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Count Down To The Tour

2003 US Pro Championships

Lance Armstrong showed some impressive form this weekend by placing 2nd in the Tour of Switzerland. Because the Tour is less than a month away, and I have thousands of bike racing photos in my archive, I decided I would start posting them to celebrate the world’s greatest bike race.

This image is from the 2003 US Pro Championships in Philadelphia, PA. I wanted to get a large group shot. As a bike racer, I knew the peloton would break up in just a few laps, so I identified a location that would work early in the race. I set up on a median in the middle of the course, and shot with a long lens to exaggerate the close proximity of the riders. I got lucky when Victor Rapinski decided to stand up to stretch his legs.

Capture Notes:

Nikon D1x
Nikkor 300 AFS F4
Bogen Monopod

Exposure:0.001 sec (1/1000)
Focal Length:300 mm
Exposure Bias:0 EV

Processing Notes:

Photoshop – Curves adjustment
Photoshop – Slight vibrancy boost
Sized for web

Tip: Cycling photography is a very unique and demanding enterprise. Ensure that you are familiar with the course. If you can, make sure to drive or walk it and plan your shot locations. The race will be fast and furious and you won’t have time to improvise.

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  1. Can’t wait to see the rest of the pictures – I’m really looking forward to see how Lance’s new team does.

    • Me too! The Schlecks were looking pretty darn strong. Contador is obviously the man to beat, but I just don’t think he has the team to support him. I believe The Shack will try to leverage the strength of their team and break things up in the early rolling windy stages. It will be a very interesting Tour. A total chess match!

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