With today (Wednesday 19 August) marking World Photography Day we decided to delve into the archives and go behind the lens to ask some of the Tour of Britain’s photographers for the favourite photographs they have taken at the Tour of Britain.

Once you’ve checked out the below selection, be sure to visit the Women’s Tour website to find out the favourite images of photographers on Britain’s leading women’s race.

We’d also love to see your favourite Tour of Britain images – use #TourofBritain and tag us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook to share your memories and favourites.

Read on to see the photographs, and the reasons behind their choice.

Alex Whitehead | SWPix | London 2018

“The picture is of the peloton cornering from Pall Mall on to Waterloo Place in London during Stage Eight of the 2018 Tour of Britain.

“I chose this particular picture but truth be told I could have picked any number of pictures from the London stages of the Tour of Britain in years gone by.  It’s a privilege to be able to have the access to shoot the riders racing through the capital city and as it usually happens on the last stage, it’s a fitting end to the Tour.

“There’s a picture to be had around every corner as the peloton do multiple laps on the circuit as they pass by one iconic landmark after another

“The fact that the circuit is on completely closed roads in one of the busiest cities on the planet means there’s always huge crowds lined along the barriers watching the racing and provides a great atmosphere to see out another year of the race.

“The shot was taken from the winners podium which gave me an elevated position to see the peloton snake their way inbetween historic buildings and thousands of spectators creating a sea of colour.”

You can find more of Alex’s work by following him on Instagram and Twitter.

London 2018

Zac Williams | SWPix | Mathieu van der Poel 2018

“This shot is from Stage Four in 2019, after Mathieu Van Der Poel won in commanding fashion up the final climb in Kendal, attacking the main group and keeling over after the finish line, truly empty after his effort.”‘

You can enjoy more of Zac’s work by finding him on Instagram.

Mathieu van der Poel

Allan McKenzie | SWPix | Bamburgh Castle 2017

“On routes from A to B, you typically do the home work and work out where the most likely spots will be for mass-participation pictures (crowds) and pretty pictures (scenic). You never know what you’re going to find when you get to either so on the day if it’s normally a crowd magnet but raining, it can be dead on arrival and you haven’t got a picture. Occasionally, even when there’s no one there, if it’s an iconic landmark, it can still make images.

“The break had already passed the castle and I’d shot that off the bike so the next job is to get at least some elevation to show the scale of the peloton and put the landmark in perspective. It’d been raining before this and luckily the sun came out a few minutes before they arrived. It made for a nice picture – it’s the obvious picture for the location but you still have to take it.”

You can find Allan on Twitter and Instagram.

Bamburgh Castle

Simon Wilkinson | SWPix | Great Britain team 2014

“Neither of the pictures are ‘award winners ‘ but few pictures win awards. For me they represent what photography is all about. Meeting interesting people, doing interesting things and having fun.

“I’d been invited to spend the day in the Great Britain Cycling Team car – front passenger seat , the best seat in the house. I’d never met Keith Lambert (the DS) before and I’d never been in a team car before.

“Keith and I hit it off from the roll out – turns out we are both from Bradford. Keith is a total legend in cycling and a brilliant bloke. Being in the team car was exhilarating.  It was without doubt the single most enjoyable day I have ever had doing my job…….Happy World Photography Day!!”

Simon’s pictures come from Stage Five of the 2014 Tour of Britain in Devon.  You can follow Simon on Twitter and Instagram, and of course see more of his work and that of the team at SWPix.com

Keith Lambert talks to Dan McLay

Keith Lambert

Rhodri Williams | Content is King | Team Sky 2018

“A rare moment of calm among the chaos outside, as fans waited for selfies with G & Froomey at the 2018 Tour of Britain.”

You can see another example of Rhodri’s work at the top of the page, capturing the final preparations of a Lotto Soudal rider moments before the 2019 time trial at Pershore.  To see more of Rhodri’s work, find him on Twitter and Instagram or visit his website.

Team Sky 2018

 

If you’d like to see more from SWPix and what goes into photographing the Tour of Britain, check out the below video from the 2018 race when we spent the day with Simon following the stage through Cumbria and the Lake District.