This time, it was me who cycled. We went to Cambridge to see friends and Cath and Ben invited us on a beautiful ride through the early-autumn, British countryside.
Back in the business: Forest of Dean Enduro race. Amazing weather, a couple hundred riders and a beautiful forest.
Treviso, Italy: the venue of the first cyclo-cross World Cup race of the 09/10 season. The weather is surprisingly warm for an early October date, it exceeded 20 degrees.
Zdenek Stybar fixes his helmet before the Treviso cx World Cup. This is one of my favorite photos of the year, I like the concentration and the isolation of Stybar.
Niels Albert was clearly the best rider on that day, no one was able to stop him. Cyclo-cross legend, Sven Nys was still suffering from fatigue after the mountain bike season so he dropped out of the race early. This caused him many problems later the season, as he lacked the points to get a decent position at the start line.
Jan Verstraeten is one of my favourite racers: he makes the funniest faces during racing. You can’t take a photo of him where he’s not grimacing. The World Cup race in Plzen, where this photo was taken, was properly muddy, as you’d expect from a cyclo-cross race.
Christian Heule before the third round of the UCI cyclocross World Cup in Nommay. This could have been the first occasion that I could have tried out my brand new Radiopoppers with two flashes, however, the batteries thought otherwise on raceday, so only have a couple frames from the previous day.
Koksijde, crazy weather and sand, sand, sand. Tom Meeusen jumpes off of his bike on this photo, I managed to catch a quite interesting moment, however, I’m not too satisfied with the lights.
This was a big day for Stybar, in Koksijde. He was getting closer and closer to win a World Cup race and finally, his perseverance paid out handsomely.
My favourite shot of the year. The right rider, the right lighting and the right moment. Also, Stybar won this race as well.
Remarkable weather in Kalmthout, it was heavily snowing through the day but it didn’t seem to bother most of the riders. This photo was taken with a 24-70 lens and its 2.8 aperture allowed me to separate the theme (Gabby Day) from the background.
Last race of the year in Zolder, or at least for me and it was probably the most surprising one. The first couple laps saw a couple unexpected riders in the front of the pack and the winner, Kevin Pauwels was also a surprise. It wasn’t my favourite race, it was very hard to get around the course and I didn’t have time to do the scouting properly. Will do better next year.