Bpost Bank Trofee #8 – Oostmalle, Sluitingsprijs

Bpost Bank Trofee #8 – Oostmalle, Sluitingsprijs


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The Oostmalle cyclocross race is always a funny one. On one hand, it means the season is over, I resume to be a normal human being and I become a normal human being for few months and do normal things during the weekends. But it also means that the season is over, the excitement of the races, the anticipation, the ‘who’s going to win the worlds’ chats, the long drives, the audiobooks, the beer and the frites, it’s all over for the next few months.

My third full cyclocross season has finished a few hours ago, it’s been a wonderful adventure, I have enjoyed an overwhelming majority of it and even the not-so-good bits look ok. I will wrap the season up next week in a blogpost, but for now, I would like to say thank you to all of you for following my travels, enjoying my photos and sometimes buying the books. Thank you.

Now my full and undivided attention goes to finishing the 2013/2014 cyclocross book on schedule, in order to start shipping in May. In the meantime, please check out the page (click here) where you can find more info and you can pre-order the book, too. The book is not only a great chronicle of the season but it also helps me to keep this site running.

Thanks for staying with me on this journey, more to come soon!

Stef Wyman and Helen Wyman, 2014 Bpost Bank Trofee #8, Oostmalle. Copyright by cyclephotos.

Stef Wyman gives a final thumbs up to Helen Wyman

Kicking up dust. 2014 Bpost Bank Trofee #8, Oostmalle. Copyright by cyclephotos.

Wout van Aert 2014 Bpost Bank Trofee #8, Oostmalle. Copyright by cyclephotos.

Quinten Hermans. 2014 Bpost Bank Trofee #8, Oostmalle. Copyright by cyclephotos.

2014 cyclocross Bpost Bank Trofee #8, Oostmalle. Copyright by cyclephotos.

2014 cyclocross Bpost Bank Trofee #8, Oostmalle. Copyright by cyclephotos.

Helen Wyman. 2014 cyclocross Bpost Bank Trofee #8, Oostmalle. Copyright by cyclephotos.

Emma Johansson. 2014 cyclocross Bpost Bank Trofee #8, Oostmalle. Copyright by cyclephotos.

Swedish road cycling champ, Emma Johansson came along today to give cyclocross a go. Given that this was her first race of the season, finishing seventh wasn’t too bad

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Kevin Pauwels. 2014 cyclocross Bpost Bank Trofee #8, Oostmalle. Copyright by cyclephotos.

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Sven Nys. 2014 cyclocross Bpost Bank Trofee #8, Oostmalle. Copyright by cyclephotos.

Niels Albert. 2014 cyclocross Bpost Bank Trofee #8, Oostmalle. Copyright by cyclephotos.

Niels Albert won the race in typical ‘Niels Albert’ style: an early attack, followed by confident solo riding and crossing the finish line with a big margin over the opponents. I guess this was a win he needed to end an otherwise fairly lacklustre season on a high.

2014 cyclocross Bpost Bank Trofee #8, Oostmalle. Copyright by cyclephotos.

2014 cyclocross Bpost Bank Trofee #8, Oostmalle. Copyright by cyclephotos.

Tom Meeusen. 2014 cyclocross Bpost Bank Trofee #8, Oostmalle. Copyright by cyclephotos.

Niels Albert. 2014 cyclocross Bpost Bank Trofee #8, Oostmalle. Copyright by cyclephotos.

Having been doing cycling photography for almost ten years, I’ve learnt by experience what I can and cannot do during races, where to stand to not to be in the way, etc. However, today, I underestimated the angle Niels Albert was leaning into this corner and my position provoked an angry cry, one that is clearly visible on this photo. Didn’t take any more photos from that spot.

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Tom Meeusen supporters. 2014 cyclocross Bpost Bank Trofee #8, Oostmalle. Copyright by cyclephotos.

Sven Nys supporters. 2014 cyclocross Bpost Bank Trofee #8, Oostmalle. Copyright by cyclephotos.

Niels Albert. 2014 cyclocross Bpost Bank Trofee #8, Oostmalle. Copyright by cyclephotos.

Eddy van Ijzendoorn. 2014 cyclocross Bpost Bank Trofee #8, Oostmalle. Copyright by cyclephotos.

2014 cyclocross Bpost Bank Trofee #8, Oostmalle. Copyright by cyclephotos.

The last rider of the last race of the season (idea by Dan Seaton)

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