A dry day – yes really dry!

I’m amazed, we arrived into Tiverton this morning and it was actually dry, with a slight breeze and some blue sky.

It’s been a little hectic today, running around like a blue arsed fly prior to the start, grabbing some coffees for the riders and checking final bits my end, before taking my seat in team car one, with Rouster (mechanic) and the legend that is Sid Barras – who is the DS for the week..

Its been probably the best day of my life today..I can’t even try to put into words what it has been like in that car! Watching a race on TV or on the sidelines is nothing compared to what it is like in the team car – travelling at break neck speeds, clipping wing mirrors with other team cars, shouting, swearing and getting suppliers to our riders. It’s an adventure that few get to sample, and to sample with the legend of Sid Barras was truly a wonderful moment! Sid and Rouster know their jobs and do them so damn well, it must be a massive boost for the riders knowing that have frontline support like this!

I managed to grab a couple of shots today. It was hard riding again today. the pace up the first climbs was just silly and didn’t need to pull that type of speed. A few riders went on the break, but when Hausller realised he was struggling to keep onto the break he just gave up – literally got off his bike and that was it. What a tit!

Todays winner Fraporti was at dinner with us tonight – a wonderful gent – who bought the waitress girls a massive bunch of flowers! I’m glad he won, Wiggins didn’t deserve it and to be honest you can understand why he is loosing support slightly.

About Julian Claxton

My passion for photography is supported by experiences gained on exciting travel adventures and through working for fantastic photographers. In 2006, I made the exciting step of realising my dream of becoming a freelance photographer. Since this pivotal moment, I have held numerous exhibitions, been featured nationally & internationally in print and won numerous awards, including being a finalist in the National Geographic Photographic competition in 2013 with one of my documentary images from the Sudan. From an early age I began to enjoy taking pictures of my daily life, basking in the thrill of sending the film to the printers and eagerly awaiting the pocket sized prints. My first foray into the world developing and printing strangely began at school when I was asked to produce a descriptive photo for the school newspaper. A front page shot later and I was destined to start the long arduous journey of becoming a photographer. In between exciting travel adventures and working for fantastic photographers, I graduated from college and at a crossroads in my journey to becoming a pro photographer, I embarked on a career working as a medical photographer. Learning new skills and dabbling in video production as well as progressing design skills, I yearned for the challenge and freedom of becoming a freelance. I have been fortunate enough to work on some amazing assignments which have included shooting a documentary assignment with an air ambulance, gaining full access to a British Pro cycling team during an international UCI tour, cycling to Rwanda and creating a photographic documentary of my journey. The experiences continue to grow, meeting wonderful people to photograph and telling the story of their journey. The list of events and striking moments that have played out through my viewfinder continue to grow and provide me with ever increasing snapshots of life to capture. One of the highlights of my career thus far has been staying in rural Uganda, teaching photography to the kids from the region, in a project I set up in late 2014, entitled ‘Give a child a camera’. The basis of the project is to supply 35mm cameras and film to the rural schools in this region of East Africa, teaching the children how to shoot photographs. After a week of taking photos of their life, an exhibition is held at the school and the children leave with their very own album, camera and film. One of the images I shot at Eden school in rural Uganda, during morning chapel won the 2015 Travel Media Tourism and Photography award. A great honour and one that I wouldn’t have picked up had it not been for the wonderful children of East Africa. For further information please visit www.julianclaxtonphotography.com
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