Giro d'Italia - Two days with the tour in the beautiful Dolomites

It's always special visiting one of the Grand Tours and I couldn't have been happier when the Giro came past my backyard in the Südtirol (a few hours drive from Munich).  I have spent a lot of time in Val Gardena and the surrounding areas of the Dolomites and it really is paradise for cyclists and skiers.  My press pass was confirmed on Friday night and I was in the car and on my way very early Saturday morning to cover the Queen stage (210 Km and over 5,000m of climbing) which finished in Corvara.  Sunday's stage was the individual TT in Castelrotto and I chose to focus on the riders warming up before the race. Steven Kruijswijk finished second in Corvara and made up enough time to take the coveted pink jersey.

Francesco Lamon

Francesco is a member of the Italian national track cycling team. I had the pleasure of photographing the Italian national track team during their three day training camp at the Fassa Bartolo velodrome in Montichiari. A special thank you to their head coach, Marco Villa, for being so hospitable and allowing me access to the riders.

Marco Villa - Head coach of the Italian national track cycling team.

I had the pleasure of photographing the Italian national track team during their three day training camp at the Fassa Bartolo velodrome in Montichiari.  A special thank you to their head coach, Marco Villa, for being so hospitable and allowing access to the riders.  Marco has an incredible track record and is a two times world champion and Olympic medallist at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney.


Davide Cassani - Head coach of the Italian national cycling squad.

It was an honour to meet Davide Cassani at the indoor cycling track in Montichiari, Italy.  Davide was kind enough to introduce me to Marco Villa, the Italian national track cycling coach.  Unfortunately Davide wasn't there the day after when I brought some decent lighting along, to photograph the Italian national track team during their three day training camp.


Rapha super cross - Cyclocross in Munich

I spent the day watching the Rapha super cross cyclocross series in Munich last weekend.  I love the Olympic stadium and park.  It has one of my favourite swimming pools where Mark Spitz won 7 gold medals.  The cyclocross track is great too and has hosted two world championships already.  What a great sport combining road and mountain bikes!  I would love to do a race or two one day.  I've done lots of triathlons, multi-stage mountain bike races and lots of bike races, but no cyclocross race (yet).  I'm busy working on my next "cycling in the high mountains" image which should be ready very soon.  Passo Gavia or Passo di Giau in the Dolomites perhaps.

I would love to shoot an ad campaign for a bike company sometime soon!