I photographed this cyclist on Riverside Drive during the Tour de Richmond in October. Positioned across the road with a view of the river, I panned the camera with the passing cyclist to capture this image.
Cyclists ride in a pace line to save energy. The first time I drafted another cyclist it was immediately obvious why birds fly in formation. These riders are about 15 miles into a century ride in Richmond, Virginia. With 85 miles remaining they are, no doubt, attempting to retain as much of their energy as possible.
Riverside Drive, in Richmond, Virginia, is one of the most scenic spots I know of for cycling. On any given Saturday or Sunday in the summer there are far more cyclists and runners on this road than cars. Although this stretch is flat and runs right along the James River, the road also offers several steep climbs and descents.
On October 6 I visited one of the more scenic spots along the Tour de Richmond cycling route to try my hand at photographing cyclists in motion. This photo really captures the speed and motion of cycling as I wanted to portray it. I thought it fit in well with this week’s photo challenge because the cyclist looks really happy too! Click on the photo to see a larger image.