It's been a busy few days, after having captured the 'Super Tides' at the Mont St Michel and the now infamous solar eclipse at the weekend. On Monday I went to Saint Lo to photograph the Tour de Normandie's prologue event, the time trials. Much like the bridal preparations for wedding photography I found that teams preparations beforehand the most interesting to capture... the 'behind the scenes' so to speak. I was pleasantly surprised to find that the public and therefore photographers like me could wander amongst the teams seeing them prepare for the event.
There were teams from many countries so it was fun listening to all the different languages being spoken. There was a team all the way from from Japan as well as German, Swiss, Irish and many others. The French were represented by two regional teams and a team of member's of the French Army.
Being British I had a soft spot for the three British teams and it was great to see Bradley Wiggins' new team of riders and to be able to photograph Ed Clancy MBE, the double Olympic Gold medal winner and five time world champion with his team JLT Condor, amongst others.
The event began with the teams being presented to the public. There were a few photographers taking more formal head shots of the riders but I hung back capturing more natural photos without the fixed grins which is more my style and I feel captures the friendly atmosphere of the event.
The time trials then began with each rider starting 45 seconds apart riding a circuit around the streets of saint Lo which took them approximately 5 mins. I walked the second half of the course to capture the riders in full action as well as the start and finish areas. I hope you enjoy the photos.
This blog page contains a small sample of the photos I took. At the end of the article there is a link to the full photo gallery with nearly 300 photos
If you'd like to see all my photos the < full photo gallery of the prologue event of the 'Tour de Normandie' is here >