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Ironman France – Nice

The French Riviera is no stranger to international events (the Cannes Film Festival and Monaco Grand Prix are but two of many) and last weekend, triathletes from all over the world came to the South of France as Nice hosted Ironman France 2012.

I was not the only photographer to be disappointed by Lance Armstrong’s no-show, but spent a full-on day nonetheless balancing on the back of a press motorbike, chasing triathletes around the hills of Provence.

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A triathlete passes poppies on the bike course of Ironman France 2012

Portrait of Chrissie Wellington

Chrissie Wellington is the current world Ironman champion and, unbeaten in her 13 Ironman races, queen of long distance triathlon. Last summer, I travelled from Nice to Nuremberg, Germany, to interview her and photograph her preparation, public appearances and performance at the Challenge Roth triathlon. On race day, she broke yet another a world record. Here is my multimedia portrait of Chrissie. Continue reading…

Chrissie Wellington taking a moment to focus before the Challenge Roth triathlon, 10 July 2011