Women's Cycling Tour of Britain (image heavy)

Discussion in 'Street and Documentary' started by Richard, Jun 22, 2015.

  1. Richard

    Richard SC Top Veteran

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    Feb 1, 2013
    Marlow, UK
    The Women’s Tour of Britain passed through my town yesterday. The final stage was from Marlow to Hemel Hempstead so we were able to see the preparations and start of the race. The event is only in its second year but already draws some of the world’s best women’s teams and competitors.

    In addition to the bikes, there were various other vehicles on show, including these support cars parked up in the High Street ahead of the race.

    18433421993_142270d173_b. Support Cars by Richard, on Flickr

    There were a LOT of police motorcycles in evidence too. They'd come from constabularies all over Britain except, curiously, the Thames Valley. We particularly liked the row of police helmets hanging on the blue flashing lights of the motorcycles (impaled heads?)

    19057247771_50205da051_b. Police Helmets by Richard, on Flickr

    This is a local cycling club, who led the main race out of town later.

    19027803406_f382bb7db7_b. Marlow Riders by Richard, on Flickr

    And this is Britain’s Laura Trott, double gold medallist at the London 2012 Olympics.

    19057152551_37d382b6d2_b. Laura Trott OBE by Richard, on Flickr

    The main car park in town was full of team vehicles and competitors preparing for the race. Everything was very accessible and friendly, so there was plenty of opportunity to take photos and talk to the participants. These are some members of the Pearl Izumi team warming up on rollers prior to the race.

    18866233380_5070edae0d_b. Warming Up by Richard, on Flickr

    Cycling is a colourful sport, but some of the garish outfits aren’t exactly flattering to the wearer (yes, team Ale Cipollini, I'm looking at you). But I liked the smart outfits of Team USA – this is Sara Headley.

    19027675206_9b0b167832_b. Sara Headley by Richard, on Flickr

    Prior to the race the teams were introduced to the crowd in the High Street. This is the Optum team.

    18433199113_38b097e423_b. Optum Team by Richard, on Flickr

    Susanna Zorzi and Sarah Rukes of the Lotto Soudal team about to do a lap of the car park.

    [​IMG]Lotto Soudal by Richard, on Flickr

    This is sports journalist and TV presenter Ned Boulting chatting to visitors.

    18866101790_08bf5e56a5_b. Ned Boulting by Richard, on Flickr

    The start of the stage was ‘neutralised’, which means that the field weren’t actually racing for the first couple of miles. I think that’s a safety precaution, but it also means that the riders don’t flash past you quite so quickly when you’re watching from the side of the road.

    18866101798_a455369d39_b. The Field by Richard, on Flickr

    The yellow jersey is worn here by Lisa Brennauer, who went on to win the overall event. The polka dot jersey belongs to Melissa Hoskins as ‘Queen of the Mountains’ (not many mountains in this part of the world, but I’ll let that pass). That's Laura Trott again in the front row, second on the left.

    19053722175_73ffb5987c_b. Tour Leaders by Richard, on Flickr

    Then we were passed by a phalanx of support vehicles and suddenly it was all over. The stage was won by Britain’s Hannah Barnes, who I managed not to photograph.

    19053690395_c60240c0a0_b. Team Vehicles by Richard, on Flickr

    -R
     
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  2. KillRamsey

    KillRamsey SC Hall of Famer

    Jun 20, 2012
    Cambridge, MA
    Kyle
    Very cool!
     
  3. Some pretty nice shots in there.

    I personally never liked street riding, much prefer mountain riding.
     
  4. Richard

    Richard SC Top Veteran

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    Feb 1, 2013
    Marlow, UK
    This was a bit of a one-off situation for us as it was happening in our home town. We wouldn't normally go to watch a live cycle race as you only get to see a glimpse of the action as the riders flash by.

    But we always enjoy watching the TV coverage of the Tour de France, which starts again in a couple of weeks. We normally watch the highlights programme in the evening which gives us all the action of the day edited down to a manageable hour or so of viewing. And it's really spectacular when they're up in the Alps and the Pyrenees with the helicopter shots of the riders and vehicles snaking through the landscape below. The Tour de France is about three weeks in duration so we become familiar with the teams and riders as the daily dramas play out.

    (Our own cycling exploits are much more of the local-pub-and-back type)

    -R
     
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  5. PJacobs

    PJacobs SC Veteran

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    Apr 7, 2012
    The Netherlands
    Paul
    Very cool! I am a fan, yes the action is short but I see you went to see the start: very fun because everyone is accessible. Regardless, cycling races are great for practicing photography.
    By the way, the line of police motorcycles looks familiar:
    DSCF4563.jpg by pjcbs, on Flickr
     
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  6. Richard

    Richard SC Top Veteran

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    Feb 1, 2013
    Marlow, UK
    I bet you were tempted to give the first one in the line a good shove ...

    -R
     
  7. KillRamsey

    KillRamsey SC Hall of Famer

    Jun 20, 2012
    Cambridge, MA
    Kyle
    ...following on my last comment elsewhere... what $360,000 worth of motorcycle looks like in one small photo...