Acclaimed SA photographer not afraid to hit the tarmac to record non-stop 48-hour cycling challengeOn 8 November, when veteran SA photographer Peter Morey takes to the road to capture a photographic record of a 48-hour non-stop marathon cycling challenge from Johannesburg to George, he’ll be hitting the tarmac and using a unique method to ensure he doesn’t miss one minute of the action.
The aim of the first Changing Diabetes Cycle Challenge, which covers approximately 1265km, is to raise funds to provide treatment for underprivileged youngsters living with this chronic condition.
Peter Morey says while photographing such an event would normally entail sitting as a passenger on the back of a motor-bike or in a car, he’ll be riding his own motorbike solo with a camera strapped onto it.
"Riding solo allows me more control as I can get in close, change the position of the camera or the angle without having to rely on giving somebody else instructions,’ he explains.
During the non-stop event, Morey will be using two cameras to capture close up and long distance shots for both still photography and video footage.
Morey is looking forward to the three day event, but knows that like the 16 cyclists, he’ll face his own risks and challenges en route.
These include fatigue, overcoming any adverse road and weather conditions, regularly stopping ahead of the cyclists to take pictures and then catching up with them again as well as uploading images and sending them to the media every day.
"I’m expecting it to be tough and demanding, but I know the cyclists will also be putting in a lot of work. I hope I’ll be able to find some time for a power nap or two in between," he quips.
Never one to be deterred by challenges in his 21 years as a professional photographer, Morey knows the possible risks of motorbiking while clicking away, but says it helps that he’s an accomplished biker and that he has successfully used this method to cover other sporting action events without any mishaps.
According to Novo Nordisk, the company sponsoring the event, around 3.5 million South Africans are living with diabetes, of which only half have been diagnosed.
Among the cyclists raising awareness of diabetes during the event is legendary former Springbok rugby player, Joel Stransky and young Danzil Afrika, a member of the C4D cycling (Cycle4Diabetes) team established by George-based GP Dr Jacques van Staden.
Keen cyclist Danzil, who lives in an informal settlement in Oudtshoorn, wants children from disadvantaged communities to have reliable access to the diabetes medication they need in order to lead normal, active and healthy lives.