Tuesday Takeover Duncan Elliott

Hi, Duncan Elliott here (@duncanelliott), Domestique have very kindly asked me to do today's #tuesdaytakeover.
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As a documentary portrait photographer, I'm always looking for interesting people to photograph and I'm fascinated by subcultures. As a keen cyclist, I was already aware of hill climbs – taking place at the end of the season, they are a time trial sprint up a steep hill with gradients averaging 10% or more. 
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It takes a certain type of person to put themselves through a grueling charge up a hill, turning themselves inside out in a battle against gravity and the clock. These images were taken just as the cyclists crossed the line, their tanks empty, gasping for air.
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This is "Rapid Rich", who's a bit of a legend in the hill climbing circles. Not only had he organised the event with @3rtcycling but he jumped on his bike and attacked the course. 
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The hill club events are organised by local clubs and can take place on public roads or closed roads raced largely by amateurs and are cheered on by cowbell-ringing, loudly cheering, locals.
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I wanted to capture the endeavour that the cyclists put themselves through. I used additional lighting to create a more dramatic scene and cropped the images tightly to really focus on the expressions of the cyclists. A race such as this is as much a battle against yourself as it is your body battling up the hill.
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