The Amateur category includes entries from taken on all digital SLR’s / mirrorless / smartphone / action cameras / drones. Any image by an Amateur photographer.
Tour de Onur 2020 - 3-days stage race in the heart of Ukrainian Carpathian Mountains. Individual time trial in severe conditions - wind and rain, but nevertheless - probably the most unforgettable event in amator cycling in Ukraine this year.
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Chasing Neowise comet. This year was also really nice for solo rides, one of the most memorable one was the ride outside the city of Odesa - far away from city light, which impede observing clear sky - and that particular one was a night solo ride across salt-lake Kuyalnik for shooting comet Neowise.
This year was not great for big races in the center of the city of Odesa, Ukraine - but that was the only race - Grand Prix of Odesa, and the view from the typical courtyard. So missing those hot racing days.
Cyclocross is always about dirt, overcoming obstacles and pure emotions. CX Langeron - cyclocross race in the beginning of 2020 - we still hope these races to come back in the schedule again.
Tour de Onur 2020 - 3-days stage race in the heart of Ukrainian Carpathian Mountains. Individual time trial - probably the toughest road race in Ukraine.
19/Jan/2020 UCI CX World Cup Nommay (France), one of the last races pre-covid19. Photo taken the day beore the race, with no spectators, as if this photo was telling as about the future races with no crowds around the courses.
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21/Sep/2020, Vall d´Incles (Andorra). One of the least affected areas by Coronavirus, perfect place for training, far from multitudes, and breathing fresh air. Fresh air which is more appreciated after weeks of lockdown.
2/DEC/2020, sand training for Paula Díaz getting ready for another Christmas of cyclocross in Belgium. After the "storm", it is time to enjoy of cyclocross again, although the crowds are going to be missed.
2/DEC/2020, sand training for Paula Díaz as she gets ready for Christmas cyclocross racing in Belgium. Image inspired by Dakar Rally shots from helicopter.
16/NOV/2020, after all, you can climb any difficulty you find along your way, 2020 was a difficult year, but we keep fighting for our dreams.
This photo comes from the first track event I had ever been too. It was amazing to see athletes flying around the velodrome at 60kph and trying to keep up with them with my camera. What I liked about this photo was the way the track lines blurred and the angle I captured the rider in as he was coming into the turn.
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This was the last race in Vancouver under new restrictions. Everyone was fortunate to have perfect weather and for me amazing lighting conditions. The water in the shot was perfectly still and cast beautiful reflections of the gravel embankments the racers were riding on.
Jeremy's Roubaix was my first road race that I photographed and under the new restrictions for racing in our area. The tall archway of trees contrasted nicely with the breakaway riders kit, and we can see the focus on their faces with the main group out of sight.
In a year of race restrictions, some of the few opportunities for racers to test themselves were local time trials. I jumped on the opportunity to photograph a few of these and it was a new experience for me. Similarly to track cycling, riders are flying towards camera at insanely high speeds and you need to frame up quickly. I learned a lot from this and was very happy with how this shot turned out as Isabella Bertold comes around the bend in the road.
My only experience with mountain biking, but in a similar time trial format to what I had seen on road. One of the race organizers new a great spot near the top of the ridge where riders descend and the setting sun would be at the back of the riders. All the stinging nettles and mosquito bites were worth it seeing the light shine through the trees and dirt being kicked up by the riders.
If the theme of this year is 'hope', here is Jai Hindley still hoping to win the Giro d'Italia; at least he had a great parade!
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World Championship, Imola. As almost every tifoso I saw the fantastic helicopter footage of the solo attack of Anna Van Der Breggen. The day after I choose that spot to try to take some nice photos. In the end I could manage to take a picture of Julian Alaphilippe on his way to win the Worlds.
Strade Bianche. Maybe the hottest day of the Summer (and dustiest) J.A. got some water from a generous member of the NTT Team, definitely not his day.
Sepp Kuss in b&w, this is the same spot at Imola, I'm glad I was there 🙂
Strade Bianche, Wout Van Aert full of hope, 'I can make it!'
‘La Grande Boucle’ is culture. The climbs, the media repercussion, the best cyclists and the public make it the greatest cycling race in the world.
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Solitude. Jordi López (Equipo Lizarte) faces the ramps of l’Hospice de France in a day with a double stage in Ronde de l'Isard.
