One hour in hell (Cyclocross)
Old 01-18-2014   #1
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One hour in hell (Cyclocross)

Cyclocross- the dark side of cycling. CX was originally the road racerīs winter training, and so the races in the northern hemisphere traditionally take place between October and February. Itīs always cold and muddy on the course, except when itīs frozen. The races last from 60 minutes for the elite men category to shorter distances for youngsters, seniors and women. The only race tactics seem to be to ride as hard and fast as one can. I could see the quintessence of the sport when a U 15 (under 15 years) kid crashed in the mud. Within one second his expression changed from almost crying to race furor again, instead of whinging he just jumped on his bike, and on he went. Itīs a very passionate thing, also for the spectators, I love it.

All pics with Nikon F100/ cheap Nikon Zoom 28-80 AF-D/Tri-X @ 800/ XTOL.
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Old 01-18-2014   #2
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Nice pictures...shows lots of energy.

I used to cyclocross in the off season, many lives ago. Hard work...
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Excellent! Very dynamic images.
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Old 01-18-2014   #4
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The good CX bikes are designed for easy carry. You end up doing it a lot
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Old 01-21-2014   #5
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Awesome pics. I love cyclocross, never tried it myself but love watching the pros!
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Old 01-21-2014   #6
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Nicely done. Always want to do a 'cross series. I like the effect of the pushed Tri-X.
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Old 01-21-2014   #7
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The rider in the third pic looks like a young Eddy Merckx -- go cannibal!
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Old 01-21-2014   #8
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Skinny tire bikes in the mud!? Now that's kind of silly! One heck of a workout I bet.

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Old 01-21-2014   #9
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The rider in the third pic looks like a young Eddy Merckx -- go cannibal!
Yes - definitely! The cock of the head.

Bike racing is really hard; cyclo-cross strikes me as really, really hard, though at least it's short. "One hour in hell," indeed.

Nice pictures that capture the essence.
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Old 01-21-2014   #10
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Very cool! Another sport for mad people. I'll have to look it up and see if there are any events in the area here.

Love the look of these photos. Very classic. :-)

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Old 01-21-2014   #11
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Excellent images. I love their energic and 'muddy' look.
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I used to shoot moto-cross many years ago, and this looks like the same thing without the hot mufflers and loud noise. Great action shots.

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Those are awesome. I love nr. 6!
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I really like lots of those shots! Nicely done!
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The images you've posted here are wonderfully done, classic look to them. However, if you want to keep with the original title "One hour in hell", then I think it would help to add a lot of images showing the "hell" part... maybe some close-ups of crashed rider's faces, or skinned-up legs... you know... "agony of defeat" stuff swathed in hellish-ness! :-)
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Thank you all for your attention and your kind words!

@B-9: skinny (up to 33mm) tires in the mud were the way to go until the mountainbike appeared. Cx is more than 100 years old.

@Jamie Pillers: You are right, of course, from a photojournalistic point of view; the title may promise more than the pics can keep. But I could not find a title more snappy.
I just canīt take pics of suffering people. One could call it "respect", I always feel someone agonizing needs no camera shoved into his face, be it in sports or in "real life", and so Iīm missing that photographic killer instinct. Thatīs not generally speaking, of course, just my own attitude.
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@Jamie Pillers: You are right, of course, from a photojournalistic point of view; the title may promise more than the pics can keep. But I could not find a title more snappy.
I just canīt take pics of suffering people. One could call it "respect", I always feel someone agonizing needs no camera shoved into his face, be it in sports or in "real life", and so Iīm missing that photographic killer instinct. Thatīs not generally speaking, of course, just my own attitude.
Understood… I'm the same.
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Imaginative title but I almost missed the thread through lack of interest in "hell", maybe if Cyclocross had been in brackets?
Wonderful pics, aside from the modern looking bikes these remind me of reading Cycling Weekly as a schoolboy 50 years ago
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A good idea, Robin, Merci!
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This set FEELS like cyclocross. Really well done! Where is this race?
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It was the U23 race of the German nationals in Doehlau/ Bavaria on Jan. 11.
For the elite races the next day I took the D300- What a mistake! I got nice pictures from the elites, but I should have stuck to film and b/w, thereīs so much more spirit in those pics..... It was my first attempt on CX.
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Really like this set.
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the fake vintage b&w look gives these images an anachronistic feel, because one side of the brain thinks these are images from 1929 and the other side knows that is not true
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Oooops- it was never my intention to create "fake vintage". What makes you think that way?
The use of film, high contrast, drowned shadows & motion blur, thatīs about it. Nothing vintage about it, right? Maybe itīs because also in sports photography we are nowadays used to brillant sharp and blurfree teleshots?
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Very nice set!
You have captured the dynamics of this sport better than the majority of digital-supersharp-telephoto-flash images of the pro's. (imho)
As you probably know, cyclocross is huge in Belgium (especially Flanders). I'm also a big fan of these events and go often accompanied by my X-Pan and Zeiss ZM. The focus in my pictures is more on the spectators than the race itself.
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Willy, your pictures are marvellous! I envy you, Belgium is CX paradise, of course.

