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Cycling Is Cool

Tom Danielson

Howdy! I was back in the cycling saddle last night working with a Jr. team here in Colorado. If you know anything about me, you know I love cycling. It’s the greatest sport on earth. There isn’t another sport out there where you can go and test yourself in the same arenas as the pros do. You can go ride the same mountain passes that the Tour de France traverses. I’ve done it. And although I do it slower than the pro peloton, it is no less spectacular. Another cool thing that separates cycling from the other sports is the athlete accessibility. Not only during the races, but in general. Last night Tom Danielson, who got 8th in the Tour de France came out to support our Junior cycling team. It was fun watching a bunch of really fit 16 & 17 year olds test themselves against him. And to be honest, they were giving him a run for his money. Yeah, cycling is the greatest sport on earth.

Portraits Of Pain

Rory Sutherland USA Pro Challenge

This is the vision I had in mind when I headed to the USA Pro Challenge with an unconventionally long lens. I wanted to do something that had never been done before. I wanted to push the boundaries of cycling photography. The full project will be unveiled later this year, but the goal was to capture athletes that were pushing themselves beyond their physical limits. As a long time bike racer, I know what that feeling is and I wanted to share that feeling with the world. In this image, Rory Sutherland has clearly gone well beyond his physical limits. His efforts and ability to suffer have become a product of his will.

Postcards From The USA Pro Challenge

I’m sure I have mentioned that I’m in love with my new Fuji x100s. There is just something real and organic about it. I took it with me to the USa Pro Challenge, here are a few images from it developed using VSCO Film.

The x100s was very liberating and opened up entirely new journalistic avenues both creatively and professionally. I’m sure I’m the only cycling photographer using this tool, but I feel it will change event journalism entirely.

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Fuji x100s VSCO Film

Peter Sagan Wins

Peter Sagan USA Pro Championship

The ‘long lens project’ was a success. I’ll be able to update you on the details later. Today I had to share a photo of Peter Sagan as he roared to his 4th victory of the USA Pro Challenge. Yep, I shot this with the Nikon 500mm.

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Help People Living With Parkinson’s Disease

If you like this photo and want to see more like it, pick up my newest book and help people living with Parkinson’s Disease. This week I’ll continue to donate a dollar from every book sold to the Davis Phinney Foundation which help people living with Parkinson’s Disease, live well.

The Dawn of America’s Race $9.99

The Dawn of America’s Race takes you from the press conference to the finish line of America’s greatest bike race. Photographer Justin Balog and professional cyclist and author Ted King joined forces to share a glimpse into the first two years of the USA Pro Challenge. Experience the race with over 100 never seen before images captioned and curated by Ted King himself. This book is beautiful, funny and like nothing that has ever been done before!

iPhone Friday

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Howdy! The last week I’ve been primarily shooting iPhone images on my bike rides. You probably know by now, I do that quite a bit. However, because Strava recently began to offer Instagr.am integration, I can now display my IG images on my Strava rides. How cool is that? My two favorite social networks coming together. It’s cosmic!

If you don’t know about Strava, it’s basically a social network where you can share your activities like cycling, running, hiking, etc… On my rides I track location, heart rate, elevation, cadence, speed, temp, watts, etc…and now IG photos! Here is an example of a ride I did this weekend up in Boulder, CO. (Click To View)

I hope you all have a great weekend. We will see you back here on Monday. If I have good wifi access, I hope to share some ‘on location’ images. If not, I’ll still have something scheduled up for the week. Have a great one!