Thomas De Gendt, Mikel Nieve or more recently Maximilian Schachmann or Rémi Cavagna have emerged as great breakaways specialists. Van Vleuten, on the other hand, acts with such superiority that her attacks go beyond those specialists.
‘G’: cycling, a sport for all audiences.
Can you find the cat?
Autumn in Urbasa (Navarra).
The change of dates for the Vuelta let us some exceptional autumn prints.
This is part of my daily commute. I ride here almost every day to and from work. The most part of the 10.000Kms made during this year, were ridden here..by myself. So..I had to take a photo of this beautiful bike lane, while riding it!
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This photo was taken during one of the fewest rides I made with my riding friend, because of the Covid19 restrictions.
It's in the beautiful Geres National Park, in Portugal, full of lovely roads just like this one.
I was planning this photo for a long time.
I wanted it to be exactly like this: the exact spot, angle and shadow!
So I waited for months till the sun is in the right position to this photo could be taken.
I'm an addicted for geometric photos and shadow games.
I was arriving home from a solitude ride and when I went through this tunnel, I immediately saw that the Sun was creating the perfect shadow in the wall..couldn't resist to shoot it!
This is my favorite kind of road: rough, steep and thrilling!
It's one of the highest sites nearby and while climbing it, I shoot these fellow cyclists. The call of the mountains!
You are in the car behind the orange tide, when suddenly you find a grandfather and his grandson turning away towards the corner of the road with their eyes on the riders. A look, which conveys the admiration of the Basque people for those colours, a passion that is passed on from generation to generation.
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The Ordiziako Klasikoa, this year was the final preparation before La Vuelta. In a year where the preparation was not the best because of the Covid-19, the riders would face a hard circuit in itself, to which the rain and cold would be added. The faces of the riders at their arrival at the finish line, perfectly reflected this hardness and also the agony they had accumulated throughout the year.
The orange tide of the Euskaltel Euskadi trained in one of the most spectacular landscapes of the Basque Country, the Urbasa Natural Park.
What a season for Remco. In the Vuelta a Burgos he flew past me, more than even the helicopter.
Since I arrived to the location, I knew that it was not gonna be my best day, so I decided to try and do something different. In the end, these dark days are also capable of leaving great memories.
When you’ve left it all out on the course...
Abby-Mae Parkinson after finishing 4th at the British National Cyclocross Championships in Shrewsbury.
The course was extremely muddy and technical and a real test of both rider skill and physical stamina.
The exhaustion is clear to see as Abby-Mae removes her muddied glasses and catches her breath.
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Going to watch bike races and close human contact. Two of the many things Covid has taken away from us of in 2020.
Rivals on the track and best friends off it.
Anna Kay and Beth Crumpton, embrace at the finish of the National Cyclocross Championship, Shrewsbury UK.
It gives you wings...
Evie Richards in World Cup Action at the GP Adrie van der Poel January 2020.
A time when a weekend in Holland watching cross, seemed nothing out of the ordinary. Surrounded by fans of all nationalities, united by a love of the fun that can be had at a bike race. I can’t wait for a time when we can do it again.
Racing returns to Sydney post lockdowns, in the magic of Oatley Park, on a glorious winters day.
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Racing returns in the beautiful dappled light for Oatley Park. Mountain Biker @jonnyodams lays down the hurt.
St George Bicycle Clubs circuit in the bush at Oatley Park, is in the middle of Sydney, but could be in the middle of now where. This young rider pops into the light.
Racing handicap format allows old(er) and new riders to race against each other. John M from @dulwichhillbc started racing as a boy at Oatley with his dad.
Sometimes less than 100m of dirt on a bike not designed for it brings this (in the middle of winter). Riding is good for the soul. So is sitting and taking in the view.
Not the greatest year for traveling abroad, but it gave us a great opportunity to explore our own country. Sometimes it's not the best roads, especially if you are on a road bike like a friend of mine. We have expected only 5 km of gravel that day, but it ended up with 30 km of dirt and stones. Some most epic views around though. Cycling is about adventures anyway.
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At the end of the year, we took a risk and gathered for a regular fall ride with our friends. Some old roads were renewed in the mountain region of Ukraine. All these autumn colors, perfect weather, nice scenery, great people and the result is this photo.
