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It’s been a real treat to work for Ironman at a number of their European races this summer. They seem to be one of the few companies that really understand the value of great photography and their brief of “make our races look awesome” is music to any sports photographer’s ears. Copenhagen last weekend was my favourite yet; a perfect sunrise, picturesque bike course and interesting city run made for a great day.

COPENHAGEN, DENMARK - AUGUST 23: An athlete puts on his goggles before warming up ahead of the swim leg of the Ironman Copenhagen race on August 23, 2015 in Copenhagen, Denmark.  (Photo by Harry Engels/Getty Images for Ironman) COPENHAGEN, DENMARK - AUGUST 23:  An athlete warms up ahead of the swim leg of the Ironman Copenhagen race on August 23, 2015 in Copenhagen, Denmark.  (Photo by Harry Engels/Getty Images for Ironman) COPENHAGEN, DENMARK - AUGUST 23:  Athletes compete in the swim leg during the Ironman Copenhagen race on August 23, 2015 in Copenhagen, Denmark.  (Photo by Harry Engels/Getty Images for Ironman) COPENHAGEN, DENMARK - AUGUST 23: An athlete competes in the swim leg during the Ironman Copenhagen race on August 23, 2015 in Copenhagen, Denmark.  (Photo by Harry Engels/Getty Images for Ironman) COPENHAGEN, DENMARK - AUGUST 23: An athlete runs up the ramp after exiting the water during the Ironman Copenhagen race on August 23, 2015 in Copenhagen, Denmark.  (Photo by Harry Engels/Getty Images for Ironman) COPENHAGEN, DENMARK - AUGUST 23: (Editor's Note: This image has been converted to black and white) An athlete competes in the bike leg during the Ironman Copenhagen race on August 23, 2015 in Copenhagen, Denmark.  (Photo by Harry Engels/Getty Images for Ironman) COPENHAGEN, DENMARK - AUGUST 23:  An athlete competes in the bike leg during the Ironman Copenhagen race on August 23, 2015 in Copenhagen, Denmark.  (Photo by Harry Engels/Getty Images for Ironman) COPENHAGEN, DENMARK - AUGUST 23:  An athlete competes in the bike leg during the Ironman Copenhagen race on August 23, 2015 in Copenhagen, Denmark.  (Photo by Harry Engels/Getty Images for Ironman) COPENHAGEN, DENMARK - AUGUST 23: An athlete competes in the run leg during the Ironman Copenhagen race on August 23, 2015 in Copenhagen, Denmark.  (Photo by Harry Engels/Getty Images for Ironman) COPENHAGEN, DENMARK - AUGUST 23:  Athletes compete in the run leg during the Ironman Copenhagen race on August 23, 2015 in Copenhagen, Denmark.  (Photo by Harry Engels/Getty Images for Ironman) COPENHAGEN, DENMARK - AUGUST 23:  (Editor's Note: This image has been converted to black and white) An athlete competes in the run leg during the Ironman Copenhagen race on August 23, 2015 in Copenhagen, Denmark.  (Photo by Harry Engels/Getty Images for Ironman) COPENHAGEN, DENMARK - AUGUST 23:  Michelle Vesterby of Denmark pours beer over herself after winning the Women's Ironman Copenhagen race in a time of 8.59.49 on August 23, 2015 in Copenhagen, Denmark.  (Photo by Harry Engels/Getty Images for Ironman) *** Local Caption *** Michelle Vesterby

Had a great afternoon covering the Ride London Surrey Classic for Getty Images last weekend. I ride out to Surrey a lot on my bike so it made a nice change to cover a race on roads I know well. In the end, a late break went clear and it was Jean Pierre Drucker of BMC who won the sprint on The Mall.

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 02: The peloton rides in the Surrey hills during the Prudential RideLondon Surrey Classic, a 200km route through London and Surrey, on August 2, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Harry Engels/Getty Images) LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 02:  Sir Bradley Wiggins of Team Wiggins rides during the Prudential RideLondon Surrey Classic, a 200km route through London and Surrey, on August 2, 2015 in London, England.  (Photo by Harry Engels/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Bradley Wiggins LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 02: The peloton rides past St Barnabas' Church on Ranmore Common during the Prudential RideLondon Surrey Classic, a 200km route through London and Surrey, on August 2, 2015 in London, England.  (Photo by Harry Engels/Getty Images) LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 02: The peloton climbs Box Hill during the Prudential RideLondon Surrey Classic, a 200km route through London and Surrey, on August 2, 2015 in London, England.  (Photo by Harry Engels/Getty Images) LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 02:  The peloton rides in the Surrey hills during the Prudential RideLondon Surrey Classic, a 200km route through London and Surrey, on August 2, 2015 in London, England.  (Photo by Harry Engels/Getty Images) Prudential RideLondon Surrey Classic

Last weekend 4 members of the RCC, Russ, Walter, Leon and Justin, attempted to complete the Rapha Rising challenge (9366m vertical metres in 9 days) all at once, on Firle Beacon down in Sussex. 1.3km, 130m ascent. Up, down. Up, down. 72 times. Crazy, but quite the challenge. Find out how they got on in this interview with the guys on the Rapha blog and below are some pictures from a long day on a hill.

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Effortless style in Italy last weekend

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