This weekend the Dutch cyclocross championships were held in Surhuisterveen. It’s been a bit of a busy weekend for me so unfortunately I wasn’t able to attend both days and as it turned out nog even all the races on Sunday, so I was happy to at least be able to see the last race.
The last race were the elite men and and the ‘promises under 23 years’. At the end of the weekend the track was really muddy. And not only the track…
And not only is it muddy, it’s cold too. I feel sorry for the riders, but probably they don’t feel at half as much as the spectators… racing around on the bikes will keep you warmer then just standing there.
I found a god spot to start my series of photos at the hurdle where they had to jump from their bikes and jump over two hurdles before continuing the race again on the bike.
Once I had my shots I repositioned myself a bit to get some different shots. In the middle between two lanes I could quickly change my shots to vary the set some more.
After a while I walked agains the cyclist direction and and found a few other good spots until I found walhalla… mud-walhalla that is. both the track as the path in between were just a soggy wet patch of land. It’s a miracle the cyclists got through there at all and perhaps even more I eventually made it out there with both my shoes on!
It’s a great location for some photos though as cyclists struggle their way through the mud, which is flying in all directions. At this point in the race the riders can also switch their bicycle for a clean one as there is a thing as too much mud for a bike and the brakes and gears will simply stop functioning. The dirty bikes are immediately cleaned and checked in case the rider will want to change again (and trust me… they did!)
I slowly made my way back to the finish line but found a great location where the cyclists rode through a barn. I’d seen the other side earlier from the point of cycling in there, but them exiting there was a nice location too, just not so much for lots of photos.
As the last round started the finish line was loaded with people trying to catch a glimpse of Mathieu van der Poel crossing the finish line first and I was lucky enough to sort of get close there and get a few shots.
I hope to get a few more chances of photography like this, I love cycling!