Sports photography for RBS cycling challenge
Friday 18th September saw a very early (4am) start for aard winning event photographer Malcolm McCurrach as he headed down to cover a sports photography job for the Royal Bank of Scotland on the last day of their charity cycle event for Sport Relief 2016.
The sporting challenge was for RBS employees (and associated companies such as NatWest, Coutts, Isle of Man Bank, Lombard, Adam & Company, Ulster Bank, etc) to complete a 525 mile cycle from Bishopsgate, London to Gogarburn, Edinburgh over five days to raise money for charity as part of Sport Relief 2016. Over the five days, more than 780 cyclists took part by riding various parts of the route. Well over 100 of those riders successfully completed the entire 525 miles.
The sports photography challenge was to capture as much of the last day’s action on the road as possible. This needed to include the set-up, pit stops and journey. All that whilst staying ahead of the riders and keeping off the cycle route! So, it was a busy day, fortunately in the sun.
Riders’ spirits were high both on the route itself, and at the finish line. There was a fantastic atmosphere throughout the day. The Support Team for the event were great too. They made sure that riders were well sheltered from the traffic, directed them at tricky junctions and were on hand for any medical issues. Oh, and giving Mal a hand to get into the best positions for photography without impeding any of riders.
At the finish, there were some emotional scenes as riders and their families celebrated their fantastic achievements. Their efforts from the event had raised over £400,000 for Sport Relief 2016 on Friday.