I have been writing up logistical stuff these past weeks (more in the queue to come), but really this year I wanted to do more human interest stories. Sort of like those side stories they do in the Olympics. I contacted Karen who writes the ColoradoFishing.net website who is preparing some fishing recommendations for Jens Voigt (he loves fishing) along the route of the USPCC. I also have one in the works for Levi about mountain biking along the USPCC route offered by Kevin at comtb.com. I have other ideas as well, breweries, coffee shops, pizza etc, all "for" a specific rider who will be competing and would enjoy that aspect of Colorado. Events, travel, and personalities are an interest and sort of my angle at these races.
While at the race I like to try to share human interest stories or teach the reader something new about racing or Colorado. Any ideas would be welcome. The best part of having a second person at the race is a fresh perspective so I don't want to say "get this or get that". I don't want "great shots" there are plenty of photographers out there who use Nikon camera's with huge lenses and all get the same shots. I sort of prefer the shots that show the behind the scenes happenings and look real.
I interviewed Shawn Hunter (CEO of USA Pro Cycling Challenge) yesterday and he said that one of the ways they decide on which Continental teams they select is if the team brings value by having contributed to the community. He mentioned United Healthcare had donated a bunch of bikes recently. Those stories matter to get the race into the news and generate more revenue and serve a purpose to inspire others. I have to keep reminding myself that this sport is not all about the finish line photo, it is a fun sport that can do good.
By the way, if you want to see "great shots" view the wonderful photography of Casey B. Gibson VeloNews, Darrell Parks, any Getty Images, O'Nev, Graham Watson, or the photographers listed in the right column of this website.