Suffolk cycling & The Women’s Tour

Last week I met Velosure Starley Primal rider Tanya Griffiths to discuss her rise in women’s cycling and the Women’s Tour coming to Suffolk….full feature will be in Suffolk magazine in June…

“The Helicopter hovers above, making steady progress towards the crowds lining the street. Police motorbikes whiz by in a flurry of activity, cars decked out with colourful logos, packed with sponsors and dignitaries hurry past, shortly followed by the bright red Commissaire Car. All of sudden the lead group of cyclists come into view and in a moment have passed. The peloton is closing the gap, cheers and shouts of encouragement travel alongside the cyclists as the crowd begins to swell, with a gush of air, the whiz of carbon fiber wheels and a splash of colour the race has come and gone in a flash. Welcome to the world of cycle racing.

The Women’s Tour of Britain not only returns to our beautiful county, but comes back for the opening stage of what is to become an even bigger and better stage race. The racing gets underway on June 17th, with over 100 of the top cyclists in the world departing from Bury St Edmunds, following the country lanes and picturesque landscape of Suffolk to the seaside and a sprint finish in the town centre of Aldeburgh.
Women’s cycle racing is finally getting the attention it deserves, proving it is part of the sport cycling fans throughout the world want to see.
Discussing women’s cycle racing in Suffolk and there is only one person to talk to, Tanya Griffiths, the young Suffolk based elite level cyclist. Having just returned from riding two Belgian Spring Classics for her new team Velosure Starley Primal she is in good spirits and looking forward to the season ahead”………….

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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