Today was one of those very occasional days, when I wish I still had all my very expensive photographic gear. The inaugural Friends Life Woman’s Cycle Race passed nearby to me today and I thought I would brave the elements and have a look. For those of you who have never seen a cycle race in the flesh you haven’t missed much. If ever a sport was made for TV then cycling road racing is just that. The riders zip by you in a blink of an eye and then that is that you haven’t got a clue what is happening and what the significance of any of the rider is. This is why you need fast responding equipment with fast lens to boot. Cycle racing is great to watch on TV just not in the flesh unless there is a reason to do that. Which brings me back to today.
This week saw the first running of the Friends Life Woman’s Cycle Race. This race is apparently the only stage road race for women – whether that is true is another matter – but that was what I think the promoted said last night. Anyway, this was something unique and something worth braving the rain to see. So how to capture the action? This is when the longing for times past came in. I had the choice of an iPhone or a Canon G1x – neither were really that good at capturing quick action. I chose the Canon and as I stood at the side of the road awaiting the arrival of the bikes I suddenly realised that I didn’t really know who to use this camera for sports action. After some hasty flicking through the menu I just couldn’t get it to shoot on continuous mode. So one snap at a time.
Are the image any good – not sure but at least I can say I was there – the day the cycle race zip through my area in a blink of an eye.
Drive… like a pray