Category Archives: cyclocross

Outdoor Sports Stock Photography

For those working in the Outdoor Sports market, getting a source of stock photography can be difficult.  There are lots of outdoor sports photographers out there, but many just take images they can sell to the competitors, these tend to be very personal shots capturing the individual rather than the the atmosphere of the event or sport. Racing Snakes has now added a Gallery of photos suitable for Outdoor Sports Stock Photography. The album of stock photography can be found here Outdoor Sports Photography 

Ricky Lightfoot, 3 peaks winner 2014

3 Peaks fell race winner Ricky Lightfoot summiting Ingleborough, available in the Stock Photography section

In addition to the stock photography Racing Snakes Photography service can also be hired to take Outdoor Sports  brand, individual and event photography. Advanced booking essential as many events book 12 months in advance.

Racing Snakes specialises in outdoor sports such as Cycling Sportives, Ultra running events, Trail Running Events, Mountain Marathons, Mountain Bike Events and Adventure Racing. Clients have included the Wasdale triathlon (the hardest triathlon in the World), The Spine Race (Britains most Brutal ultra race), Open Cycling organisers of ‘Coast to Coast’ and ‘Wales in  a Day’, Patagonia (Sponsors of the Fellsman), Etape Du Dales (Iconic Yorkshire Sportive), Inov8 athletes retreat, Salomon athletes retreat, Sky Running UK, Ilkley Triathlon, Rather be Cycling,

Other events also covered  have included the 3 Peaks Fell Race, The 3 Peaks Cyclocross, The Fellsman, V3k.

Sports Event Photography 2017

The benefits of having professional sports event photography and media of your event is essential to any well run event. A professional service for your sports event not only brings back memories but also provides future marketing material. It also brings added benefits for sponsors and supporters. There are some professional photography services that take images of competitors but offer little else, read on to see why racingsnakes photography offers much more for you and your sports event.

Event Photography

Photograph of sports event showing watermarked logo on image

Event Photography

The are many options for getting the most out of your images and depending on the sporting event and sponsors requirements these do vary. Racingsnakes can provide advice on what will work best for your event, this maybe to maximise reach of the sports event using social media or maintaining that valuable relationship you have with your sponsors and supporters.

Event photography can be broken down into two types, ‘photos of people’ and ‘photos for marketing’. Here at racing snakes photography, both types are catered for.
People Photography – There are some event photography services that stand in one place (usually at the side of a road) and take similar images of every athlete. They don’t like to venture to far from their cars! Fine for some, and they do sell to athletes that just want a picture of themselves competing in the sports event on the day. The other and prefered option of racingsnakes is to get athletes in the best location on the course. This maybe a climb or descent on a sportive with a great backdrop or mountainous checkpoint on a ultra run with moody skies that reflects the true feeling of an event.
Marketing Photography – This is very different from the ‘athlete running shot’. If you are planning on expanding your event or just need professional photographs of your event for flyers, banners and your website. Athlete photos are fine for the individual but often these lack the requirements of capturing the bigger picture and perhaps the key selling point of the sports event.

Escape to Gisburn Mountain Bike Enduro photos

Images provided for Escape Bike shop for the Escape to Gisburn Enduro race

Share The Love – The Racingsnakes Photostore

Having great imagery for the athletes and yourself is just the start of it. You will need a way to be able to share the images and more. Here at Racingsnakes there are great professional options for doing just this.
Share the professional sports photography on the photostore. This allows for images to be instantly downloaded or prints ordered, but that’s not all. Voucher codes can be used and prices set for each gallery of images, so depending on your needs you might wish to choose to offer your competitors free images.
The photostore allows for other professional photographers to also upload their images from the sports event and sell within the photostore making sure all the images from the event are kept in one place and easy to find.

