Now You Can Follow the Downhill Action Online
Home-made soapbox carts will reach superfast speeds at the annual Belchford Downhill Challenge this weekend.
Unfortunately, broadband Internet speeds in many parts of Lincolnshire are not nearly so
fast, which is why OnLincolnshire will be at Belchford this year to showcase the benefits of digital technology and superfast broadband Internet access.
Spectators at the downhill race, which takes place at Belchford near Horncastle on Sunday September 16, will be able to watch footage of the action on interactive leaderboards and on iPads in a media marquee set up specially for the event. With the added technology, spectators at the bottom of the course can easily keep up with what’s happening at the top of the hill.
Those who can’t attend the downhill race can follow the action online: there will be regular tweets with links to photos, video footage of the racing hosted on YouTube and interviews with drivers, mechanics and organisers.
On-board cameras will give viewers a hair-raising sense of what it’s like to race down the course at speeds of up to 50mph, and the event will be filmed in 3D.
This project, which is working to bring the event to a worldwide audience, is part-funded by the East Midlands European Regional Development Fund and is part of the £57 million council-led OnLincolnshire project which aims to provide broadband speeds of at least 24Mbps for 90% of homes and businesses in the county, and a guaranteed 2Mbps for the remaining premises by 2015.
“The Belchford Downhill Challenge is a fantastic, fun event but one that many Lincolnshire people have never been to,” said Angela Driver, Principal Development Officer at OnLincolnshire. “Using the latest digital and online technology we can bring the racing to a far wider audience so that everyone can enjoy the action, not just in Lincolnshire but across the globe! The event will also be a showcase to the benefits of superfast broadband, because without it none of the fantastic potential of this technology can be realised.”
Dick Black, one of the originators of the event, added: “This is the 11th year that the event has been held, with everyone trying to go just that bit faster – all powered by nothing butgravity! It’s great to see teams coming back year after year with improved designs, but it’s also good to have a whole new crop of entrants. Some are completely new to gravity racing and just want to have a go! It’s amazing to see home-built carts achieving such good speeds.”
Staff from OnLincolnshire will be on hand at the Belchford Downhill Challenge to collect signatures in support of superfast broadband in Lincolnshire.
If you would like to lend your support to the campaign visit www.OnLincolnshire.org
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•Connect with family, friends or colleagues in high-definition video
•Access TV and films on demand
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•Work effectively from home
•Consider setting up your own business from home
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