Pescadero Road Race 2008

Peloton rides up the Eucalyptus gallery on Stage Road

After some reconnaissance last Friday evening I decided to shoot the Pescadero Road Race from a couple of positions on beautiful Stage Road. The pro peloton was scheduled to start at 8:00 am so I was up and out the door by six for the hour plus drive out to the coast. Typical for Northern California this time of year the coast was blanketed by fog and cool when I arrived and parked the car.

My strategy was to ride my hybrid out on to the course with a minimal amount of camera gear and see what I could get moving up and down Stage Road between pelotons for the various categories.

The racing was great, but it took a while for the light to improve. Locations like the Eucalyptus grove would have been incredible with filtered sunlight and ground fog. I think I'll be back shooting this for a few years before I luck into that dream combination of atmospherics.

5 Responses to Pescadero Road Race 2008

  1. Chris K says:

    Thanks for the beautiful images! Your pictures and editing highlight a wonderful event.

  2. Chris,

    Can’t wait till next year and another crack at the event, with a little better prep ahead of time on my part. Thoroughly enjoyed myself.

  3. Dougie says:

    Another great set of images, the motion blur really makes the images work for me. Your dream image in the tree grove will happen for you one day, be sure of that.
    I was impressed by the quality of your photography on your wallpaper images, top drawer Michael. You could see where Juli was standing with the carrots.
    I suppose this means the chances of us seeing your work from Harris fades by the moment.
    Ordering my new Mac this week, should be fun

    All the very best

  4. surfvivor says:

    you have quite the eye, nice work…inspirational

  5. Ethan says:

    Do you sell your photos? I’d love a copy of this picture.