By pure coincidence as it goes, I happened to be in the right place at the right time to be part of one of the toughest sports in the world – road cycling! The Slovakia and Czech National Road Cycling Championships 2013 is an annual four day event consisting of time trials and finishes with a 198km road race round beautifully picturesque towns and villages in Slovakia. The race was won by the one and only Peter Sagan a pro-cyclist, a member of the Liquigas Cannondale Team and a true champion in the making.
It was one of those weeks when the wind was howling nonstop for days on end. So late one Friday afternoon after a hard day at work we decided to head to the coast and take advantage of this wonderful British summer weather with our cameras! Strong winds whipped at our faces and spray puffed off the ocean waves – perfect conditions for kitesurfing in Brighton. We watched as the hard-core surfers battled the blustery winds to prepare their colourful kites before braving the cold waters of the English Channel. What a shame the sea wasn’t turquoise blue and the beach wasn’t covered with beautiful girls in bikinis… perhaps another time, another place miles away from here.
With so much fun and excitement we decided to come back the following day. So very early on Saturday morning we returned to the seafront but this time round with much warmer clothes on. The sky was blue with some white puffy clouds on the horizon. With the winds still strong, once again the adrenaline driven kite surfers were out and about tackling what the rough seas of the English Channel had to offer. As they sped across the water in front of the striking backdrop of the derelict West pier and with plenty of shots in the bag we decided to head back home.
So here goes, a compilation of some of the shots taken over two days at a very windy Brighton and Hove beach, although the photos really don’t do it justice!
With gusts well over 40mph, needless to say that by the time we got home, we felt like we had just gone through a tumble dryer… on a cold setting that is!