Keen observers of this “photography” blog have noticed more and more bicycling culture making it’s way into the virtual pages of this book. A link here, a mention there, some screen grabs here and there. But all that has been a prelude to this blog post.
A while back, I emailed the guys over at my favorite cycling apparel company, Rapha. Their mix of art direction, photography, writing, and style has made me a huge fan. I was pleasantly surprised to receive an email response to my “cold call.” Hmm, I knew these guys were different. The email love affair (back & forth) has been going on for almost a year now, until we finally linked up last month.
Rapha was organizing one of their infamous Gentlemen’s Races in upstate NY and they called to see if I could photograph some of it. I got the phone call about 15 hours before the start of the race. I grabbed whatever cameras I could, some film, a change of clothes, and I was off. There was no way I was gonna miss this. Check out the video to see what it was all about (you can see me laughing on screen left to the kazoo rendition of Seven Nation Army at about 4:10).
Clearly, these aren’t your typical lycra-wearing jocks.
Check out the full write-up on the official Rapha Gentlemen’s Race page. My images are scattered throughout those pages along with Daniel Wakefield Pasley’s work. Here are some of my favorite images I shot.