Adam Roberge has become more and more well known for his video recaps of the races that he does. On his YouTube channel, he shares in-race footage when he can, and he does in-depth race reports explaining what happened in each section. How does he put these videos together post-race… while already shifting focus to the next event?
I don't film anything during the race because I know it would take me out of the focus of the race. Some riders will do some GoPro footage, but I find it distracting. After the race, I usually try to find people who were filming on the course and get some of their footage—sometimes we work together on projects, sometimes I buy the footage. Depending on the race, sometimes I have one source of footage, sometimes I have three.
From there, I just look at the footage that I do have, and consider that as well as what I knew I wanted to say about the race. What I have for footage and the story I want to tell need to fit together somehow. Occasionally, I’ll end up talking ore about a section I didn’t think was that important at the time if there’s great footage—and sometimes watching the footage, I realize certain sections were more important than I thought! But even if I don't have the footage, I try to highlight the parts that were really crucial about the race, I think that's the most important thing.
Before the 2022 season, I would usually write a race report before filming. But this year, I felt like I wanted to focus more on telling a story around the footage I had. So now, I start with the footage, and the race report goes around that.
At some races, it’s pretty easy. At Unbound, for example, they gave me a big file that was two hours of footage, so I was able to start with just selecting the sections I needed. That was easy, since then I could say what I wanted to say and know I had the right footage.
Sometimes, there isn't any footage and I have to rely on photos or even just sit down and record my thoughts about what happened. It really depends on what's available.
Once I’ve looked over the footage that I do have, I turn on the camera, sit down, and just start talking through the race, starting at the beginning. I feel like it's become more natural for me. Sometimes I do have to do multiple takes, and if I mess up, I do edit afterwards. Sometimes, I'm about to say something and I realize I don't remember exactly how it really happened. So I'm like, 'Okay, I really need to think about that.' And I'll pause the camera, think about it for a few minutes, then start rolling once I have a better answer.
It’s hard to figure out exactly what goes on in a race sometimes: There's so much happening, so to pinpoint what was important is tough. And you can do a very short race report pretty easily but to really go through a races and give people in-depth insight into what happened throughout, that’s harder.
Make sure you check out Adam's latest video about being in the lead group at Midsouth last month!