‘The Ultimate Job’ competition finalists

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While I was riding my bike around Japan last week (yeah, tough gig) hundreds of you were hard at work getting your applications together for “The Ultimate Job”. For those of you that missed it, we’re sending a team of two to the Tour de France with Bikestyle Tours to report on the spectacle from a fan’s perspective. Yes, another tough gig.

First and foremost, I’d like to thank every single one of you that took the time and effort to submit an application. I was thrilled to see each submission come through and it blew me away to see the creativity and effort behind each one.

This week we’ve spent a considerable amount of time going through all the outstanding applications and have picked a handful that are in the running.

The following submissions have caught our eye because of the creativity that went into them, and even more so because they gave us confidence that their style of content is achievable. Not only that, but these entries were within the framework of what we can publish on our platform.

Some of the submissions that didn’t make it were absolutely superb, but perhaps too polished and unrealistic to produce in the Tour de France environment.

Here are the submissions that have caught our attention and give us the confidence that an awesome job will be done. Who to choose?

Chris Riordan

Paul Le Fevre and Franc Tomsic

What we would bring to Cycling Tips at the Tour de France:

– Lots of very dry humour
– Plenty of overseas travel experience
– Creative and accurate writing skills
– Total enthusiasm – we love cycling to death
– We both have high quality SLR cameras and would hire or buy a suitable HD camcorder
– Paul studied photography at RMIT
– High level knowledge of IT and software
– Fresh ideas about how to experience the Tour
– Paul can speak a little French, German, Spanish and Italian (contrary to claims made in the video…)
– We’re both fit and well and love riding in the mountains
– Two very big smiles

Kathryn & Renata

Hollis Duncan and Dario

While “Pick Us” doesn’t represent our work or what we intend to shoot in France, it does suggest how Dario and I think and approach projects with an open mind. We heeded CyclingTips’s advice and just tried to have fun; we think Wade especially will appreciate where we found our inspiration.

Dario and I met walking the Camino de Santiago in 2004. We vowed to pay over double what a 6-pack of Coopers Original Pale Ale should cost to celebrate in style should we get to discuss our ideas over the phone with CyclingTips next week which is our first of two goals. So with that in mind please take a minute to glance at our portfolios below to see our photography chops.


Look forward to chatting about our game plan to deliver Hors Catégorie content for CyclingTips this July.

Matt McCullough and Stefano Ferro

Damian Ruse and Alex Krill

Honourable mentions

Ed Green

Calle and Marcus

Shaun Black and Mark Dumbell

Hi Guys,

Great website that I always enjoy reading each day and a great competition. With the flattery out of the way let’s get down to business and discuss the Ultimate Job.

You need look no further, the employees you’ve been looking for are here.

To showcase our credentials and what we can offer check out Too Long Between Tours our photo story highlighting how we will uniquely cover Le Tour from a fan’s perspective for CyclingTips.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Chris Komorek and Michael Roelink

Max Young and Riley Sparks

max young


Here is my entry for the Tour de France competition.

Portfolio websites of contest applicants for more examples of our work:
Max Young
Riley Sparks


James Walsh

Hey guys,

Love your site and this competition is a great idea.

I’m a film maker based in Cape Town, South Africa and our last three films involved bicycles. So we kinda love them!

So for our entry here’s to short film pieces:
Baisikeli teaser: https://vimeo.com/57480104
Kunye: https://vimeo.com/59221422

And to prove I can string a sentence together, attached is an article that was published last year.

Good luck wading through all the applications.


Anders Mogensen

The time zone between Europe and Australia offers the perfect opportunity to produce, and prepare, a series of 5-10-15 authentic images from the previous day – added some old fashioned telegram style copywriting. A combination of something old, something new. A bit like me and my bike, that is.

a Spanish based (Danish) cyclist, professional photographer and copywriter capable of capturing the essence of the Tour de France on camera, or video.

The chosen team mate immediately turned down my idea, as holiday in Tuscany was already booked. However, I would like to offer ANY Australian cyclist, young or old, my guidance during the two weeks, playing the role as home turf European Tour de France Guide. And who knows, maybe next year I could visit TDU and experience the Willunga Hill atmosphere in exchange.

Luke Pegrum

My name is Luke Pegrum. I’m a cyclist, a traveller and a journalism student.

But mostly, I’m an adventurer.

On Sunday night i’m heading to Norway, just me and my bike, to follow in the footsteps of your Roadtripping article, before continuing on through Norway an onwards; to where I’m not sure yet.

You see, I don’t function well at home. I fall into the rut of daily life — forget what really inspires and excites me. I forget that uni, and work, and everything else that injects stress and anxiety into our day-to-day lives is just a means to an end.

But when I’m on my bike, wind in my hair, blood pumping through my veins and cold air in my lungs, that’s when everything makes sense.

When I’m pushing those pedals, everything else is swept away. It’s a beautiful thing — ignore the abstract, its just you and your bike and the pain in your legs and its incredible and real.

CyclingTips, pick me.

I’ll be raw, I’ll be passionate and I’ll cover this bike race like its the first time its ever been raced.

I’ll get back to the basics of it; the infallible grace of Contador digging in his toes and leaving those around him to simply look on and admire; the pain of defeat writ large across the face of his tortured competitors as they watch the maillot jaune slip away; and the unbridled joy when he crosses the finish line and exhaustion turns to elation.

Photos from my last adventure

What are your thoughts?

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