As part of Ashford Photographic Society's partnership with Givaudan, we were asked if we could photograph the homecoming. Adrian Aslett and Martin Till responded to the request and attended on the day to capture the event.
The cycling team being: Mike Cullen, Gary Nicholson, Tracey Dray, Simon Jones, Martin Blades, Andre Stiffell, Kevin Beardwell, Tony Britton and newbies Martin Murphy and Damir Hess, ably supported by Simon Clifton and Roy Fulcher as the Support Crew.
The team started training early in the year but can anything really prepare you for 900 miles in 9 days – 2 days cycling over the Pyrennes - then the full length of France, back via the tunnel to complete a pot-holed sprint to Ashford?
With the full support of friends, family, colleagues plus employee match funding by Givaudan, the team have raised almost £25,000 to share between KAB and Pilgrims Hospices.
Adrian and Martin started by positioning themselves by the finishing line; Adrian chose to shoot with a 70-200 lens and martin a 16-36, to capture different perspectives.
|Approaching the line by Adrian Aslett|
|Crossing the line by Martin Till|
Staff were on hand to cheer the cyclists home and join them in a barbecue. Despite the cool and breezy conditions, there was a good turn out and an opportunity for some more informal shots.
|Jonathan Fairlcough's homecoming speech by Martin Till|
|A very British barbecue by Adrian Aslett|
|'I did it' by Adrian Aslett|
|Feeling proud by Martin Till|
|The KAB stall by Adrian Aslett|
|Accepting the applause by Adrian Aslett|
|Family moment by Adrian Aslett|
|Final group shot by Adrian Aslett|
Adrian and Martin then headed indoors to the massage table.
|Andre Stiffell enjoing both a hot dog and a calf massage by Adrian Aslett|
The event was wrapped up with a presentation of a bottle of champagne to each cyclist.
|The team by Martin Till|
As club members it's not very often we get taken out of our comfort zone to photograph an event of this type. Adrian and Martin were able to provide over one hundred photographs from the shoot. They had a lot of fun and Givaudan were very happy with the results.
I would encourage all members to take part in such events if the opportunity arises.