Photo Tip: In this photo, I'm trying to get a good balance of what your eyes see. What makes the photo work of shooting a pic of the riders conversing is balancing out the riders + bikes + the sky. Setting the riders against the blue sky emphasizes them in the pic. Having them evenly spaced out also helps. Putting the bikes down low sets the scene & tone of the pic. The camera is about level with the front fenders and actually looking up at the riders.
Again, note the position of the sun. A bright mid-day sun can be a difficult thing to work with. So I'll try to make it work for me instead. In this photo, it's behind Tim & Patrick, so their faces are slightly darker, which in turn de-emphasizes them. On the other hand, Frank, who is talking, is lit up by the sun. So as a result, I can make you, the viewer, focus your attention on Frank by those subtle little things such as lighting & working with the angle of the sun.