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MS-150 Photo Shoot

The MS-150 is a cycling event that raises funds to further research into cures for multiple sclerosis.

The cyclists start from one of three locations:
- Tully Stadium - Dairy Ashford @ I-10
- Rhodes Stadium - Katy
- Waller Stadium - Waller

The route covers between 140 and 170 miles through Bellville, Fayetteville, and La Grange on the first day, through Bastrop and ending in Austin on the second day. Additional route details can be found at:

This photo shoot will focus on day 1 at 4 specific locations:
- Tully Stadium - Start (6:45 am)
- Bellville - Lunch (candid photography)
- Independence - En Route (scenic opportunity)
- La Grange - Finish for day 1 (candid photography)

To help plan, here are GPS coordinates that work in Google Maps:
- Tully Stadium:[masked],[masked]
- Bellville:[masked],[masked]
- Industry/New Ulm:[masked],[masked]
- La Grange:[masked],[masked]

Parking at the start and lunch are in controlled areas. Use the GPS coordinates and route maps to identify where the parking areas are. Parking at Industry/New Ulm is roadside. Parking in La Grange is a combination of controlled areas and roadside. La Grange is the most difficult area.

The start is at 6:45 AM, so photographers need to be there in plenty of time to park, walk and get into position to shoot when the event begins. The most experienced riders will lead off, so many of the best shots can be had with their groups.

Will post other location time estimates as well as rules and etiquette in the comments section.

Depending on what you want to photograph, this event can involve lots of driving, especially on back roads (discussed later). Having a dedicated GPS isn't essential, but is a huge help. Cell phone GPS is also good until you get into areas with weak coverage.

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  • Mark R.

    For time estimates, we'll plan to arrive in Bellville around 9:30, and the Independence/New Ulm location around 11:30.

    From there, we can visit Fayetteville on the way to La Grange. There may be a fair number of spectators cheering the riders on in Fayetteville.

    April 18, 2013

  • Jerome M.

    What part of Rhodes Stadium will we meet?

    April 18, 2013

    • Mark R.

      I'd planned to begin at the Tully Stadium start. We can change to Rhodes if that's better... In either case, we should meet at the starting line and find a position from there.

      I'll provide my cell number in an email so we can link up.

      April 18, 2013

  • Mark R.

    I will be hosting as many photographers as would like to follow my progress through the course. I support Team Charleen, and will coordinate the timing at the locations to coincide with their schedule. The difference is that Team Charleen is starting in Waller, whereas we will start at Tully (closer to Houston). I'll post estimated times at each location as soon as I check my notes.

    April 18, 2013

  • Mark R.


    There is going to be a lot of driving into rural areas, particularly on back roads (to avoid the cyclists).

    There are few gas stations, and fewer restaurants, especially on weekends.

    Start the day with a full tank of gas.

    Bring some food and plenty of water. Staying hydrated is a real challenge on an event like this. While there are rest areas for cyclists along the route, those are reserved for the cyclists. Photographers and support teams have cars and should bring their own supplies.

    There is almost no shade along the route, so bring adequate sun screen and clothing.

    April 18, 2013

  • Mark R.


    Getting a great shot makes getting close to the riders very tempting. Unfortunately, photographers cannot judge distance well through a lens, and cyclists are both busy watching other things, tired, and sometimes they get into a zone. Photographers should avoid standing on the roadway. Instead, bring your long lens. In addition to letting you get in close, it also creates a very nice depth-of-field with blurred bokeh in the background.

    April 18, 2013

  • Mark R.


    For those not familiar with a cycling event, I'd like to share a few things that should make life easier on all involved.

    Back roads: The cyclists will use public roads that are not closed to regular traffic. However, the fewer cars on those roads, the safer the ride for the cyclists. As such, it is strongly recommended to use back roads wherever possible. The two places where that it unavoidable are Bellville and La Grange. Please use caution and yield to cyclists if there are no police controlling traffic.

    Traffic rules: Cyclists follow the same rules as car traffic. They are supposed to stop for traffic lights and stop signs. Tired riders sometimes don't stop as they should, so please assume they won't and yield, just in case.

    April 18, 2013

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