle, and those watching can't help but marvel at the skills and daring of the motorcycle riders.
The goal of the Yamaha-mounted riders is to get as close to the action as possible without impacting the race - it does not always go to plan. Medical assistance, communication, mechanics, and race coordination are all motorcycle-mounted, jockeying for the best position as the peloton roars along at 50-70km/h.
Yamaha Motor Europe recently released a collection of three short films, Inside The Tours, providing an opportunity to see the three major European races through the eyes of the Yamaha-mounted riders who mix it with the peloton.
Tour de France
"When I arrived, it was carnage; entangled bicycles and cars in all directions." Jerome - Regulator.
Five Niken riders - known as Regulators - Jerome, Serge, Vincent, Francois, and Thiery take us inside the world’s most prestigious bicycle event. First held in 1903, the three-week road race attracts a staggering 25 per cent of the television audience in France and 25 million viewers worldwide. Inside The Tour Episode 1 reveals how the Regulators handle the stress of being in the thick of the action - sometimes it gets too close. Watch the short film
"Hold on tight, because it's going to be very fast." Mario - RCS
Mario Zaccehti and Luca Nagini are two RCS riders tasked with carrying Race Controllers during the Giro d'Italia. Like the Tour de France the Giro d'Italia has a century of history behind it - first held in 1909. In Episode 2 of Inside The Tours The Niken-mounted RCS riders reveal why their role is so important, and why it's not for the faint-hearted. Watch the short film.
"After 21 days of getting to know each other, we end up forging a great friendship." Israel - Media Moto
Israel, Juan, and Javier are three Media Moto riders responsible for injecting the media into the thick of the action. The La Vuelta is Spain's answer to the Tour de France and the Giro d'Italia. The race was first held in 1935 and quickly became the third jewel in cycling's prestigious Grand Tour triple-crown. Episode 3 of Inside The Tours puts the spotlight on the riders responsible for putting television viewers into the peloton. Watch the short film.