BC Bike Race- Documentation Photography for Tourism Whistler.

BC Bike Race is far more than a race. It’s also seven day adventure that you won’t forget. It’s a tour of British Columbia’s West Coast singletrack. Over six hundred racers started their journey on day 1 in Cumberland, and raced each day in different town on Coast – Powell River, Earls Cove to Sechelt, Sechelt to Langdale, North Vancouver, Squamish and finishing the race in Whistler. This was also the hottest year during BV bike race history. Beside scorching heat, the riders had to deal with dehydration and dusty conditions. My approach to photograph this event was little different than shooting regular race. My client needed the images that would capture the atmostphere around finish line as well a few racing photos. The focus was the finish line so shooting at the best racing spot wasn’t feasible. Instead of action I opted for Haul Back hill at the beginning of the race. This way I was able to get the racers together in challenging terrain and morning light. After that I moved to last piece of singletrack in Lost Lake just before the finish to capture Whistler singletrack and some audience cheering on racers. From there it was only 5 minute walk to finish line to capture the rest and most important photos for the client. Each client has different needs and the way I shot this race reflects it.
BC bike race final stage in Whistler
BC bike race final stage at Lost Lake Whistler