Caliber gets crowds closer to the action at Tour de France Grand Depart
While more than five million fans lined the roads of Yorkshire for the opening weekend of the 2014 Tour de France, relatively few got close to the action itself. For those who could not, help was at hand in the form of large LED screens powered by LEDView image-scaling technology from Calibre UK. The key screens were supplied by two companies – Lightmedia and Big TV – who specified Calibre’s LEDView530 as their large-display image scaler for the Grand Depart.
Lightmedia supplied 19 LED screens along the route of the two opening stages from Leeds to Harrogate and from York to Sheffield, with many of them acting as the visual centrepiece for official Tour de France fan parks.
Big TV head technician Simon Woodcock says: “We went down to Yorkshire fresh from Edinburgh Festival and provided LED screens to various areas on the opening weekend, including Skipton, York and Leeds. The new ‘SkyFly’ mobile LED screen wowed crowds and we also providedscreens for a number of private events and parties in Yorkshire as well.
PaulineBrooksbank, Managing Director, Calibre UK, said: “As a Yorkshire company ourselves, we were delighted and extremely proud to have supplied LEDView530 units to power so many LED screens along the route of our county’s Grand Depart. This unforgettable weekend was not just a celebration of cycling but a unique opportunity for local people to experience a sporting event they had never come so close to before.”