These are the dog days of recovery, the slog when nothing seems to change, no light at the end of the tunnel. Can only hope what I do now will stand me in good stead sometime in the summer. Heading for the first outpatient appointment with the surgical team to review the scans and X-rays and find out if I will walk again.
The Iconic Road is a work in progress. A new series of generic cycling pictures, rather than of a place, like the Stelvio or the Col du Galibier. I'm looking to capture the atmosphere or the vibe. I wanted to create pictures that give an idea of what's going on around you while you've got your nose stuck to the highway or your Garmin
Team Sky now Team Ineos, didn’t throw Froome under the bus last year but they did make him go and sit at the back. Allowing Geraint Thomas his moment in the sun. A just reward for all the support he has given over the years, but this year is another story.
In their relentless pursuit of success only in terms of numbers, races won, Grand Tours won, Team Sky have lost the crowd. Ever since they threw Bradley Wiggins under the bus after winning the Tour de France in favour of Froome...
It's ironic that the sport of cycling, especially stage races like the Tour de France, is one of the fastest moving of all sports yet requires its fans to sit still in the same place for hours, days, or even a week, just to catch a glimpse of the action
The Tour organisers quite obviously hadn't taken my needs into account at all when deciding on the route for the 2017 Tour de France. The Col du Galibier didn't disappoint, but the Col de la Grand Colombier was a different matter.
5000km in 9 12-18 hour days, with one rest day and one overnight drive. 8 stages covered. A couple of million hairpin bends. More than 35 Cols ascended or descended. 2 mountain thunderstorms. Temperatures up to 36+ degrees in June.
The Recce. A "recce" is a filmmaking term derived from the word reconnaissance or reconnoitre. "Doing a recce" as it is known is usually the fun part. It's hard work, but there's no pressure. Except this is a bike race, covering 3519 km. in 21 days, that moves so fast if you blink you will miss it.
I did apply for one of the Tour motorcycles but they haven't got back to me yet. They must be very busy. Oh yes, and did I mention I'm also moving house? The week before the departure date for France. Well, really? What could possibly go wrong? I will keep you posted...
Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish are the current World Madison Champions. No surprise there, these days we expect nothing less. The question is how do you win the Madison? You win it by gaining laps on the other teams, so how do you gain a lap on a large track such as London?
It's notoriously difficult to take pictures of cycling, especially road cycling. Sports photography generally isn't easy, but cycling photography can be a real problem. This is mainly due to the fact your subject matter will just not keep still
There has been a lot of talk about the legacy from the London 2012 Olympics. Much has been said about the drop-off rates at various sports clubs and organisations, but if you are looking to understand the effect TeamGB's Olympic cycling team
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It's very important to remember when buying gifts for cyclists they are fanatics. It comes with the territorial, don’t expect them to be normal. To them cycling 27km. up a mountain for no apparent reason is normal, they do it to stay normal, at least on the outside. They do it for the challenge, they do it because they can. They do it for the thrill of it, for the incredible sense of elation that comes with being in the middle of a landscape so impressive it takes your breath away. They do it for the awe-inspiring wonder of nature in all its glory surrounding you. To know without a shadow of a doubt that this is a good day, a great day, a day that matters, a day that counts. Who doesn't want that in their life?
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