Lady Triathlete

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This lady has already completed a river swim and she is about a mile into the cycle stage – I suspect it can feel quite intimidating to have a tractor like this behind you.  I doff my hat to her (and fellow competitors).

—Stephen—

Velodrome

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Had my first trip to watch some cycle racing at a Velodrome at the weekend.  Loved it.

From a photographic point of view it was very difficult.  Light levels were not that conducive to shooting fast moving subjects.  Still it was a learning experience for me (what more can you ask for!).

—Stephen—

High-Five Cop

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At the recent Tour de France event in Yorkshire, people were waiting for significant periods of time for the cyclists to flash past.  This friendly motorbike policeman added a little excitement as he ‘high-fived’ youngsters when  he drove down the road.  A fair number of older ladies thought they’d get in on the act too!

—Stephen—

Jet Skis in Newcastle-upon-Tyne

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Showing off to the crowd the youngsters driving these jet skis where having great fun.  Each was chaperoned by an adult and all were dressed in dry suits – it was a warm day but falling in the water would not have been too comfortable.

——Stephen—–

The Bike Race

In recognition of the Tour de France, I thought I’d post my one and only effort at covering a bike race.  A few years back the Tour of Britain route brought it through my town – and as I was at home for the week – I decided I would cover it.  With all these big events, they were able to give a guesstimate on the actual time it would hit the town, so I packed my gear and went up to a spot which I knew was near the rise of a small incline (the hope was it would slow them down a bit).

I arrived 30 minutes before the time and picked my spot and waited… and waited. Then a cyclist came into view wearing all the gear – I thought it was a bit strange as I’d presumed they’d have an advanced guard of police to make sure the road was clear.

As it turned out this was an elderly gentleman out for a day’s cycling.  And as it further turned out, I was a day early!  (doh!)

Of course, the positive side was I knew exactly where I was going to stand and had a rough idea how fast these guys were going to come through.

I was up at my spot the next day and there were one or two other people waiting too – (sigh of relief!).   Here is a selection of the pictures I managed to take.


Here They Come!


Showing good form.


Purple Patch


In the Peloton 1


In the Peloton 2


Coming up the outside!


Red Boots


Making a break

Thanks for coming!

Okay, I underestimated the speed these guys go.  The whole thing lasted no more than 5 minutes between the motorbikes going through and the cars disappearing down the road (my elderly cyclist friend was no real indicator! – but then you didn’t expect he would be!)

My favourite shot is actually the last one – as it seems to sum it all up somehow.

———Stephen———–