Expanding Directions

29th May 2011
After much deliberation I have decided to expand my portfolio of images to include sports photography. Anyone who has looked at my website and looked at my history will know that for over twenty years, with a couple of breaks, I have been involved with cycling. I started at a fairly late age, about 20, when one of my work colleagues introduced me too North Notts Olympic Road Club. I really enjoyed my time here and progressed from riding an old Dawes Edge bike to having a custom built Dave Lloyd. And eventually these lead me to getting the Time trialists Holy Grail and getting under the hour for twenty five miles. Eventually we moved from the Mansfield area and after a particularly hard season I lost the appetite for getting on the bike anymore.

I can’t remember why I went back to the bike, I suppose once a cyclist always a cyclist! I know that to keep fit and being short of time I had been doing a fair amount of running when I didn’t have the time to get out on the bike. I was also juggling this with wildlife photography!

At some point I had seen the Carsington Duathlon advertised and a run bike run seemed the natural progression. I really enjoyed these and again the next progression seemed to be to do the full triathlon, only problem, I couldn’t do front crawl! So swimming lessons followed, and from my first lesson where kicking with the board saw me actually going backwards due to me totally inflexible ankles, I managed to get down to a reasonable eight minutes for four hundred metres. With the support of Lincoln Triathlon Club who I joined, I competed for a couple of years and finally finished off with a half iron man, the Vitruvian at Rutland Water.

I think this really lead to burn out for me. I had gone from a couple of runs and a bike per week to nine training sessions. When I wasn’t training I was thinking about when I could train! My photography also became completely neglected. So, I had to put a stop to the triathlon and try and work out some sort of balance. Hopefully I have now achieved this.

I am now a member of Desperate Measures. This is principally a cycling team set up by my mate and also ex North Notts rider Mark Pashley. There are only about eight of us and we have little organisation, which is probably how we like it! We do however have a Qatar branch of the club (my brother who now works out there). We tend to do a mixture of events, non-too seriously.

This leads me onto the decision to include some sports photography on my website. I will probably manage around ten events per year. Starting with time trials and road races with Mountain bike, duathlon and triathlon to follow. I think I am in a unique position having competed in all these events to know where the best shots are to be had and hopefully the riders will appreciate this when they see the images. It will also make a nice change to know that I’m guaranteed to get the shot and won’t have to where camouflage clothing!

Keep dropping in on the site to see new wildlife imagery and some stunning sports photography at www.scotttilleyphotography.co.uk

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