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Tour of Britain 2011 Stage 4

September 14, 2011

Today saw stage four of the Tour of Britain, in case you couldn’t guess by the title of this post. Cycling is one of those sports I was massively into when I was young, watching cyclists like Paul Millar and Sean Kelly, and I realised today that it’s nearly 25 years since the height of my interest. TWENTY FIVE YEARS! Since then, my interest in the sport has gone up and down- normally up during the Olympics, and down in the times in between. Recently cycling’s come back onto my radar, partly due to successes at the Olympics and other such world famous competitions like the Olympics before (probably), and partly due to the fact lots of my friends have come out of the closet as cycling fans. If only I’d known. What is it about my friends? Can’t they mindread? (Hmm, deja vu.)

So today I toddled off to Caerphilly, not knowing anything remotely geographical about Caerphilly. It was a fairly last minute decision to go and I have also been really busy the last week or so, otherwise I may have gone to check the route out beforehand. As I got to Caerphilly, I wandered around, obviously not knowing where to go or what to do, and made friends with a local amateur photographer to go and find a spot. He was quite a nice chap, I should have got his name. I didn’t even say goodbye, I’m such a horrible man.

After waiting what seemeed like at least forty minutes, finally the police bikes and team/ tour cars started to make their way up the hill I found myself sat on. And then came the cheers. And then the bikes. Clickclickclickclickclickclickclickclick and it was all over in probably little over a minute. I spent all the build up checking my two cameras (Canon EOS 7D and 5D mk2) with different lenses, checking framing and planning my shots ready for when the action came and if there was a big window by the side of me all those plans would have flown out of it. Wow. So I’m pretty disappointed with my shots, but it was a really thrilling couple of minutes and a great new experience. Sports photography has always impressed me and I’d love to be absolutely brilliant at it. I WILL get there.

After the race had finished everyone headed off towards Caerphilly Castle, but being the idiot I am I followed the crowd to the wrong part of the castle, meaning I couldn’t get a decent position for the presentation. Well, that wasn’t what I was there for, so it didn’t matter.

I really want to get a lot more sports under my belt in the next few months, so hopefully this is just the start.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. September 16, 2011 8:11 pm

    Great action shots of the riders

    • September 28, 2011 6:46 pm

      thanks a lot, hopefully next year I may get the chance to do it again, maybe somewhere else and maybe do it better!:)

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