I wanted more than anything to get a shot of Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins on the street I ride so often — Berkshire in La Canada. The Amgen Tour of California descended Angeles Crest Highway and headed east on Berkshire to the stage finish in Pasadena. My husband and I set up lawn chairs on the shoulder and waited half an hour for the riders to speed by. I was so excited when Wiggins appeared that I missed a clear shot, but at least got him in focus with teammate Danny Pate (see middle photo). Here are a couple of other shots I liked. I only had one chance to shoot the riders — they were gone in a second.
Here are some of my favorite racing photos of the past year.
Tela Crane, left, and Alissa Maglaty sprint to the finish at Elite Track Nationals.
Zak Kovalcik at Elite Track Nationals.
Katie Compton, left, and Cari Higgins in the Madison race at Elite Track Nationals.
Guy East and Austin Carroll in the Madison at Elite Track Nationals.
Dana Feiss racing the Keirin at Elite Track Nationals.
Matt Baranoski vs. Andy Lakatosh, one of the great battles at Elite Track Nationals.
Amgen Tour of California, downtown Los Angeles.
Girls field at Junior Track States.
Junior Track States. I’m amazed he kept racing.
Keith Ketterer breaks the world hour record.
Damian Alfonso at Paralympic Worlds, representing Cuba. Damian was severely injured retrieving a kite from power lines as a child. He is a very determined competitor.
The awesome Sarah Storey at Paralympic Worlds. She won gold in everything she entered.
Craig Maclean and and Anthony Kappes win the gold medal in the tandem sprint at Paralympic Worlds.
Greta Neimanas wins gold in the scratch race at Paralympic Worlds.
Here are some of my favorite photos from last year where the effort really shows in the faces of the riders.