As the year draws to an end I’ve been thinking over the many activities over the past year. New experiences, great moments, a few lesser moments and oh so many photos.
Bauke Mollema is a busy guy. Fresh out of the Tour the France he raced and won the Boxmeer criterium, raced in Surhuisterveen, won the Clasica San Sebastian in Spain and then raced in Rio at the Olympics. And then he came back the the Netherlands as soon as he could to race in the Gouden Pijl criterium yesterday.
The Tour de France 2016 is over now and traditionally that means that criteriums (or crits) are being raced. As usual the first one is in Boxmeer, that was Monday immediately after the last stage of the Tour. A day later the second race was held in the north of the Netherlands: Surhuisterveen and as that was close and I finally was in a position to go, I went. It was also the only one that Chris Froome would do (that will be because of preparation of the Olympics I think).
I don’t know what brilliant idea is behind the new schedule of the Superbike races, but apparently there’s a race 1 on Saturday and a race 2 on Sunday now. Not my ideal setup, but what can you do? So without too much rest I was at the track today to shoot the first race of the weekend (and for me this year).
It wasn’t really part of my weekend-plans, but Friday evening I got a request to shoot some pictures of the 4 miles of Groningen for Atletiekweek.nl. The race is an annual event of a run from the town Haren to the Vismarkt square in Groningen. As I’m studying for an exam it remains to be seen if it’s a good idea but… this afternoon I chose a position on the Vismarkt and took my first real attempt at shooting a running-event.
I love cycling sports and so going to the Superprestige cyclocross in Gieten was an absolute must. I had a few other jobs to attend to too, so I only visited the final men’s run and missed the other races, but you can’t have it all.
When you’re a bit of an Alfa Romeo lover -an Alfista as it were- and you live near the TT Circuit of Assen, you have to visit the Alfa days held on the circuit. And I happen to be one so I prowled the circuit on Saturday when the “Spettacolo Sportivo Alfa Romeo” organized by SCARB was held.
The ‘Gouden Pijl’ cycling criterium in Emmen has been on my wish-list for a few years now (to take pictures at, not to actually ride… I’d be lapped within a lap by those pro’s). And even though it’s so close, I still managed to miss if for year in a row. But not this year! Marked the calendar and prepped the camera bag well in time.
(for some reason I’m always reminded of Pink Floyd’s Signs of Life when I see a rower passing by)
The one thing in photography I really regret this year is not doing all the things I wanted to in sports. I started the year with a few Cyclocross races and had great plans and it mostly stayed there. There’s a set of Superbike motorsport photos somewhere waiting to be processed but in all I missed too much. Time to change that and the Superprestige in Gieten is a good moment to change it around.!