Racingsnakes uses professional Nikon photographic equipment

Clients of racingsnakes professional sports event photography include;

Open Cycling
The Montane Spine
Patagonia UK
Rather Be Cycling


forest with runner, sunlight, event photography, spine race

Event photography for The Montane Spine Race



Rapha Supercross Skipton

Rapha Supercross cyclocross race

Photos now available on

cyclocross skipton

Cyclocross photos from Broughton Hall Rapha Supercross cyclocross race, Skipton 2013 will be posted on racingsnakes.  Saturday 19 October 2013 sees the first of the three race series of Rapha Supercross cyclocross racing.  The cyclocross race will take place in the grounds of the majestic Broughton Hall near Skipton. Racing snakes will be to take photos.  The pics will be available to buy in high res. Cyclocross is off road cycle racing, the bikles used are very similar to road bikes in that they have dropped handlebars and the same size wheels as road cycling.  A lot of cyclocross bikes are now using disk brakes (similar to those found on some mountain bikes) over rim brakes.  The clearance between the frame and the wheels tends to be greater than found on road bikes to allow the wheels to shed the mud.  The tyre size is slightly wider than on a road bike.  Some of the newer bikes will have 22 gears and tend to be easier gearing for climbing the steep hills.  Frame size tends to be slightly smaller than road bikes to allow the riders better control.

rapha cyclocross skipton

There are a number of races taking place from kids races to the high energy elete mens races.  For the first time there is also a womens race.  There is also a fun race with added obstacles including the ‘Spiral of Doom’ and the ‘wall of foam’.  Entry to the event for the spectators is free and as well as the racing there will be music and refreshments.  The fun starts at 10:15 with the under 10 and 12 year olds races.  The mens elite mens starts at 1.30pm and the “fun” race starts at 2:30pm.  There is guarenteed to be spills and thrills galore and the event will be well attended.

The racers get little rest as the next in the series is the following day at Phillips Park in Manchester with a similar itinary.  The final race in the series heads South to Alexandra Palace, London on 27 October.

3 peaks cyclocross photos

3 Peaks Cyclocross Photos

3 peaks cyclocross photos. On Sunday 29 September 2013 I was planning to be taking pictures / photos of the 3 peaks cyclocross. This will not now happen as I received a last minute booking to photograph the Wasdale Triathlon event, Sorry I will be missing the race, but I am really pleased to have been booked to take photo’s of the hardest half ironman in the world! 

Last year I took photos of the three peaks cyclocross in terrible conditions, there was a strong wind blowing a Hooleyand the rain was torrential, preventing rain on the lense was a challenge. It was a tough day for all the riders and the marshalls.The 3 peaks cyclocross pictures from 2012 can be seen here.

3 Peaks Cyclocross race 2012

The race will start from Helwith Bridge, North Yorkshire at 09:30am (on the outskirts of Horton in Ribblesdale). The three peaks cyclocross race is being billed as the toughest and longest cyclocross race in the UK if not the World, and few would argue against this.  The 3 peaks cyclocross race is 38 miles long (61 kilometers) with 5000 feet of ascent (1524 meters).  The riders first head out from Helwith Bridge through Horton in Ribblesdale and head towards the Ribblehead viaduct before turning off towards Gill Garth Farm, this first section is controlled by the race directors car, and all riders must follow the car.  After here the race starts proper, the hill kicks up and there is an evil climb up the side of Ingleborough, which includes getting over a stile.  Once Ingleborough is summited the riders descend to coldcotes.  This section has bike eating bogs, and often a rider can be seen after flying through the air bikeless!

From Coldcotes the 3 peaks cyclocross riders progress on the road to just before the Hill Inn, a left turn is taken along an asphalted farm track towards the next off road section at the foot of Whernside.  The three peaks cyclocross riders will the be carrying their bikes up the steep off road section, up stone steps on the rough track before the fitter riders get back on their cyclocross bikes to ride along the shoulder of Whernside and start the descent.  The descent is for the brave, the track has drainage troughs running diagnally across the track, along with slippy stone flags.  More than one rider will puncture going down here, and there is usually a gathering of wheel men (support crew, with spare wheels at hand) at the bottom of the descent for the quick wheel change.

Three peaks cyclocross events photos

The 3 peaks cyclocross riders then pass under the famous and impressive Ribblehead viaduct, before rejoining the road to head back to Horton Ribblesdale.  One more hill to go, this is an out and back for the cyclocross riders, up Penyghent and back down.  Often you will see close calls here!  By this I mean a slower rider struggling going up hill with a racing snake descending at full speed and meeting on a corner!  Once back down to the road a couple of miles sprint back along the road to finish line at Helwith Bridge.

Three Peaks Cyclocross Photos.