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There were dozens of great vantage points to shoot this event, but for perhaps subconcious reasons, I chose Peachtree Battle Avenue, a tree-lined old South $$$ kinda neighborhood. As I waited patiently (a vital Olympic skill), I realized it was one day shy of the 132nd anniversary of the Battle of Atlanta, and there I stood near the banks of Peachtree Creek, where some of the bloodiest fighting of the campaign occurred. An odd juxtaposition....
yeah, the road cycling. Sorry, I was having an *Olympic Moment(tm)*.
The event consisted of eight laps around a 8.1 mile course, approximately 65
miles total, at an average speed of 35 to 40 miles per hour. As they passed
my vantage point, they were traveling at least that fast, 50 yards from a 90
degree turn. They hit top speeds of 60 to 70, but not on my stretch. They were
moving plenty fast for this ol' photographer....but perfect for the *panning/blur*
technique I've utilized a lot on these sports.
The question I've been asked most about this event reflects that American NASCAR attitude about sports..."did you see any good crashes?" Well, no. These folks didn't need training wheels, and I wasn't aimin' to shoot bikes and athletes lying on the asphalt.
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