It has been a short while since I last posted on my blog, but it has been such a busy time that it has been difficult to find time to blog. This weekend however I was contracted to photograph a round of the British Cycling, National Cycling Championships at Ampleforth. Unfortunately due to other work commitments I was only available to capture the end of the women’s race and the start of the men’s race. Having said that I would have loved to be there all day, and I captured some great photographs, including a great shot of Sharon Laws (AA Drink Leontien.nl Team) who won the women’s event as she crossed the finish line. She rode a tactical race being part of the leading break away group for the majority of the race before leaving the break away group on an uphill section a lap and a half from the finish. She stayed in front until the end with over a minute gap between her and her second place team mate Lizzie Armitstead, and a further 3 minutes before her third place team mate Emma Pooley crossed the line. The remaining riders crossed the line 5 minutes later.
Despite not having the luxury of a ‘Press Pass’ which gets a photographer into the areas that are restricted to the general public, I was able to use my ability and equipment to capture some great photographs. Knowing I was unable to see the end of the men’s race I was keen to photograph the leading riders who I believed had a good chance of winning the event, and I captured a great photograph of Ian Stannard (Sky Pro Cycling Team) who went on to win.
Two of the top names in cycling, Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish, were unfortunately not at the event as they are in preparations for the Tour de France, which starts next weekend, but it was great to see some of the top cycle teams at the event with some great riders and future stars. Check out the photographs below for some highlights of the event:
Damian James Bramley, DJB Photography (Event Photography Yorkshire)