Thoughts & Photos on the Road

Giro Rosa 2017 Stage 6

The situation behind the finish line at the Giro Rosa is always tricky. The near-complete lack of enforcement of the rules mean that the organisers not only place the photographers line way too close  to the finish line itself in case a sprint stage, but there is also very little control over who gets to […]

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Giro Rosa 2017 Stage 5

The Giro Rosa has a track record in recent years for brutal time trials and this year was no exception. We’d looked at the route on Streetview but that really didn’t do it justice. On the way to the start this morning we drove the route and it was tougher than we could ever have […]

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Giro Rosa 2017 Stage 4

You win some, you lose some. Today, we were not winning. Sean came up with a cunning plan of covering five spots, plus the finish. We had no idea that it would end up being one of the most hectic days of the year. We got to the first spot, but Sean warned me that […]

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Giro Rosa 2017 Stage 3

Day three and we were back on familiar turf. There’s been a stage here with similar courses for the last two, maybe in even three years (I lose count sometimes). Today we learnt that 4G in Italy isn’t always what’s on the box. Trying to upload photos on the road after the race and nothing. […]

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Giro Rosa 2017 – Stage 2

Sometimes you have to improvise. Not long after the Ronde, our moto pilot, Chris, informed us, that due to a health issue, he will not be able to continue to take us around on his motorbike anymore. We were saddened by the news and we looked into sorting out a moto pilot for the rest […]

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Giro Rosa 2017 Stage 1

The wheels of the Giro Rosa juggernaut finally started rolling this afternoon with a short team time trial. There’s no stopping it now all the way to south of Naples over the next nine days. A late start should have meant a fairly relaxed day but lots of little things suddenly eat up your day […]

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Giro Rosa 2017 Team Presentations

This year’s Giro Rosa seems to have snuck up on us fast. It felt like no sooner had we recharged our batteries from the OVO Women’s Tour that it was time to pack our bags for Italy. The Giro Rosa team presentations were held in the grounds of the Basilica in Aquileia, although by the […]

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A Look Back at Giro Rosa 2016

As the Giro Rosa 2017 starts this Friday we thought we’d take a wander down memory lane at last year’s Giro. Personally it was a nightmare ten days, in which we broke a camera, lost another and then had everything we weren’t wearing stolen on the penultimate stage! But amongst all the trips to camera […]

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Women’s Road Cycling Book 2017

It’s here! The Kickstarter for our first Women’s Road Cycling Book. Balint and I first spoke about doing a book together way back at the Women’s Tour in 2015. Even before we first talked about working together here at Vélofocus. This year we’ve finally got around to doing it! We’re both really excited at the prospect of […]

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OVO Energy Women’s Tour 2017

Wow, that was a toughie. Super-long stages and demanding terrain made for a great edition of the OVO Energy Women’s Tour. Kasia Niewiadoma may have wrapped up the general classification on the first day but it was there was still some great racing, especially on the fourth day in Chesterfield. The first half of the […]

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Emakumeen Bira 2017

I have only been once to the Basque Country before, back in 2009, when I photographed a cyclocross World Cup race in Igorre. It was a cursory visit, flew in an out quickly, at the time I still had a day job, which meant there was no wandering around on the cards. Long story short, […]

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2017 Durango-Durango Emakumeen Saria

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 […]

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