I wonder if the lack of crowds make following the race easier. I rarely find myself able to follow what actually is going on while shooting a race, but today I was perfectly aware how exciting both races were. Could this be simply because people weren’t blocking the view? I don’t know. The other thing I noticed was that the course seemed a lot smaller. Again, this might have something to do with the lack of spectators. When I move around and try to gauge the amount of time I need to get from A to B, a big factor is people. That variable is gone and you can get to any part of the course without any hassle – and it compresses the course, spatially, too. It’s a weird feeling and I think it only works when you can see most of the course from any given point – I didn’t have this feeling in Gieten.
Next up in a week’s time is Koppenberg. I remember when the new calendar was published, having Koppenberg NOT on the 1st of November felt sacrilegious. Now? We are grateful that there will be a race at all. Times have changed.