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Old Feb 19, 2009, 2:29 PM   #1
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Spent 4 days with the Tour of California bike race this year... I was contacted by a cycling website, http://www.londoncyclesport.com before the race and wanted to get some gear shots of the big cycling teams/riders - this worked into a press pass for the race... most excellent!!

I've posted several shots on flickr...

Shots from the pre-race Press Conference: http://www.flickr.com/photos/chrisca...7613737359438/

Some famous guy

From the Prologue in Sacramento

George Hincapie from Team Columbia High Road

From Stage 1 - Davis to Santa Rosa. I got *really* wet on this stage. Stood out in the rain for several hours. Created my own camera cover out of a plastic space-saver ziplock bag. The weather reduced the ability to get any decent shots.... http://www.flickr.com/photos/chrisca...7613860250271/

Christian Vandevelde at the starting line

From Stage 2 - Sausalito to Santa Cruz. I got a great spot on the Golden Gate bridge where a gate was unlocked. After the cops went by, I opened the gate and stuck my head/camera out into the roadway... still got very wet. Went to Santa Cruz where we actually stayed sort of dry. http://www.flickr.com/photos/chrisca...7613945276863/

The stage winner, Thomas Peterson

Stage 3 - San Jose to Modesto. I started at the top of the Sierra Road, booked it to the next climb @ Patterson Pass, and the made it to the finish in Modesto.

Winner Thor Hushovd

Great experience.. wish I could have kept going with the tour all the way to San Diego, but alas, I have to do some work to pay the bills There's always next year!

All shots with the K20D, most with DA50-200, some with Sigma 17-70 or 70-300
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Old Feb 19, 2009, 3:48 PM   #2
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Very Impressive!
and some really great shots.

I'm jealous too.:G

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Old Feb 19, 2009, 5:17 PM   #3
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Some very nice shots there. What an experience!

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Old Feb 19, 2009, 5:22 PM   #4
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Looks like great Fun!

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Old Feb 20, 2009, 12:39 AM   #5
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What fun! Excellent shots, great opportunity - so lucky!
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