|British men's team cycling while on training camp (Photo: Pete Reed)|
The GB men's national team has been on a cycling training camp in South Africa as they begin the Olympic year, trading the British winter for summer in the Southern Hemisphere.
Double Olympic champion, reigning world champion, and Rio Olympic hopeful Pete Reed—a photographer when he's not holding an oar—has been documenting their experience. Below are a few photos he's posted to his Instagram account—if you're not following along already, Reed offers a unique, personal look at the Road to Rio, combining portraits of teammates with training shots and reflections on what it means to compete for a place on the Olympic team.
This is Jerry. He damaged his spine in a motorcycle accident ten years ago and walking is still painful for him. He doesn't have any medication so works as a courier for local businesses in his truck, where he can stay seated. Full of smiles and he didn't mind me taking a photo on my way to the gym this afternoon. Good luck to you Jerry. #spareathoughtforthoselessfortunate #fuji #x70
Big Moe Sbihi is a diesel locomotive. Don't get caught in his way. He's a master of absorbing all the training and being ready to go again the next day. Here he's finishing up a long ergo in the South African heat. #fuji #xt1 #56mm #blackandwhite #portrait #ergo #rowing #training #gb #olympian #diesel @MoeSbihi #focus
More from the British men's squad coming up very soon on RR, as we ask men's eight coxswain and Olympic bronze medalist Phelan Hill about his go-to drills and exercises for his crew on the water.
Title photo courtesy of Pete Reed.