So Sunday was the Sportive St Andrews 2013, the second year this event has run and again I was lucky to be invited along to help shoot the event for PK Perspective. Again it was a 3 man (well person) team and we had a cunning plan to cover it.
Ian would try to catch everyone eagerly starting off and returning, mainly still smiling but not looking so energetic. Whilst myself and Sarah headed out onto the route to catch most riders at a point where all the 3 routes went and 2 of the 3 separated off after a single 25 mile lap. The fog was really thick at this point of the route and it wasn’t easy to see the riders, in fact early on when the roads were quite we often heard the riders chatting before we could see them lol
After that we hot footed it over to the hill before Strathkinnes, this is a spot we shot at last year too and we returned for a specific reason – it’s the biggest and toughest hill of the day. Yes we take pleasure from others pain, although saying that almost all riders manage a laugh, joke, smile, a pose or even a wheelie by one guy on the way passed – so it can’t be that bad right?!?
Then we raced back to catch more riders getting back to the finish and a rest.
It was another brilliant event enjoyed by over 400 riders, a few were confused a little by the routes (the 5 mile climb out of St Andrews will make thinking more difficult) and only one gave me a mouthful of abuse despite there being a marshal to ask not the photographers (I’m sure you know who you are – naught boy).
This is only a small selection of the images I took, for more and all from both Ian and Sarah take a look over at the official PK Perspective gallery.
This blog is a little late but here it is.
Following on from shooting the Muckmedden charity mountain bike event the good folks at PK Perspective were booked for another charity cycle event – Sportive St Andrews. Again I offered my services to help them out cover an even with over 300 participants.
This time it was a road event which was time trials based rather than a mass start, this with the fact that there was 3 different routes (45, 64 and 80 miles) made it interesting to find locations to catch as many people as possible.
But cover it we did and I had a great time doing it with the majority of the riders entertaining us as they passed, either giving a smile, wave, pose or just a laugh and a joke.
I ended up capturing well over 750 images on the day, which I slimmed down to around 250 decent shots but I certainly won’t be posting them all here. Instead here is just a few of what I think were the best shots and the ones that summed up the day for me:
Note – following on from this I got the very first sale of my work, via the PK Perspective site at least a handful of my images have been ordered as prints. I haven’t asked again about how many have been ordered since I found out at least 5 have been ordered, as the fact that some sold was good enough news for me 🙂