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John’s BIG Behind the Scenes Photo Gallery

A photographer's view

Photo Gallery: John Thomson has been in his ‘photo loft’ for a good rummage through his archive again and come up with his biggest photo gallery so far. A very mixed bag; from John’s home races in Canada to the Classics and cyclocross…. Enjoy!

Take it away John: “A big mixed gallery including legends, champions, mud, dust, race fans and some behind the scenes screenshots of me shooting at races and the resulting photos. I used a zone focused Ricoh GR ll with a Canon flash for most of the shots, except for Strade Bianche, the Roubaix velodrome and some Tour of Flanders, where I used a Nikon D3. Happy cycling in 2021!”

 

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Vincenzo Nibali in Antwerp at the start of Tour of Flanders 2018 and going to ride the Giro-Tour double this year

 

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Danish and future world champion Mads Pedersen finishing 2nd at Tour of Flanders 2018

 

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Peter Sagan with mouth closed and breathing through his nose had a very good day at Tour of Flanders 2016

 

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Sagan putting the pressure on Vanmarcke and Kwiatkowski with Devolder chasing for Cancellara at Tour of Flanders 2016

 

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Marco Coledan and Zdenek Stybar at Tour of Flanders 2016

 

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Eugert Zhupa and Silvan Dillier at Tour of Flanders 2017

 

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Van Avermaet with Sagan and Naesen before the “jacket incident” at Tour of Flanders 2017

 

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Nils Politt shows the effort in a break at Tour of Flanders 2016

 

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A kid from Canada getting ready for his first monument. Recently retired Ryan Anderson in Bruges at the start of Flanders 2016

 

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Andreas Schillinger flanked by previous winners Mark Cavendish and Tyler Farrar at Scheldeprijs 2016

 

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Hoping to see more shots like this. Fabio Jakobsen at Scheldeprijs 2018

 

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Kevin Reza at GP Montreal 2017

 

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US champion in mountain biking and cyclo-cross Ryan Trebon at Yaletown GP Vancouver

 

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Canadian Ryan Roth at New West GP 2017 won the Tro-Bro Leon as well as the National Road Championships in 2012

 

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Canadian former pro cyclist and speed skater Kirsti Lay winning the New West GP 2017

 

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Vintage crash shot on film at Merritt to Kamloops stage race criterium in BC

 

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Remarkable Rwandan Adrien Niyonshuti at Quebec GP 2016

 

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Peter Sagan at Paris Roubaix 2016 has a full schedule planned for 2021

 

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Swiss champion Silvan Dillier during his great ride at Paris Roubaix 2018

 

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Sagan and Dillier on the velodrome at Paris Roubaix 2018, a popular winner and both good sportsmen

 

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German champion Andre Greipel on his gorilla bike rode to a fine 7th place at Paris Roubaix 2017

 

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Marcus Burghardt as German champion at Paris Roubaix 2018

 

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Jempy Drucker at Paris Roubaix 2018

 

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Niccolo Bonifazio in the dust at Paris Roubaix 2017

 

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Niccolo Bonifazio still in the dust at Paris Roubaix 2017

 

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Jens Keukeleire at Paris Roubaix 2018

 

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Arnaud Demare finished a fine 6th the previous year but is not happy at Paris Roubaix 2018

 

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Steven Tronet as French champion at Paris Roubaix 2016

 

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Family man Wout van Aert providing good family entertainment at Zonhoven 2018

 

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Mathieu van der Poel checking the conditions on a “warm up lap” at Hotondcross Ronse 2019

 

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Quinten Hermans as U23 European champion as the fans watch on the big screen at Overijse 2016

 

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Cameron Jette for Canada at Namur 2019

 

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The legendary Graham Watson at his last Tour of Flanders 2016 before retirement

 

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My view of the finish line from up a tree at the Roubaix velodrome

 

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Finish line shot from up a tree of Greg van Avermaet winning Paris Roubaix 2017. I wasn’t the only nut in the tree as there were two Belgians on branches above me

 

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Me at left shooting Kwiatkowski at GP Quebec

 

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World champion Michal Kwiatkowski on last lap at GP Quebec 2015

 

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Me at far right shooting GVA attacking to win GP Montreal 2016

 

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Greg van Avermaet goes for the win at GP Montreal 2016

 

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Me at upper left on my favorite corner shooting Gastown GP. Photo by Greg Descantes

 

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Svein Tuft at Gastown GP

 

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Me at bottom left shooting low angle shots between the barriers at Gastown GP. Photographer unknown

 

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Eric Young winning Gastown GP

 

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Brad Huff 2016 US criterium champion leads at Gastown GP

 

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Me getting a low angle shot of Gilbert on Mariaborrestraat at Flanders 2017

 

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Philippe Gilbert winning at Tour of Flanders 2017

 

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Me at left shooting Bardet “spray and pray” with a Nikon D3 and zone focused 20mm lens at Strade Bianche

 

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Romain Bardet riding to the podium at Strade Bianche 2018

 

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My flash at right shooting Fuglsang and Alaphilippe at Strade Bianche 2019. Packed in like sardines with all the fans

 

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Alaphilippe about to pass Fuglsang for the win at Strade Bianche 2019. The great photog Jered Gruber is kneeling centre

 

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A shot to make both Nikon and Canon fans happy. A Nikon D3 with a Canon flash in manual mode

 

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The flash indicates my position to get a low angle shot of GVA at Paris Roubaix

 

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Greg van Avermaet riding to the win at Paris Roubaix 2017 and back on a BMC bike in 2021

 

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My position at right where I shot Sagan in the dust at PRB

 

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Peter Sagan in the dust at Paris Roubaix 2017

 

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Me at right shooting Cancellara at PRB 2016

 

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Fabian Cancellara riding his final event filled Paris Roubaix in 2016

 

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Me crouching down in a crowded prime location at Overijse for close up shots of Wout

 

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Wout van Aert close up with the fans at Overijse 2016

 

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Me at left shooting MVDP at Overijse 2016

 

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Mathieu van der Poel winning at Overijse 2016

 

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Lots of room to shoot Toon at Overijse with the fans on the other side so they can watch the big screen

 

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Toon Aerts at Overijse 2018

 

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Shooting MVDP one handed at Namur. The other hand held my umbrella for most of the day

 

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Mathieu van der Poel winning at Namur 2019

 

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My flash at upper right getting low angle shots of MVDP at Essen 2016

 

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Slipped chain for MVDP at Essen 2016

 

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Mathieu van der Poel under pressure after a mechanical and chasing Wout in the rain at Essen 2016

 

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Young fans at Essen

 

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Palm stamp was used back when fans went to cross races

 

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Fans of all ages are looking forward to racing at Overijse

 

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Sanne Cant seen here at Overijse 2016 has won 12 consecutive national titles

 

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Sophie de Boer and her “mystery” bike up close with the fans at Overijse 2016

 

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Cross legends Roland Liboton and Roger de Vlaeminck at Overijse 2016. I was too much in awe to stop and chat

 

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The winning bike from Zolder covered in the original mud on display at the bike shop of Niels Albert

 

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Friendly Dutch fans offering up refreshments at Essen for medicinal purposes only

 

# Big thanks to John for a great selection of pics. You can see more HERE. #

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