Norfolk Cycling Team @ UK National Cycling Champs

Yesterday I was out at the feed zone two in Holkham Estate, helping out some good friends at DAP cycling, who were racing in the UK National Champs.
Swapping the camera for several musettes!

Knowing the roads well, I did manage to get ahead of the race on a couple of occasions and shoot some images (packed the 70-200 in the car just in case)

Joining the local DAP riders were a host of household names, including Mark Cavendish MBE, Ian Stannard and eventual winner Ben Swift.
in 25-degree heat, over 180 of the UKs best cycling talent took to the winding country lanes and wind-stricken roads of Norfolk for a true test of grit and endurance over the 125 mile route.
Reigning champion, Connor Swift (Team Arkea-Samsic), was back to defend his title, but he faced competition from 2016 champion Adam Blythe (Lotto Soudal), 2013 winner and former world champion Mark Cavendish (Team Dimension Data) plus 2012 national champion Ian Stannard.

From the start, some of the large UCI teams began driving the pace, gradually thinning out the field, with attacks happening on a regular basis.
The journey from the coast, back through Wroxham and towards home was a telling point, with attack after attack, eventually seeing Ben Swift roll through the tight city centre corners to win the British road race title in some style.
Two of the DAP riders finished in extremely good company, with Andrew Taylor coming in 54th and Harley Matthews a credible 83rd.

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DAP CC National B Road Race | Beccles

The DAP CC National B road race was in full swing this morning in sunny Suffolk – what fabulous weather on a terrific course.

Terrific morning photographing the folks – well done to Toby Atkins taking the win for the Active Edge Race Team

#roadrace #cycling #dapcc #racing #suffolk #ActiveEdge

Stage 5 & 6 Tour of Britain in Pictures

Images from Stage 5 – Exeter & Stage 6 Hemel Hempstead which saw British rider Alex Dowsett take the yellow jersey with a simply stunning ride! Awesome!!

On board the Excelsior

I’ve just finished a super assignment, working with the lovely folks at the Excelsior on an illustrated feature for Archant Suffolk Magazine..

I had a super day sailing with the folks, learnt lots and really enjoyed climbing up the ratlines (what a view!!)

“The Excelsior is huge part of Lowestoft, a real segment of the heritage and fabric of this part of Suffolk, harping back to former glories. Built in 1921 by John Chambers, the 77ft sailing trawler was commissioned by a local consortium to replace their 1885 smack. In the 1920’s the smack had a crew of 4 men and boy, and would be seen sailing along the coast, filling the Southern North Sea with some 200 similar vessels, all on the hunt for a healthy and profitable catch to bring back to port.
Having spent a few years on the seas, Excelsior was laid up in 1933 and in 1935 she was sold to Norway, where it was converted into a motor coaster”