I volunteered to help the organizers of El Tour de Tucson photograph their event. This is a large (9,000+ cyclist) event that raises money and awareness for various causes. It was a good exercise for me to get out of my comfort zone and do something I ordinarily wouldn't do. The first session was the dedication ceremony, which was a pretty formal affair held in a giant hall of a casino with dim and uneven lighting. The lighting was tough and pushed the limits of the NEX-6. This years event was dedicated to these two local cyclists who were struck by a car, and after serious rehabilitation, started a cyclist awareness foundation. The Expo was another big hall (but much brighter and more even lighting) where riders picked up their information and could look at offering from different booths. Yeah, there were lots of cyclists signed up. I spent a considerable amount of time photographing different booths and interactions with entrants...but my favorite booth was the Calfee booth with their stunning carbon fiber bikes. I made an attempt a quick booth portrait of the friendly and Calfee staff. People get a spot early for the century (100 mile) ride. The low light at race start (7am) was a challenge...but I managed to get one my favorite shots of the year. I like this one also A measly 4h and 7 minutes later, the winner finished the 103.5 mile course well ahead of the Peleton It was fascinating to watch the finishers-- some looked like they had just ridden around the block, while others wept or shivered uncontrollably. 2,400 riders finished the 100+mile ride, some 6 hours after the winner finished the race. As exciting as the century ride was, the 11-mile fun ride (Children and Special Olympics event ) was more fun to cover...and doesn't get the attention it deserves. The finish line was a big smile factory It was an intense weekend, but I would like to do it again. Thanks for looking!