2013 has definitely been one of the most important years in my life. So many things have happened, so many things have changed in my life profoundly, so many memories and wonderful people, it has been incredible all year.
Probably the biggest change was that I left Evans Cycles at the beginning of the cyclocross season and I decided to become a full time, freelance photographer. It had been a goal of mine since 2006, when I realised how much fun cycling photography was and I have made this move.
While for many, it’s a natural thing, I have always worked in a proper, 9-5 job, received a pay check on the 1st of every month and enjoyed the security of it. Being a freelance photographer is a thrilling perspective, with all its challenges, too. It is early days but things are looking good.
I was a busy year and I was lucky to be a part of a few really great projects. One was probably following Sir Chris Hoy through his launch UK tour of his bike brand, HOY Bikes. We toured the width and breadth of the country in six, action-packed days, meeting thousands of fans of his. It’s been really interesting to see a proper celebrity from this close and experience not only the way people go bonkers when they meet or see him, but also how coolly he responds to these situations and how humble and down-to-earth he remained in spite of all the attention and hype.
Last, but definitely not least, I’ve met the wonderful and awesome Katie, who makes me smile and supports my crazy habit of going to Belgium every weekend during the winter without complaints. While it is not directly linked to cycling or photography, meeting someone this awesome was definitely one, if not THE key moment of the season.
I am looking forward to 2014, what it will bring, but before the year ends, there is one more post is due, tomorrow: the best cyclocross photos.