The Rutland CiCLE Tour- Rutland Sportive ’18

rutland sportive '18

As you probably know, I’m not a pro sports photographer, that’s fine; it’s not my ‘thing’ but it’s something that interests me when I see some of the amazing sports photography out there, a friend of mine James Mitchell does really great triathlon photography, you can scroll through Instagram and see some lovely travel and outdoor work but I do not have the correct equipment or the time & dedication that some photographers might have for their speciality. But I love photography and will try anything! 

Saying that, a couple of weekends ago I had the chance to go out into the beautiful Rutland countryside on another hot day and take some cycling photos at one of my favourite spots, the Harringworth Viaduct.

The Rutland CiCLE Tour by ITP Events had three routes, 62miles, 78 & 105! Ouch! Based from The Giant store at Rutland Water, the routes are carefully planned to take in many of the picturesque hills and little villages in the area. The first person over the finish line on the short route did it in 3hrs 42mins, sore bums all round!

Rutland CiCLE Tour short route, 2018.

I was tracking the short route because my partner was cycling with his friend, they are in training for the Prudential RideLondon 100 which is happening on the 29th July, and also raising funds for The MS Society (get in touch if you’d like to donate and I will send on the JustGiving page). 

It was so relaxing to drive around the pretty villages in the sunshine and see where I ended up. I got a bit sunburnt looking for the perfect photo spot so next time (and there will be more cycling photo opportunities soon)  I will definitely be more careful!! I really enjoyed the challenge, I admire the hard work the cyclists put in and learnt a few camera/sunshine/speed/composition lessons along the way!!

I’m quite happy with the photos I took, I got a few smiles from the cyclists and it was definitely a learning curve! Have a look and let me know what you think!


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RutlandLTP1 Over the finish line!

What is your inspiration and where do you find it???!!

….And how do you keep it….

Mine has always been music related, i used to have this poster (by Lance Mercer i think), of Eddie Vedder and Jeff Ament, its my favourite band/gig shot and ive always wished that i could take a photo that meant as much to me as this. I cant even put into words what it is about the shot i like, i just think it captures the moment perfectly.

ed & Jeff

ed & Jeff

I love going to gigs and music photography and the last few months helping the running of Middle Earth Music Club made me reminisce back to my youth!

I loved music, back when MTV was good, Ray Cokes/Headbangers Ball anyone??! Bands like Soundgarden, White Zombie, Pearl Jam, Led Zeppelin, Wildhearts, all with very visual album designs, great t shirts and merch. I was always out listening to local bands and i always had a crappy camera with me.

I dont look at music now like i did back then, maybe I’m old or maybe the music isnt as good but i think the time has gone where we’ll see such a classic album covers like Dark side of the Moon, London Calling/Clash or Ten/PJ, Nevermind/Nirvana etc but theres still that poster in the back of my head making me try harder to get that magic moment, try a new experience or excitedly lose myself over an awesome gig.