All posts tagged: racing

Criterium Continues in Portarlington

The Mitchelton Bay Cycling Classic continued on to Portarlington yesterday.  Another wonderful day as far as the weather went.  Blue skies with lots of fluffy clouds.  Perfect for taking photos.  I have some more for you today, I hope you aren’t getting too bored with them. I look at the images and think I could do this or that to them, but right now there is no time, I am having a hard time just getting the posts done each day, no time for fancy editing. The image above was taken from ground level, well almost, and she was coming into the corner.  I love shots like these, and I am getting the impression you do as well. For me, this is a fantastic shot, there are lots of cyclists around, but you really only see one.  It is also a very hard shot to get.  You have to be good at panning, but more on that tomorrow. While there yesterday, I decided to play with my Holga lens and the fish-eye attachment that I …

Bay Crits in Geelong

Most years when I go to this event, this is my fourth time, I try and photograph the racing.  You have to do that, it is a race, but that is all I do.  I just walk around and around the circuit taking photos of people racing their bikes.  I suspect this year won’t be any different, except my audience of who is looking at them.  I am taking photos of it this year for you and this blog.  Normally, I am taking photos for the riders. After yesterdays post I had a few asking me what a crit was?  A crit is short for criterium and is a race that is done on a short circuit, where the riders do laps.  Usually on streets.  They can range in distance from one to around three kilometres.  I have seen some that are five kilometres or longer, but they are usually considered something else.  A crit will start and finish in the same place.  In the above image, the women are preparing to start and are …

Onwards

Racing a Bike Up a Mountain

As I stated yesterday, the Baw Baw Classic was on and I was on the back of a motorbike taking photos of it.  I don’t really like road racing in general.  It can be hard to do, especially a race like this, where they start in one place and finish in another.  They race up a mountain and finish there, which also means all there supporters and the people they come with follow them up the mountain.  Last year when I did it, I found it really difficult in the car.  I couldn’t get past all the people.  Some of the driving I did, was really scary.  I decided if I was going to do it again, it would be best on a motorbike. Except for the backside issue, it was so much better.  The above image was one of the first places we stopped on the side of the road.  I can’t remember if this was A grade or B grade.  It was one of the large groups that went past.  It is lovely …

Christmas Carnivals 2010

The Christmas Carnivals are over for another year.  This year only 3 days with Maryborough deciding not to hold them.  I wish I could say I was disappointed, but I was glad it was only 3 days.  It was a lot of traveling, going from Melbourne to Horsham, then to Bendigo and Shepparton and driving home very late on the last night.  I made the decision early on that I would only do a few hours in Horsham.  It started at two and my intention was to leave by five.  Well, it took me longer to get there than I thought, so I didn’t get there until half past two, and when I wanted to leave the wheelraces were happening so I had to stay for those, and then there were the presentations, so needed to get those, especially when Jason Niblett was presenting them.  I think I got away closer to six. The racing was good and the temperature was great.  Unfortunately with Victoria experiencing a locust plague, the grasshoppers weren’t so good.  They …

Stratford to Dargo

What a day.  What a nightmare.  It was by far the worse I have ever tried to photograph.  I really think they need to rethink the way they run it.  Usually I wait for everyone to go past and then I take off to get past them again.  There were so many cars following the race that it took me about 60kms to get in front of the lead group again.  Getting past the riders wasn’t the problem, it was getting past the followers. Opportunities to take photos were limited.  It was a shame too, as there was some beautiful country side and it would have been nice to get the riders in that more.  Perhaps next time it would be better to make a decision to just follow one or two grades through the whole race rather than concentrating on them all. While I was waiting for the first group some horses in a paddock entertained me and I took some photos.  Such nosey creatures.  The bridge was interesting, and seemed to be a …

A Quickie

I have lost the internet connection at home.  I’m not sure when it is going to be back on and a friend, Caroline, has very kindly let me use her internet to give a quick update and post a few photos. I was in Geelong on Saturday to photograph the VSCC state final.  It was a lovely spot and at one end we could see all the barricades for the UCI World Cycling Road Championships.  Just before the U19’s started we realised that the women were about to go past so we raced over to watch.  It was all over in about 30 seconds, but still exciting to see. And then they were gone.  It would be another 30 to 40 minutes before they came around again.  I couldn’t wait, I had to get back to photograph what I was there to photograph.  I did hear the helicopters again and I know they went past a few more times, but this was all I saw. Though after they went I couldn’t believe the number of cars following …