The first time I did it, it was like riding a race. I came across the line – the buzz was like I’d just done a bunch sprint and then I had to get off and take pictures of a bunch sprint so it was like a huge adrenaline rush really good, exciting, doing
Roubaix, going across the cobbles, smashing it across cobbles trying to catch up with the race it’s really exciting stuff. But I’m not sort of obsessed in race pictures. I’d like to get ahead, do a landscape or something like that or run inside a bar or a pub and take a
picture from the pub I don’t go for a particular rider or
anything like that. I try and get a mood of a place or when the
composition is right I’ll take the picture rather than when the rider’s right, so I think I work
the wrong way round compared to most sports photographers. [LOUD TRUMPET PLAYS] [MEN CLAP ALONG TO TRUMPET] [CHEERING] I actually can’t remember the first Tour I worked on, I know this is the 8th. After racing I went to art school and I still couldn’t get rid of the cycling bug, so I was just photographing races. I think the first one was Herne Hill when Obree was doing a roadman’s pursuit or something. But the new thing is camping [laughs] It’s amazing though because you come to the finish town and then you do your stuff, go to the press room do a bit of charging up, send some pictures,
and then you just ride around and then you see a campsite sign and you’ll say “what’s that one like? No, next one.” “That looks nice.” Pitch your tent, Wi-Fi, café, it’s not raining. That’s the key though [laughs] If it’s going to rain tomorrow, sleeping on Alpe d’Huez is not going to be good. Plus, hotels…they get so dull. If you’re properly in the bubble all the time I start losing the will, I really do, just because I want to see things fresh so if I jump out and go to a campsite it’s really quite good so then I come
back in and it’s like: “Ooh! back at the circus!” And I get excited again and hopefully that motivates me in my pictures that I’m excited again. Oh yeah!