I`m glad that you`ve found this newly started blog. Let me introduce myself briefly.
My name is Balint Hamvas, I moved to London this January. I started to work at the London branch of the company I have been working for the past 7 years at home, in Hungary. On weekdays, I create digital media plans and digital strategies for our clients, but the weekends are strictly for cycling and for photography.
I used to do mountain biking for a long time, however, after a crash, I had to stop for a long time and never returned to full speed. Yet my love for photography brought me back to cycling in the past three years.
The whole affair started years ago, back in 1995, when the first UCI MTB World Cup was held in Hungary. I saw and photographed three more World Cup races (two in Hungary, one in
Kaprun) with my old Zenit camera before it died.
For years, I hadn`t done much photography, but in 2005, when I bought my first DSLR camera, I was keen on going back photographing cycling. Thus, in the past 3.5 years, I spent countless weekends at Hungarian National races, trying to learn as much as possible. I was fortunate enough to be able to go even to a few Wold Cup races as well, in the
past 2 years: the Worlds in `07, Maribor in `07, Andorra in `08, Schladming in `08. I also went to cover a number of cyclocross in the last six months: Tabor in `08, Roubaix in`09 and the Worlds in `09.
I was fortunate enough to be at the Olympics, I managed to snatch some pictures at the
track cycling races and the amazing experience took me to Manchester a couple weeks ago to see the last race of the Revolution Series.
8 months ago I started a blog on cycling and photography – you can
find it at http://mtbfoto.blog.hu The emphasis is on cycling, but I also share my pictures made for other projects and every now and then, I write about photography as well.
Now, that I moved to the UK, I wanted to start my English language blog. The covered topics would be the same, though being in the UK means that I`ll try to visit as many races here as possible share my impression and pictures.
The first race will be the Soggy Bottom race, near Plymouth, tomorrow, so either see you there tomorrow, or check back later for pictures and hopefully for some stories as well.