Sunday, September 27, 2009

2009 Ed Sanders Memorial Cyclocross Event

After a long summer delay, I'm back attending races and shooting pictures. This Sunday, September 27th, I attended the 2009 Ed Sanders Memorial Cyclocross Event in Maryland.

This is the first race of the 2009 Mid-Atlantic Bike Racing Association (MABRA) annual cyclocross series. After it rained all day on Saturday and most of Saturday night, I knew this race was going to be sloppy, muddy, and spectacular for cross. And it was. When I got there in the morning, the course was brutally muddy, but most racers could ride the whole thing. As the day wore on, however, the sun came out and turned the slop into thick, clingy mud that was more like peanut butter than anything else. Peanut butter with long, nasty strands of wild grass in it.

But then, after another two hours of sunshine the course started getting tacky and fast - just in time for the Women's 1/2/3 race, and then the Men's 1/2/3.

The shots turned out really well, minus the first 30 or so that I wasted because my race-photography muscle were so out of shape. Two things about that: 1. I'm surprised that my skills atrophied so fast. It really hasn't been that long since my last shoot..., and 2. it's nice that everything snapped back into shape as fast as it did. For a while there, I was worried it was going to be a long, frustrating day. Thankfully, everything worked out.

If you're at all interested, head on over to www.pingelphoto.com and click on "Go To The Galleries" for some big preview shots in the "Ed Sanders" Gallery (and subgalleries).