2019 Cyclocross World Championships, Bogense, Women U23 and Men Elite races
It was a busy weekend but it’s all over, suddenly. The World Championships is the pinnacle of the year, the whole season builds towards these two days. Without further ado, here are a couple of thoughts from the last two days:
I’ve met Henrik Djernis! He was a hero of mine back in my youth, when I was into mountain biking. He was the first three-time world champion of the sport but you also can’t forget that amazing/weird Proflex bike he used to ride (you can check it out here). He is Danish, so of course he was here. It was nice to see him, though a bit older and greyer than I remembered.
I’ve met the Danish crown prince! Ok, I wasn’t that excited about it, but I did like that his car had the numberplates “40”. Sweet.
This was one of the easiest worlds to shoot. Most of the exciting features (ie the hill) was forbidden for the spectators to enter, so us, photographers, had free reign, which made life easy. The organisers and the UCI were quite relaxed about us moving around, they allowed us to cross the track, they asked one thing: do not walk on the course. You can cross it but you can’t walk lengthwise. Now, I’m not someone who loves rules, but when my mistakes can mess up someone’s race, I adhere to the rules and stay the F off the track. I just can’t understand why were a few photographers so deeply up in their own backsides that they thought their photos are more important than the race. Rant off.
If you look at the photos, it looks like there were a lot of people. I don’t have any official numbers, but I don’t think there were more than 6-7000 people. It’s just it was a small venue and the fewer people were crammed into a smaller space and it LOOKED like there was a lot of people there.
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