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Photographer Gary Main – “My Favourite Photographs”

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Here at VeloVeritas we’re pleased to inform you that we’ve hooked up with ace cycling snapper, Gary Main.

You may already have seen some of his images in our Mark Stewart and Dan Bigham interviews?

We thought it might be a good introduction to his work for our readers if he picked out some of his favourite shots for us – over to you, Mr. Main…

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“These photos are probably not always my best work but they all mean something special to me; I’ll do my best to explain.”

Alex Dowsett

Gary Main
Photo©Gary Main

“This first one is Alex in action at the British TT champs at Cadwell Park in Lincolnshire. I come from Grimsby and my dad use to take me there as a kid to watch the motorbike races. I wanted to get away from everyone else and saw this road that links the circuit to the main road. The light was good and I got down into a small hollow and took my first top pro rider picture. And Alex is a nice bloke. It was a half-decent camera but a good lens and I’m still really happy with this image.”

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Wiggins and Stevie

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Photo©Gary Main

“Bradley Wiggins and Steve Cummings in the Tour of Britain near Liverpool. This is still one of my favourite shots. Wiggins is pointing to the Wirral and Stevo is having a laugh with him.”

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Jon Dibben

Gary Main
Photo©Gary Main
Gary Main
Photo©Gary Main

Jon is the World Points Champion, London 2016. This was one of those points races where you have enough time to figure out in your own time what is going on. With 20 or so laps left I was bouncing – I realised that if he won the last sprint he would be world champion. If you watch the last 10 minutes, he just rode away from them. I was in tears. I was in the crowd for this one; it still brings back goosebumps.

“The two pictures show his coach – [the now sacked Heiko Salzwedel, ed.] – and the look of pride on his face; and Jon’s face is everything a photo to me should be about. I met Jon coming back from Doha and spoke to him about this and he talked me though that race. Again, a nice bloke with time for some middle aged snapper talking to him. Just watch the last ten or so minutes on YouTube and you’ll see what I mean – awesome.”

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Dan Fleeman

Gary Main
Photo©Gary Main
Gary Main
Photo©Gary Main

“This is Dan at the Melton Classic and it was my first time working with a team. The ‘finger’ shot is not a technically good shot but Metaltek boss Andy Swain and his team were not going to be beaten by anyone that day. The amount of hard work and logistics they put in to this race was impressive. Dan is a friend of mine and the second shot shows how much the win meant to him. ‘Can you sprint?’ asked the Aussie, ‘no’ said Dan – priceless. A local team winning one of the hardest British races against the best opposition.”

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Sagan and Cavendish

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Photo©Ga