I’ll admit it. I was a cynic about the Olympics. I still am cynical about the legacy for east London. But most of my previous cynicism stemmed from the fact that I didn’t manage to get any tickets – jealousy by another name.
Now with Bradley Wiggins winning the Tour de France and Chris Froome coming second and Mark Cavendish putting in a respectable performance, I am very excited about the Olympics. Well I am very excited about the men’s cycling road race – because it’s free to watch, you don’t need tickets, I can walk to part of the route to watch it and it’s on next Saturday when I won’t be working. And I might see some exciting action to boot. How about a Mark Cavendish gold, a Bradley Wiggins silver and a Chris Froome bronze? I think I might have to put some money on that.
I can guarantee it will be a great watch because I watched the London Surrey cycle race last year, which was a test event for the Olympics. I’m not a sports photographer, so I doubt my cycling photos will set the world alight, but I did get to do some street photography in between the out leg and the return leg, while people waited for the cyclists to return.
This time around, I’m not sure that people will be hanging about as there are 5 hours between the out and return legs through Richmond Park, (the test event was considerably shorter) but I’m hoping there will be lots of people with stick on Bradley Wiggins sideburns – and I will be photographing them and posting them on this blog.
But as a taster, here are some of the photos I took last year: