Modesto was lucky enough to get yet another Amgen Tour finish spot. I attended last year with a good friend of mine Shawn Stutz. Both of us ride together on occasion, however he has much more experience riding then I do. After not seeing any decent photo coverage of last years event in Modesto, I contacted the City of Modesto and they offered me a media badge. It was a good thing that I was there early, there were two Criterium races in which none of the other photographers showed up for. A criterium race is an Amateur race which in this case was mostly comprised of local riders. There were two classes, the first race lasting 20 minutes and the second 30 minutes. The Masters Class which was the second class, was comprised of some pretty fast riders. Anyhow, I was able to get some good shots of these local racers as well as be there when they were on the podium. Except for proud family members I appeared to be the only photographer there. I was more proud to capture the local racers photos then the over covered actual race that came through hours later.
Included in this post are photos from the local criterium race and the ending of the Amgen Tour of California Stage 4 race. I also shot 42 seconds of video as the race came to it’s last lap. The racers flying by at close to 40 MPH almost blew the camera from my hand. Thank goodness for my Canon hand strap.
Some video of the final lap as they fly by. Notice the wind they generate almost knocks the camera out of my hand. That would have been all bad.
More photos to come soon, please check back.
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