Graham Watson – Cycling from Behind the Lens

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After always seeing him wiz by on the back of a moto bike snapping away during a race, I had the opportunity to pin Graham Watson down here at the last race of the season. It may come as a surprise but most often than not we do not stay in the same hotels throughout the year, so when we were I took the opportunity to have a chat. And just as expected through out his colourful 37 years of taking photo’s of the sport of cycling he has some fantastic insights to all the eras he’s been though during his time in the Peloton. Its great to hear things about the world of cycling from someone who is right there with us on the road, yet shares a different view.

Mario Scirea gives Stefano Giuliani a lift in the 1997 Tour of Spain

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Andre Tchmil in the 2001 Paris – Roubaix

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Alan Davis crowd surfing 2009 Tour Down Under

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Mario Cipollini smokes a cigarette during a stage of the 1994 Paris Nice

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Sean Yates in the 1993 Paris – Roubaix

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Armstrong & Ullrich in the 2001 Tour De France

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Laurent Fignon at the end of the 1989 Tour De France

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Greg Lemond on his way to winning the 1989 Tour De France

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Greg Lemond after winning the the 1989 Tour De France

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8 comments

  1. Christine · October 29

    Thanks Mitch for a really interesting interview with Graham Watson. Such an interesting, extremely talented but quite humble man. I could have just listened to Graham’s stories all day. He plays down how hard his job is but sitting on a motorbike for all those hours, in all conditions and getting those money shots would not be easy but he obviously has such a passion for his work and it shows in his photographs. Thanks again Mitch.

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  2. lifeinthepeloton · October 29

    Fantastic, glad you enjoyed it. Same with me, i could have chatted to him a lot longer!

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  3. Another fascinating insight to the peleton – loved it

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  5. Stewart Harper · November 24

    So I only discovered this podcast last week – call me a late adopter! I have binge listened to every episode and now realise there’s a few gaps between episodes, so guess I’ll be playing the waiting game until the next episode is uploaded…

    Every episode has been absolutely fascinating but this one in particular – Graeme knows his subject matter so well and is such a passionate photographer that it clearly shows in his photos. Would love to spend a day in his world.

    Glad to see your recovery has gone well Mitch, good luck in the offy and I look forward to following your racing next season. Loved the piece you recently did with cycling central on how the crash has changed your perspective – best of luck with those goals mate, we really hope to see you at the pointy end of the races.

    Keep rocking mate, enjoy your journey and best of luck.

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    • lifeinthepeloton · November 25

      Wow, fantastic that you enjoyed going through all the episodes! I have big plans for next season with the podcast, so yes unfortunately you will have to wait until the kick off of the 2015 season before the next epp will be up. cheers

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  6. Mike Yee · March 13

    Mitch and Graham, thank you for sharing this entertaining chat. It’s made my Monday nights ironing a lot more pleasurable.
    I listened though knowing that Graham has since retired across the ditch… A well earned retirement awaits… No doubt he has more time for a chat but I guess your paths won’t be crossing so much either.

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