Tour of Britain, stage 6 climb of Chinnor Hill
The Tour of Britain 2014 stage 6 crosses from Bath to Hemel Hempstead. It was passing right through my small Oxfordshire village too. This is the land of the Chiltern Hills, there’s a category 2 climb just a couple of miles from here.
Time to grab the cameras, some choice lenses;EF 17-40mm f/4L USM and the EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM plus a few Speedlite flashes. Even two hours before the riders were due there were a lot of people waiting on the climb and the crowd just kept on getting bigger as the race approached.
As it turned out three riders, Mathias Brandle, Alex Dowsett and Thomas Stewart were over six minutes clear of the main field by the time the climb started. Also with three riders together I could go be on the inside of the hairpin with a wide-angle and flash as they turned in to the steepest gradient on the climb.
The flash was essential to light the shadow side of the riders. I had checked on my Sunseeker app on my iPhone and it showed that the sun would be directly backlighting them when they were due to pass.
For the main race I had a few minutes to change position so I moved and to be honest the position was less interesting than this one.
Clever shots from the pro!!!