Shoot the Cigar City Crit

A criterium is bike race held on a short course, usually a few blocks of closed city streets. The Cigar City Criterium (Tampa Bay Crit) runs all day, starting with amateur races in the morning and culminating in the amateur and pro final races starting at 5:30.

This is an opportunity for great action shots. The pack rides tightly together; a long focal length can compress the appearance of the pack for impressive shots. Corners are sharp and the cyclists bank heavily, creating opportunities for great actions shots, whether frozen with fast shutter speeds or blurred with panning. And the clothing is colorful; close-ups are eye-catching.

Download the course map, which shows all the parking, fencing, cross-over points and expo locations at The best location for action shots will be the corner of Tampa Street and Polk. There is a minimum of fencing there, so changing your point-of-view will be relatively easy.

I'm planning on arriving for 4:30 to get oriented, browse the expo and be present for the hand-cycling competition. We'll stay through the championship races, which end at 8:00.

We will meet at the southwest corner of North Tampa and East Polk at 5:30. For those new to the sport, I can give some explanations and suggest shooting strategies. Since the races are multi-lap, there will be plenty of opportunity to experiment.

My number is (727)[masked], in case you need it.

(The morning amateur races will be held in Curtis Hixon Park, which at 11:00 also becomes the venue for the Mayor's River of Green Fest.)

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Did anyone make it out and shoot this event this past March 16th?

    October 22, 2013

  • Pam

    Was a great event, however sorry I did not connect with the group. I stayed at the start finish line with my friend who competed in the hand cycling event. I got to meet a lot of his paralyzed veteran friends and these guys are truly inspirational. If you got any great shoots of #450 from that race hit me up! Thanks, Pam

    March 17, 2013

    • Mike

      I saw him several times, but didn't get any shots. Seemed like a strong competitor, for sure.

      March 17, 2013

  • Humberto R.

    The Evnt was Great, Sorry I could not stay longer, Had an emergency at home, I was there from 1pm to 4pm, Loved the the High energy of the event.

    March 16, 2013

  • Pam

    My friend Scott is racing in the hand cycling event! He is a world para-olympian!

    March 13, 2013

    • Mike

      Excellent. Be sure to share his number so that we can see about getting some shots of him.

      March 13, 2013

    • Pam

      I will have to txt it to you. They go out for Race at 4:45. Txt me at[masked]-4402. Thx, Pam

      March 16, 2013

  • Helga J

    sorry feeling a bit under the weather, better to stay home.

    March 16, 2013

  • andrea b.


    March 13, 2013

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