1. DO NOT pop a wheelie
Unless you’re Peter Sagan it’s never a good idea to wheelie past a camera. Ever! You’ve just ruined that photographer’s neatly composed photo. Ruined his day…No really. You might think you’re the first (and only) rider who knows how to cruise on their back wheel, one handed. You ever seen us publish a picture of anyone doing a wheelie (unless it’s functional, of course)? All of this goes for handsigns too.
2. Look the part
Kit doesn’t maketh the rider, sure, but it goes a long way to making him or her look like a pro. And that’s what you’re striving for in a photo. Make sure everything matches well and that favourite club shirt has been washed since the last muddy jaunt.
3. Corner like a pro
Photogs love to situate themselves on corners, and for good reason: the most dramatic magazine shots are often shot with wide-angled lenses on corners. There’s something special in the combo between sweeping road and agressive rider tuck. Which brings us nicely to the next point.
4. Be fast
Even if you’re in the last bunch and will come home with the sweepers on your rear wheel, when you spot a lensman squatting (or lying down, or up a tree, or on a rock) up ahead, be fast. You don’t actually have to put in a sprint effort although this, of course, will look more authentic. All you need do is tuck into an aggressive, low body position and look ahead. Always look ahead. A bit of a grimace doesn’t hurt either. Oh, and flex your calves. (Now you also know why photographers like climbs).
5. TT to glory
Sticking in the bunch might get you a PB, but it sure isn’t going to get you a spectacular race pic. To stand out, you actually have to stand out. By which I mean alone, so you’re either going to have to sprint off the front of the bunch (ala those classic Absa Cape Epic) shots, or drop off the back.
Image: HOW NOT TO DO IT – The only time we’d publish an image of a wheelie is to show what not to do in pictures, or in a how-to.