That first year I followed the race with one small camera, fixed focal length (35mm) lens, 8 SD cards, a wi-fi hard-drive and an Android phone. It all fit in a small bag, all chargeable from a USB and I only shot JPEGS. This was not so much preparation as a reaction to my previous exploration; it was a pretty good fit. Everything comes down to weight and space on the TCR – it’s true for the racers, and it's true for us in the support cars following the race. The racers chop down their toothbrushes, I chop down camera kit sizes. Chop down my file size, chop down everything.
I’m attracted to the TCR because it has a purity that I like. It is simple by design, simple to ride. I like my pictures to be simple. The majority of my images come straight out of the camera, get the contrast adjusted a little and that’s it - no post-production on them. I’m some kind of puritan; the racers are some kind of puritans.
The more we journeyed that first year, the more I loved it. The pace, the stories and the characters. Mike’s vision for a race made total sense to me; it was what the Tour de France could have been. It was utterly contemporary and ideal for the dot-watching, social media age. This year is a crossroads for the TCR. This 2017 fifth edition is run in memory of Mike, keeping the flame alive and preserving Mike’s vision.