Both Photos © Ben Ingham
Rwandans of all ages and walks of life lined the route to watch the race (left). A rider attacks a climb on a rainy day (right).
challenge was figuring out where to shoot the cyclists
during the race in order to get different vantage points.
Ingham explains, “I need to be in a position where I
am free in both senses of the word. I want to [be able
to] jump on a motorbike, if I can find one, or hop in and
out of available cars as well as be spontaneous with
clear vision and no expectations of what I ‘should’
photograph, just watch the human story.”
It was a documentary approach to covering the
race, and sometimes, the conditions were a challenge.
He recalls a memorable day when he rode on the back
of a motorcycle alongside cyclists, making pictures in
the rain. At one point he changed out the film in his
Leica camera, while still on the motorcycle, wearing
just shorts and a T-shirt, with his gear in a bag on his
shoulder. “I was just thinking to myself: This is a really
stupid thing to be doing; you are no hero. But then you
see the picture happening before your eyes and you
forget about being scared.”
The shot he’s referring to is a moody image that
evokes the feeling of a rainy day, with trees reflecting