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Race-pace.net blog

A quick plug for a twitter associate, Phil Jones, who has relaunched his blog at race-pace.net. Phil is a big fan of Sir Chris and Graeme Obree, and met them both- booking Obree for public speaking, and attending a business lunch with Hoy.

Questions for Sir Chris Hoy
Graeme Obree interview

Phil, like me is relatively new to the sport of cycling and has posted several useful pieces such as an introduction to bike fit and bike buying guides.

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Frost inversion Stirling

I enjoy sharing local stuff, as well as good photography. These two things are embodied in the following post.

Stirling mountain biker Steven Smith is the regular ‘king of the inversion’ – I don’t mean he pulls backflips, rather that on foggy days he has the nous to head up through the soup onto the hill, knowing that a spectacular sight will be there waiting for him.

This weekend we saw a slightly different type of inversion. On Saturday morning the cold fog that had been lingering in the west lay in the Forth Valley. After 6 weeks of snow and ice, and a couple of January weekends ruined by frost and a torrential downpours, on and off-road cyclists will have been itching to get out. While the roadies, still fearful of ice, warily kept to main roads, the mountain bikers set off up the Ochils to enjoy the sight of a frosty inversion, rather than a foggy one.

SBC 144

SBC 141

Pictures © Jo Cooke 2011

From Scotland to Kazakhstan via the Peyresourde

A quick pic of the day.

This shot is of Paolo Tiralongo, pacing Alberto Contador up the Col de Peyresourde at the beginning of Stage of the 2010 Tour de France. A large breakaway with Lance Armstrong in it had got away, and Astana, having taken the yellow jersey the day before in the infamous ‘chaingate’ incident were obliged to keep the gap within reach.

Why I am not a pro photographer

The admin of Astanafans.com contacted me via flickr to request use of the pic, and it’s fun to see what they’ve done to Tiralongo. I can’t imagine him wearing headgear like that in the July heat though.

If you read Kazakh or Russian, why not take a look. There’s a bit of news in English there too.

Timm Kölln: The Peloton – book out now

Timm Kölln was kind enough to allow me to use one of his images for a blog post some months back. I love good photography and his work approached cycling with a different eye to the typical race photographer. There are many creative ways to take an action shot; most have been done already, but a few times a season you’ll see a race shot that really takes you by surprise.

Timm turned cycling photography on its head and ignored the clichéd on-bike images. Instead he focused on portrait shots of the riders immediately after finishing a race. As a photographer, it’s the sort of thing I wish I’d thought of myself. The result is a photograph that strips the subject of some of the power and confidence that they are imbued with when on the bike. After the battle, the star gladiators are weak and broken, vulnerable even, and this makes for a much more interesting subject. Now this work is available as in a book.

Buy the new book from Rouleur Books. Price is £50 from Rouleur.cc. This will be a really nice book and I sure as hell would love to own it.

Buy silver gelatin prints from Timm himself
See more of Timm’s photography in the Road to Roubaix film

Pic of the Day: George Berwick aka McNasty

Yesterday’s long-overdue post on George Berwick led me to a fruitless search for pictures of the man. Thankfully David Martin of Dundee Thistle (?) swung these pics my way.


Above is George on the Snow Roads 300 ride I think. Worth reiterating that he is the Scottish 24 hour time trial record holder, I believe, with 448.70 miles. Apart from that, he’s clocked up over half a million miles and ridden more, and longer, place-to-place tours than an ordinary cyclists could contemplate.


Why the nickname McNasty, I wonder?
Please share any info you have on him.
Thanks to David Martin for the pics.
David’s flickr photos
@Davidmam on twitter

Pic of the day: Millar helps Farrar win at the Vuelta

Tyler Farrar won Stage 5 of the Vuelta, beating Mark Cavendish in the process (for once this season!). Below his teammate David Millar congratulates him. Millar is normally part of the lead-out but he came in 3 minutes down- not sure why.

The pic is by Italian photographer Sirotti– his ‘big photos’ are regularly featured on steephill.tv and are always absolutely excellent. Click the image for Steephill’s Vuelta coverage.

image by steephill.tv/sirotti

Hopefully Millar will not tire himself out too much leading out Americans for sprints and climbs, so he is still in good shape for Scotland at the Commonwealth Games in Dehli.

Sirotti’s 16 big photos from Vuelta 2010 stage 5
Sirotti homepage
Steephill.tv home
Millar and Farrar on Garmin-Transitions flickr

Pics of the day: David Millar by Ed Madden

Up until now I haven’t really posted much about the Tour de France, because it is covered so well on so many other blogs, not to mention the professional news and photo sites.

But today, photographer Edward Madden was kind enough to send me some images of David Millar on Stage 8 to Morzine-Avoriaz. Ed has recently updated his homepage, which has several pro cycling photography galleries, and has some great cycling images on his flickr stream.

It’s pro quality stuff of the kind you’d expect to see on cyclingnews.com or in Pro Cycling or Cycling Weekly.

On days as bad as Stage 8 and 9, more water isn’t enough

Like the custom Scotland shoes

Snapshots from the Nocturne

Russ Downing with Pinarello Dogma
Russ Downing kindly posted for a pic for me with his stunning Pinarello Dogma.

Rapha rider Onitsuka Tigers
I like these shoes and they go well with the Rapha kit, but you’d have thought they’d get a custom version made with pink detailing instead of red. Honestly.

Jonny Bellis signing on
It was nice to see Jonny Bellis back racing after his horror scooter crash. I asked for a photo of him signing on and I don’t think he was up for it, but I tried to loiter politely till I got the shot. He seems like a quiet guy really. He road round in a Bicycle Repair Man jersey- which is an Edinburgh shop. Keen to know more about how that came about!

Rapha coffee truck
Rapha’s classic citroen truck is a mobile coffee stall. Great coffees and surprisingly, reasonably priced! But it is the wealthy guy sneering at the t-shirts that makes this pic for me. At the time I wanted him out of shot but in the end I’m glad he’s there.

Kristian House former National road champ
Kristian House was cool as a cucumber before the event, mingling in the grassmarket and relaxing with a coffee. When he got suited up for the pro race he was really on his game, chasing down the flying Evan Oliphant’s breakaway and then riding away himself to take the win.

Russell Downing National crit champ
This shot is overexposed but I liked Russ Downing’s National crit champion’s kit. I expected a good race from him but he wasn’t on it, and seemed to be blowing hard after a few laps. It was great to see local semi-pro Davie Lines dishing it to Downing out later on.

Can anyone guess who this is?
The unmistakable shoes of Brian Palmer of the Washing Machine Post.

Scottish RR champs photos

Photographer Graeme Brown kindly gave permission for me to blog some photos of the Scottish Road Race championships. I particularly liked the mono portraits of riders pre- and post-race. The mono shots of the race itself were also atmospheric, although I always like to see the jersey colours.

There are some shots of friendly banter before the start, which is contrasted by other shots where the tension is palpable. Click above to see the rest of the set on flickr.

The exhaustion of post-race. Click the above for the flickr photo page.

Graeme has recently started his flickr site, as an outlet for his cycling photography, but he is better known for his motorsport images, which are world class.

See more of his work at www.geebeeimages.com. Graeme mentioned that he will have images for sale soon, and there are some good portraits of cyclists and other sportspeople in his portraits gallery.

He has shot for Cycling Weekly and CycleSport, covering the Tour of Britain last year as well as several Premier Calendar races.