The 6th Annual Tour de Scottsdale held on October 4, 2009 was my first chance at photographing a road cycling event. Capturing images from a road cycling race can be very difficult as the competitors/race moves very quickly and vehicle traffic is restricted making getting out in front of the race to capture images somewhat of a challenging task. You definitely have to be on your toes to get the moments with this type of event, it’s very difficult to “let the shot come to you” because all the shots and action is moving down the road at 25 to 40 mph.
Staying out in front of the main peloton was a challenge, but thanks to my support driver I was able to sit in the back of my truck and capture some of the action on the race course.
This is one of the images I captured from the back of my truck, it’s tough to get a steady shot from the back of a moving vehicle, but so much fun.
Racers awaiting the start wondered who this crazy guy sticking a camera in their faces was.
All in all it was a fun event and a great experience trying to document the event.