In fact it was more than just one fantastic day!
Dave & Carrie Simpson are the event organisers for the Brighton to Bexleyheath charity bike ride, Tour de Bexley. Together with Lee from the Lord Hill Pub they have created their own version of the famous bike ride in order to raise money for two local charities; Bexley SNAP & the Bexley Moorings Project.
The pandemic restrictions may have prevented the event from running last year, but it didn't stop Dave riding the route solo to keep the concept alive. This year it definitely had a vibrant return - the Tour de Bexley #4 was filled with the most wonderful community spirit, connecting so many people together in the whole event process.
end2end TV's involvement started after meeting Dave & Carrie who were interested in us live streaming the day. We jumped at the chance to support such a fabulous fundraising event and suggested adding short videos of the event organisers, riders and supporters to the stream. We took two of our crew to the Lord Hill on Saturday 23rd April to film interviews - and wow! What a fabulous job they did. We even had the fantastic opportunity to let Sophie be our sound operator for one of the interviews! You can watch Sophie's interview below.
You can watch all of the videos filmed here
"The overall impression your whole team gave to the overall day was really the icing on the cake! end2end TV's input and planning all went perfectly!" Dave Simpson
On the day we had three crews working simultaneously - something we had not done before. Our Crew 1 did an incredible job. Not only did they have the early 6am shift, they kept us entertained with their chatter and laughter all the way to Brighton! Then they blew us away with their technical expertise, brilliant camera work and vision mixing the live stream from OBU at the first official stop, the Bull on the Green in Newick. Not only that but once their shift was over they kept on going with their parents, covering the second half of the event so we could film as many of the riders as possible en route. An incredible team effort!
Crew 2 joined us at lunchtime, stepping right into live streaming at the lunch stop at the Kentish Horse, interviewing riders and capturing the atmosphere. Their technical knowledge & teamwork was absolutely fantastic & a highlight out of many was definitely seeing this awesome threesome organise themselves so they could DIRECT a live stream from multiple camera locations. Worth noting that they are still 11-12 years old, but that certainly doesn't stop the e2e Crew from creating brilliance - FAR FROM IT!
Meanwhile, crew 3 were already at the Lord Hill in Bexleyheath, ready to welcome back riders as they returned; capturing early interviews to add to the stream going out live from 1 o'clock through to the evening!
OBU & crew 2 arrived back and loved reuniting with crew 3, with crew 1 following closely behind. They continued to capture the riders crossing the line and the growing all-day party atmosphere. Helpers were collecting money and the community came together with smiles, hugs and, for the riders anyway, a few aches and pains. But wow! Was it worth it! Carrie was lead marshal doing an amazing job with her team to keep everyone on track. Dave always follows at the rear to support and encourage everyone back for their celebration drink. Supporters followed riders, sponsoring refreshments, giving pep talks and cheering everyone on. Teams joined with others out on the ride - no one was left behind. It truly was a fabulous event and one we are proud to have been a part of!
We are so happy it has raised valuable funds for the two charities - which incidentally you can still donate to here.
"Well done to all of your team & crew. I can't put into words how it felt watching the stream back; looking at the beginning of the ride & seeing you guys filming throughout the day. The coverage of the whole day was superb! Your involvement has been second to none." Dave Simpson
We would like to say a huge thank you for letting us be involved in such a great day. Our crews had a wonderful time - it was a long day, but fantastic all the same! A chance for them to bring their technical expertise out on location, debut OBU, live stream for the first time (something we have wanted to do for years) and launch our YouTube channel TV NOW! which you are welcome to pop over and subscribe to!
We were thrilled to bring you our first live stream and launch our new chapter 'through their eyes'. Watch out for the children's press release coming soon.