I’ve only been to the Basque Country once before, I was shooting a cyclocross race in Igorre. It was cold, it was during the winter, the days were short and I didn’t get to see much, it was a cursory visit. Having driven around in the last two days, I had to admit that this is a stunning place. Though it’s not as mountainous as the Alps or the Dolomites, there are plenty of stunning peaks, valleys and pine forests. It was a lot of fun to shoot today’s race and I am really looking forward to the next couple of days of racing!
A poster of the race and a few locals.
The Giusfredi Bianchi team bikes had the best backdrop.
Bizkaia Durango, the local team stopped for a little chat with the local supporters.
Drops Cycling Team DS Paul Freeman holds a final meeting before race.
The peloton whizzes past me in the first lap.
Hayley Simmonds of Team WNT lead the peloton on the descent in the second lap.
Femke Verstichelen (BEL) of Bizkaia-Durango Cycling Team attacked in the fourth lap.
Spectators wait for the race in the final long lap.
Margarita Sirodoeva (ESP) of BePink Cycling Team tries to bridge the gap to the break in the fifth lap.
Gracie Elvin (AUS) of Orica Scott Cycling Team rides mid-pack during the fifth lap.
The front of the race reaches Garai in the the last 20 km of the race.
Gracie Elvin (AUS) of Orica Scott Cycling Team climbs out of Garai, with only 20km to go
Annemiek van Vlieten (NED) of Orica Scott Cycling Team wins the Durango-Durango Emakumeen Saria race.
Annemiek van Vleuten (NED) of Orica Scott Cycling Team talks to Amanda Spratt (AUS) how the race unfolded.
It was a hard day in the saddle for everybody.