A few weeks ago, I had the amazing opportunity to be part of an amazing photography crew, to cover the 2018 edition of the ABSA Cape Epic.
Being part of such a talented crew, gave me the great opportunity to learn and gain from their experiences. They say even the best photographers never stop learning, this is very true. Being a photographer on the event, we also stayed on location just like the cyclists, in small, red, one man tents.
The best part of the whole experience, was getting out there, getting on the track and seeing athletes pushing their limits to achieve their goals and dreams. I am one person who always believes in pursuing your goals and dreaming big, so it was amazing to see woman and men doing just that.
There is a lot that goes on behind the scenes of the race. All media crews, every day have a race against time to get their various content out there. May it be videos or photos, for press or social media, there is always a race against time to get it out there! It was a privilege to work among some of the worlds leading photographers and media houses, sometimes working in some confined spaces, the great attitude and helpful nature among all media personal made it that much better!
Each and every morning, at around 5:15am, the ABSA Cape Epic has a very unique tradition; some athletes love it and some, not so much. The tradition is to be woken up by the bag piper. Its a very unique noise, one that will wake you up weather you like it or not. The bag piper played a different tune every morning, with the National anthem and some happy tunes on the last morning. Its something that just made the race that much more unique to all the others.
All athletes were taken to their limits over the 8 days of the Epic, this made crossing the final finish line each day and receiving your medal that much more rewarding. I have huge respect to all athletes that managed to cross the final finish line.
Photographing on the ABSA Cape Epic, gave me the opportunity to go photograph in locations I have never been to before. It was great to travel around the Western Cape and photograph some breath taking places. It was quite challenging at times to get to some places, but when you get to the location, its all worth it.
The 2018 edition of the ABSA Cape Epic was full of special moments, and its up to the media to capture this special emotional moments. However, technology has caught up and the spectators also love being part of the action. This is also an exciting opportunity to take photos of emotion as well as photos of photos, something sometimes challenging but fun at the same time. Its nice as you get to include the spectators in the action, after all the event wouldn't be the same without the support.
In all, it was amazing to cover such an amazing event, well done to all category winners!!