Compinches

March 19, 2011

Last year at the prologue event of Le Tour de France 2010 I took a snap of Alberto Contador as he flew just inches in front of me as I pressed against the guardrail.

Little did I know that I would end up contributing it to a Argentine elementary school magazine named Compinches (which I believe roughly translates to “Buddies”) Last week I was lucky enough to receive a copy of the publication from its editor so I could see my photo in use – a big thank you for send it so far. Surely the world is shrinking at a far more rapid rate than I had ever anticipated; who would have thought that a photo taken by an Australian tourist in Holland would wind up being published in an Argentine journal. For me to then receive the final work in my mailbox back in Perth is surely a testament to the socially connective power of the internet. Now, if only I could speak Spanish…

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Le Tour de France 2010 Rotterdam Prologue

Le Tour de France 2010 Rotterdam PrologueI wish I could say that the weather was spectacular, that the sun was out and there wasn’t a cloud in the sky.  Well, consider it to be the opposite in Rotterdam on the 2010 prologue stage of Le Tour de France 2010.  Nevertheless, a good time was had by all 450,000 spectators as we watched 198 of the world’s best cyclists race around the 9.8km track in a time trial on a slick and slippery surface.  But, it did little to slow the speeding cyclists as they dodged raindrops and long-barrel camera lenses on their way from Zuidplein in Rotterdam’s south, up over Erasmus Bridge, over and around Willemsbrug, and back down south to the finishing point at Zuiderparkweg.  Times ranged from 10′ flat to 16’20”, the best time belonging to Fabian Cancellara; so fast, in fact that I was unable to get a shot of his blurred sprinting machine as he rushed past my already poised camera.   But, I was able to snap Lance Armstrong, (on his last Tour and winner of all the tours between 1999 and 2005), and Alberto Contador (who won in 2007 and 2009), and so I was happy with that.

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A few scenes from Le Tour de France 2010 Prologue in Rotterdam, The Netherlands…

Lance Armstrong Le Tour de France 2010 Rotterdam Prologue

Lance finished in 10'22", good enough for 4th place...

Alberto Contador Le Tour de France 2010 Rotterdam Prologue

Contador would later come 6th at 10' 27"...

Haste

May 11, 2010

Suddenly, the adrenaline was pumping,

Legs pushed and a heart invested.

Pavement thumping, light-spray on chill wind,

Guilty apparitions were soon departed.