It can sometimes be a little difficult to capture good actions shots of cycling races, especially when the cyclists are bunched together. When photographing cycling it’s a good idea to take some shots before the event gets underway. You can take photos of the athletes warming up and preparing their bicycles etc. You’ll also find that you may be able to get some interesting images of spectators along the route. Of course, the finish line is a great place to capture shots of the exhausted cyclists as they celebrate their placing.
Since a bicycle is a very identifiable object, it means you don’t even have to get the bike in the shot all of the time. You’ll find that bicycle races often provide excellent opportunities to take photos of shadows and silhouettes of the cyclist and his bike. These can be very simple pictures of shadows of the riders, frames, and bicycle wheels for example.