Photographer and designer Simon Connellan has recently shown his photographs of Bradley Wiggins at Future Inns hotel in Cardiff Bay and got in touch to see if we’d like to see them. He’s been to numerous races over the last 10 years like the Giro, Tour, Paris Roubaix and Paris Nice and has followed cycling ever since Channel 4 started showing the tour in 1985.
“I always found the races interesting, as not many sports can you get a personal access to both the infrastructure and the personalities of the sport. Also I found by heading over to the lesser races, which dont get big crowds was a greater advantage.
I have followed Wiggins closely over the last few years, in both the ups and downs of the sport, as well as the other members of the team. I have always tried to find something different from what the media shows, something more personal. I have also created limited editions tee shirt, which are on my website, which I have shared with Brad.
Over the years I have got to know some of the guys, like Chris the bus driver, Rod etc and always have an opportunity to catch up at the races.
I think its important to try and catch the atmosphere of the day, behind the scenes of both the preparation, the machinery, and the staff.”
We couldn’t agree more. Cycling is a rare event where you can be up close and talk to your heroes, their mechanics, team members and coaches. Head to Simon Connellan’s website for numerous galleries dating back to when Team Sky turned green in 2010.