One of my main ambitions in life is to spend a week between Christmas and New Year to visit 3 or 4 CX- races, to see Sven, Neils, Klaas and the others in person. Almost every sunday Iīm sitting at home between 3 and 4 oīclock pm watching live streams of World Cup or Superprestige races.
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Great photography!
#5 is my favorite
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Willy, your pictures are marvellous! I envy you, Belgium is CX paradise, of course.

One of my main ambitions in life is to spend a week between Christmas and New Year to visit 3 or 4 CX- races, to see Sven, Neils, Klaas and the others in person. Almost every sunday Iīm sitting at home between 3 and 4 oīclock pm watching live streams of World Cup or Superprestige races.
Thanks for comment on my pics. And you're right we are spoiled We have at least 4 CX-races within a 25 km range from our home. You should really come over, you won't regret it!
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Excellent set! You've expressed the feel of racing very well, thanks for sharing.
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I liked the "no swimming" sign.
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That is an outstanding series!
Feels just as dirty as the racing is.

Back in 2009 I had one race shy of enough points to make the collegiate National CX Championship and had I not been doored by a car and dislocated my shoulder (which forced me to get surgery,) I would have been competing in the race in Bend, Oregon in early 2010.

My multi-geared CX bike got parted and sold after that but I still have a singlespeed CX racer which just needs some brake work and for its rider to get off his butt.

CX is the most grueling of the cycling sports besides the staged tours that cover hundreds of miles. Again, great photos!

If you get to the Paris-Roubaix, definitely post some of those!

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Great thread and fine photography. I've been to the Cross Worlds (2002 in Belgium) and follow it each winter. Incredibly tough sport, matched, I feel, by the one day classics, like Ronde De Vlanderen and Paris-Roubaix, in my opinion. I saw those in 1993, shooting an M6 with 35 Summicron and Tri-X. I still use that set-up a lot. I better find those 1993 negs and get them "out there."
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the fake vintage b&w look gives these images an anachronistic feel, because one side of the brain thinks these are images from 1929 and the other side knows that is not true
The whole sentence above sounds like something that HAL would say.
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Oooops- it was never my intention to create "fake vintage". What makes you think that way?
The use of film, high contrast, drowned shadows & motion blur, thatīs about it. Nothing vintage about it, right? Maybe itīs because also in sports photography we are nowadays used to brillant sharp and blurfree teleshots?
I suggest you let the "fake" comment pass.
Your set of images *works*. It conveys a different feel than the typical sugar candy explosion of bright colors.
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Old 01-25-2014   #35
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Outstanding images that really capture wonderfully the whole atmosphere of cyclocross. I used to ride 'cross years ago and still have a cross bike that I take to the trails with now and again. Looking at those great images I can just feel the mud in my eyes, the screaming legs and bitter cold air on my lungs. Hell is right!...TW
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Just another contribution to this subject. Sven Nys on his way to another victory last saturday during a super exciting race in Lille (Belgium).



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Old 02-10-2014   #37
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Nice shots.
I took this past year off from racing cx due to a new baby- looking forward to getting back out there next year.

Euro courses are so much more difficult/intimidating looking than ours in Chicago.
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