I went to a local criterium bike race on Saturday in nearby Louisville, Colorado. This one photo says a lot about the day:
I look at riders faces all day long, then come home and stare at them some more on the computer. A lot of those people I don't even know, but many I do, so going to any local bike race is like seeing old friends again and answering "what's new with you?" Besides the social fun, I am always looking for new shots, new angles, new stories - those creative shots in between the hundreds (and hundreds) of laps amuse me greatly.
Here are a few from the day (below). I feel they tell the story of what being on the sidelines of a criterium feels like. And to be quite honest, most race photographers start looking for something else to break up the usual leaning into the corner crit shot. Many times I have been with the best of the best at the Tour of California, for example, and by day five we are all kidding with each other, "Well I already got the palm trees and that cute kid over there, what else can I shoot before the call up."
|It's the final lap bell - how creative of me!|
I also admire all these "old guys" whose bodies have yet to fail them. They are so strong (and their knees are covered in dramatic scars). If you want to watch a very impressive race, watch a 45+ 55+ category race near Denver/Boulder Colorado. Wow, these men are like the .0001 % of the population that can do this really well.
With my camera I try to catch the feel good moments like this
And share in happy moments like this
Plus take a few race shots - covering all the basics of race photography
|The Classic leaning crit shot|
|The facial expression of effort shot|
|The SM3 peloton pack shot|
|The classic slightly blurred speed shot|
|The distant winding road shot|
|The here they come again shot. Is this lap 8 or 9?|
Observe that old technology has hit our local race scene (and these riders look pretty happy about that). Read: Our secret recovery weapon (Garmin-Sharp team, from 2008!)
|Normatec compression system|
The next time I will be back out to shoot a local race will be for the Sonic Boom. Until then, I will picture these brave strong racers going round and round, and round.