cycling photographer whose photos connect cyclists with the majestic landscapes around them.
His are the sort of images that you can lose yourself in for hours.
- Muro di Sormano, Italy.
- Mont Ventoux, France. …
- Alpe d’Huez, France. …
- Passo dello Stelvio, Italy. …
- Col du Galibier, France. …
- Mont du Chat, France. …
- Muro di Guardiagrele, Italy. …
- The Koppenberg, Belgium. ..
Here’s five of the best climbers in cycling history.
- Lucien Van Impe (1968-1987) To many, Van Impe is the greatest climber of all time. …
- Alberto Contador (2003-Present) The controversial selection. …
- Gino Bartali (1935-1954) Gino Bartali is thought of as one of the first brilliant climbers. …
- Luis Herrera (1981-1992)
1. Mont Ventoux, Southern Alps, France
Mont Ventoux is one of the most famous cycling climbs there is. I’ve been lucky enough to photograph it four or five times and every time it’s a little bit different.
As I was photographing Ventoux during the Tour, my first priority was to get orientated quickly due to how many people come to the event.
Originally, I camped down in Bedoin, which I thought was a great place. Then I suddenly realised that there would be no way to get up the climb on Tour de France day, the next day. So, quickly, I put the tent back away and went up and got to Chalet Reynard.
The next day, from Chalet Reynard, I hiked to the top of Ventoux and found a great spot, two or three kilometres from the top. There’s a natural bowl in the landscape which gives you that elevation and has a natural viewpoint looking down into the road.
It was a scorching hot day and the day that Chris Froome won the stage. He dropped Quintana and soloed to victory.
The vantage point I had meant I could capture all the motor homes, the crowd and Chris Froome coming around the corner. I also love the limestone scree and the pops of colour everywhere in this photograph.
2. Col du Tourmalet, Pyrenees, France
The Tourmalet is one of the best Tour de France mountain climbs and it also does everything from a photographic point of view. It ticks all the boxes. You have a fantastic view into the summit, you have that great rock face and then the mountains disappearing off on the horizon behind it.
Why I love the Tourmalet
The Col du Tourmalet epitomises everything I want to show about the mountains and cycling – the crowds, the colours and the beautiful landscapes. It’s one of the most iconic climbs in cycling as well, so there’s a lot of history attached to the Tourmalet.
The summit of the Tourmalet is very narrow, but that’s what’s great about it. You get to the top and then you’re going back down, there’s no plateau. That means that you can enjoy perfect views both to the east and the west.
For this shot the summit let me sit back and take a passive observer’s view.
The Stelvio Pass is one of the most iconic cycling climbs in the world and it’s got an awful lot of history, especially attached to the Giro d’Italia. It’s a great place to photograph, but I’ve also been back there on various trips to ride it as well.
The Stelvio Pass isn’t always accessible
As you’ll know, the Stelvio Pass is really high, so it gets the worst of the weather and it has a really short season when it’s open.
Head off the beaten path for unique shots
I’ve been up there when you can’t see ten feet in front of you, but likewise, I’ve had fabulous stays up there, when the views just open up in front of you and there are so many different viewpoints to take.
My favourite is that classic view looking down into Prato, but the downside is that everyone has the same shot.
I want to take a different version of that shot, looking back in the opposite direction. Hopefully I’ll get it, but it needs a proper hike.