Behind the Scenes: Team Sky’s Oh Watt A Wonderful Christmas!

December 25, 2015 |

This year Team Sky wishes everyone a Merry Christmas in a powerful way.

Team Sky Riders Ian Stannard and Ben Swift wrapped over 5,000 fairy lights to a host of painstakingly-positioned bike parts.

As they were setting up Stannard noted, “It was definitely a change from our usual winter training! Our digital guys kept everything under wraps beforehand which meant we got the wow factor when we walked into the studio. They’d spent a full week in there with the producers getting everything set up and tested, and then Swifty and I helped add the finishing touches before they told us we were the ones who’d actually be powering it!

That’s right. Stannard and Swift took to riding their bikes on turbo-trainers to generate the power needed to bring everything to life.

“It was a pretty hard effort on the bike to get everything lit up and we’d both worked up a sweat by the end of it.” Stanard said,  “It was worth it to see the finished product though and I hope all our fans enjoy it.”

they churned out mammoth watts on their trainers to generate the power to bring everything to life and festive surprise.

How’d they do it? Take a peak at the Behind-The-Scenes video.



To deliver the Christmas cheer, Team Sky collaborated with the  production company doodledo MOTION.  The final product took months to make. Team Sky Digital Manager Nick Howes said, “We always like to spread a bit of Christmas cheer. The guys at doodledo MOTION came up with that brilliant idea about the optical illusion.”

While at first they weren’t sure it was possible, the Team Sky performance was consulted approved that it would be possible for Swift and Stannard to generate enough watts to illuminate all the lights. Then  all the equipment from Manchester to the Team Sky service course in Belgium and setting it all up.

Once everything was in place the entire event  was literally riding on Stannard and Swift. Howes added, “On the day it was down to Ian and Ben to power it all on their bikes and they did a fantastic job to deliver the goods.”

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