"Tour For Life" is a sports challenge for teams that want to promote and financially support the humanitarian work of "Artsen Zonder Grenzen" (Médecins Sans Frontières - Doctors Without Borders).
In September 2013, I covered the first ever Belgian edition of this 8-day bicycle tour from the Italian Alps to Belgium. It was an ambitious and challenging cycling adventure (with stages of +170km and many climbs).
We followed roads of bicycling legend, including Cols of Lautaret, L'Alpe d'Huez, Croix de Fer, Madeleine, French Jura and Lorraine countryside,Grand Ballon, steep hills in the Ardennes and roads of the Tour of Flanders.
Tour for Life 2013 really did not have any luck with the weather: cold and rain followed us the whole week, with only occasionally some short periods of sun.
Daily photos were selected, processed and uploaded while on the road (connection permitting). After the Tour, I decided to keep the experience as-is, with no additional processing work.
Check out the Tour's website and facebook pages for more updates, daily video and photos: www.tourforlife.be and http://www.facebook.com/TourforLifeBE
The new edition of the website contains my 2013 photos as backgrounds and illustrations.
Shots 1-24: Prep Day. Shots 25-74: Alps Classic. Shots 75-123: Etape Reine. Shots 124-187: Panorama. Shots 188-236: Jura. Shots 237-283: Vosges. Shots 284-305: Lorraine.
On the sixth day of the event, I photographed less riders than usual, because we concentrated on the volunteers who make it all happen "behind the scenes".
Check out some of their activities and a few portraits in the PEOPLE gallery: http://roelh.zenfolio.com/p895456873 More shots in the TFL facebook galleries.
Shots 306-360: Ardennes. Shots 361-end: arrival on the Muur of Geraardsbergen (main focus of that final day of riding).