I had the chance to go out and photograph a small cycling race taking place in my hometown on saturday. As I usually photograph everything else than sports I felt it was a good thing to partake in and also a means to get to practise my technique shooting fast movement etc.
The race was a downhill race with 15 participants. Three different stages which were all driven twice. The winner was the one who had the fastest overall time of the day.
The weather was extra cold with a strong wind especially closer to the top of the hill. For the cyclers there was always the part of hiking back up the hill with their bikes so they were warm for most of the day. But standing on the side taking photos meant I had to dress properly. Lot of wool was the best way to counter this along with a skiing jacket meant for much colder weather. It worked as I hoped and I was at no point in the day really cold. Although I admit to going out to get hot chocolate at one point in the race.
All in all the race took a bit over three hours and the spirit was real great. A couple of bad falls were had on the day, a hurt wrist on one guy and bikes getting a bit of a tumble as well. But all in all a good day.
I feel that I got quite a few good frames as well. I would have hoped for more sun and a less damp track as there was not so much photogenic sliding and jumping as I would have hoped.