- Five sheep from Harewell Hall in Harrogate have been fitted with cameras
- The âsheepcamsâ are remotely controlled by farmer Ian Hammond
- Each camera is waterproof and features image stabilisation
- Tour De France starts in Leeds on Saturday before travelling to Harrogate
- There are 21 stages and riders finish on the Champs-Elysees on July 27
In two daysâ time, the streets of Yorkshire will host the most prestigious cycling event of the year.
And as 198 cyclists begin the gruelling 118-mile (190km) trip across the UK and into France, the first stages will be recorded by an unlikely source – sheep.
A total of five âsheepcamsâ will film the bikes as they pass through Harrogate, and the cameras will be controlled remotely by farmer Ian Hammond.
A total of five sheep from Harewell Hall in Harrogate have been fitted with cameras (pictured), dubbed ‘sheepcams’. Each camera will record the Tour De France as it passes through the Yorkshire town on Saturday
POST TRAUMATIC STRESS IN SHEEP
Research has found that a sheepâs experiences soon after birth can shape its later behaviour – and also that of its offspring.
The study from the University of Bristol investigated whether early-life experiences can alter behavioural responses to a naturally painful event in adulthood – giving birth – and also affect behaviour of the next generation.
Female sheep that had their tails docked showed more pain-related behaviour when giving birth to their first lambs than did females who had not had these early-life experiences.
Lambs of those mothers who had experienced a mild infection in early life were less sensitive to pain during the first few days of their lives.
Each of the animals from Harewell Hall have been fitted with wearable action cameras from Sony.
They are waterproof, include image stabilisation and all five can be controlled at one time with a single remote.
Ian Hammond said: âLocally we are really looking forward to the Tour de France coming through Yorkshire, the dales certainly are a good test for cyclists and Iâm looking forward to seeing how my flock perform as Sonyâs first ever sheep camâ.
Earlier today, German entrant Marcel Kittel, 26, warned Yorkshire’s roads could be too narrow for the Tour de France.
He said the winding streets, enclosed by dry stone walls, were ‘risky’ for riders taking part in the opening stages.
The wearable Full HD video cameras are splash-proof and feature image stabilisation. Live footage can be merged with GPS data to track the location of the sheep
The ‘sheepcams’ will be remotely controlled by farmer Ian Hammond (pictured left). The Live-View Remote, seen on Hammond’s wrist, can control up to five cameras at one time. The cameras are securely fastened using a harness (pictured right)
Kittel warned parts of the route from Leeds to Harrogate were ‘very dangerous’ for the peloton, who will be waved off by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry on Saturday.
One particularly tricky area in Buttertubs Pass, a high road in the Yorkshire Dales that winds north from Sinstone, near Hawes, towards Thwaite and Muker.
The opening stage of the Tour de France begins in Leeds on Saturday, before the second stage commences from York to Sheffield on Sunday.
The event, won last year by Britain’s Chris Froome, often includes technically challenging routes, including mountain climbs, narrow streets and cobbled surfaces.
A spokesman for Yorkshire’s Grand DÃ©part defended the region’s roads as testing, but suitable, for the world’s best riders.
The opening stage of the Tour de France starts in Leeds on the morning of 5 July and ends in Harrogate (pictured). The sheep will record the footage as the cyclists travel between Ripon and Ripley
German entrant Marcel Kittel, 26, warned Yorkshire’s roads could be too narrow for the Tour de France. He said the winding streets, enclosed by dry stone walls, were ‘risky’ for riders taking part in the opening stages. The peloton is pictured riding between Aix-en-Provence and Montpellier during last year’s event
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52 minutes ago
I can see anything going wrong, as long as they stop recording once they visit the abattoir.
3 hours ago
He must be baaaaarkin’ mad!
The Golden Yorkie,
Rotherham, United Kingdom,
4 hours ago
One farmer on the news had sprayed his sheep yellow. Taking the spirit too far!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
London, United Kingdom,
1 hour ago
5 hours ago
You can buy the special Yorkshire edition cameras on e-bah gum tree
5 hours ago
HOPE THE DONT CATCH THE WELLY BRIGADE,LOL,
Derventio, United Kingdom,
6 hours ago
That sounds BAAAhhhmy…..
Hastings, United Kingdom,
6 hours ago
Afterwards they will be poached by the BBC in an effort to cut costs, which will help ensure more license fee money goes into an executives pocket.
Sorry folks just rambling.
Baltimore, United States,
6 hours ago
God I hope thats all they catch! and not some sick purv!
Lily of the Valley, Afghanistan,
6 hours ago
ssdc, United Kingdom,
7 hours ago
YAWN YAWN – Glad to see modern farming practices and EU grants are being put to the best use…………
what a sad life these farmers lead…………………..
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