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Cycling Lends

What they did help provide however was a fantastic and totally unexpected atmosphere. With the arrival of a the long train of support vehicles, police and in particular the French gendarmes (yes the French police with their comedic siren exploited brilliantly in the Pink Panther films), then I begin to notice a faint tingling on the back of my neck. The helicopters overhead then raise the anticipation to fever pitch and I begin to focus on a stretch of road in the distance. No riders yet. But the helicopters remain. My dog Jip stops fidgeting and barking and pricks his ears up attentively. Someone further along calls out, “They’re here!”

That magical sunny day (they forecast rain you know) will live with me I hope, always. Now, I intend to capture ordinary people’s passion for cycling, and this is how I and other would be snappers might go about it.

Loaded with a camera and lens capable of taking action and sports shots (I use a Canon 50mm f1/8 which can be purchased for between £60-70), I locate myself at points along various cycling routes – road or off-road. Organised events will also provide opportunities. One eye should be on the weather beforehand, as a torrential downpour could render all your preparation as useless.

Care will be taken not to take photos of younger cyclists unless parental consent is given. Moreover, care will also be taken not to take a photo if it might hinder the cyclist’s concentration, thus causing an accident (such as on busy roads).

The best photos will probably be provided by muddy mountain bikers hurtling over a jump but brightly garbed road cyclists riding along in the majestic light provided by a summer’s evening glow will take some beating aesthetically.