The photographer’s eye: Dominique Powers on Tiffany Cromwell

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The photographer’s eye: Dominique Powers on Tiffany Cromwell

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Words and images by Dominique Powers

Tiffany Cromwell is a Canyon-SRAM pro cyclist on the Women’s World Team Team. Cromwell has been on the team since it was founded seven years ago, but she has been racing at the professional level for 17 years.

When I first met Tiffany, I took a picture of the Canyon-SRAM team in France. It was the first time in the world tour race to prepare for the first ever women’s Paris-Roubaix. She felt better, so I was immediately threatened by Cromwell. It embodies the meaning of being a professional athlete, not just a person. Her way of holding is calm and efficient, suggesting her innate strength.

Flashing a month ago, Cromwell and I were riding next to each other on thick gravel tires the day before Grinduro on Mount Shasta, California. Exchange stories of adventures for the weeks since the last meeting. That night, during the Golden Hour, we spend time discussing the relationship between Tiffany and cycling, how it has changed, and the next season.

Cycling has always been a part of Cromwell’s life, but why couldn’t he do it after a lifetime as a cyclist? But for some time, 2022 seemed to be her last season on her bike.

Gravel racing brought salvation while the burnout was imminent. The new sport was offered as a way to maintain Cromwell’s engagement while at the same time providing the team with gravel visibility and ultimately the motivation she needed.

“I think a lot of people respect gravel, but I don’t know how difficult it is,” Cromwell told me. “They think it’s all just fun and a game, but they don’t realize it’s eight hours on the bike and your stress score is twice that of the World Tour race.”

However, Cromwell has many interests in life, not just two-wheeled robots. Between her fashion, design, and the establishment of a gin company with partner Valtteri Bottas, when it’s finally time for her to leave the professional racing scene, she’s just as exciting in other ways. I know I will be satisfied. Both she and Bottas are world travelers, and the relationships that support each other are part of what stabilizes her. Her credibility of having someone who understands the amount of pressure and effort needed to excel her keeps her fixed and centered.

Women’s cycling momentum is very strong and almost visible. If you include Tour de France Femmes, it will be added to this. Everyone wants to race it, and hopefully the race will give more women more opportunities to participate and stay in the sport.

The salary is catching up. Cromwell says it’s much better than it was just two years ago.

“Wow at first! But it’s finally like! That was what it should be, and it should have always been.”

Expanding media coverage helps the sport grow and has great implications for both riders, teams, and their sponsors.

“There are so many creatives and so many great photographers working with us,” says Cromwell. “When I started, there were only a handful of photographers. Nowadays the world is open to meet us, and there are elements that can only be shared if you open it. If you know people personally, you are always more interested in sports. Suddenly, because of your connection with athletes, you start to feel more familiar with sports. “

This has always been my photography goal, drawing viewers into the subject in ways that would otherwise not be possible. It provides insight into their vulnerable aspects and personalities.

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