Due to the national lockdown, I've spent a lot of time cycling with my friend Roman. In this nearly accidentally made photo he is summing up all the experience. Even if he had to ride on his road bike through my routes often planned more for gravel bikes.
For this trip, I've borrowed Sony's RX100Mk5 compact camera just to test its capabilities. Here is the result of playing with this tiny beast. Except for not the most comfortable ergonomics, I would say this is a great and powerful camera for shooting your cycling routine.
Cycling and photo are about discovering something new. Like this very scenic road and capabilities of my friend's road bikes off the pavemnet 🙂
She had won Worldtitles, Europeantitles and the Olympics, but she never had won the Dutch National Title, until 2020. Anne van der Breggen wins on a very difficult course her first Dutch Title. On the Col du Vam, she did ride on the first major event of the year, under strict Covid-19 rules, and went for the outright win. You can see the pride on her face when she gets the gold medal. Normally you would stand in front of the podium, but I always prefer from the side, for more emotion.
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Dutch road cycling championship ladies elite 2020, on the Col du Vam The Netherlands, 4500cm above sealevel. A very hard and difficult course of almost 7km, with more than 14 climbs up the mountain, with a maximum of 15%. Here the peloton is at the bottom of the mountain, just crossing a gap in the woods.
Dutch road cycling championship ladies elite 2020, on the Col du Vam The Netherlands, 4500cm above sealevel. A very hard and difficult course of almost 7km, with more than 14 climbs up the mountain, with a maximum of 15%. The sight of Ceylin Carmen del Alvarado, tells how hard the race was. Ceylin is always the standard in the world of Cyclocross, but this race was just to hard and to long for her.
Dutch road cycling Championship 2020, on the sides of the Col du Vam (4500cm above sea level), Matthieu van der Poel clinched his first major title of the 2020 season. On a closed course with almost no supporters or spectators, he was just a class of his own on side of the mountain with climbs upto a 15% gradient.
Dutch road championship 2020, the peloton makes his way up the mountain. The Col du Vam is some 4500cm above sealevel, with gradients upto 15%. The race took place on a closed cours due to the strict Covid-19 rules. The length of the course was some 7km, and they had to climb upto the mountain almost 27 times.
Dutch road cycling championship 2020, coming second is the first of the losers, but coming second after winner Matthieu van der Poel, did sound like a victory for Nils Eekhoff of Team Sunweb. The race was hard and long, but he did beat the rest of the bunch.
Training for a race that didn't come. Elmar Reinders of Riwal Cycling Team is training for the Dutch National Timetrial which due to Covid-19 was cancelled, for more than 6 weeks he trained every sunday morning on his own, on the local cycling course, round after round, just to hear at the last moment, that the National Timetrial was to be cancelled.
The GPA3, named after Adrie Lindeman (NWVG), brother of Bert Jan Lindeman (Jumbo Visma). Since there were no races or courses in the summer of this year in the Netherlands, due to Covid-19, the idea came to run a series of training races for all local clubs in the north of the Netherlands, everyone with a license could enter, you would not believe how good it felt the first time, to feel the wind and see the speed of bunch. The series was held on 10 wednesday evenings.
Velodrome training on the open velodrome of the Wielercentrumnoord in Assen, every monday evening there were courses for enthousiast cyclist who wanted to learn the art of the Velodrome.
The last lap of the road world championships in Imola, Italy. Julian Allaphilipe on his way into the rainbow bands...
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A Spanish swanny watches the last lap of the women’s road race in Imola. The life of a soigneur is one of ultimate sacrifice for the riders & sometimes no celebration at the end....
The women’s peloton rolls through Imola for the world championships.
This was Kim Magnusson (Rival Readynez Cycling Team) battling on the dusty ribinou of Tro Bro Leon 2019
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Annemiek van Vleuten heading for World Championship victory in a rainy Harrogate 2019.
steely eyed Egan Bernal helping Geraint Thomas to a stunning win on Alpe d'Huez
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2020 has been a bit of continuing period of major life events for us. In the last 2 years we lost 3 of our 4 parents. We have sold out small business and moved from Boulder to Philly for my new job. That move was us being on the offensive for the first time in a long time. This pic was taken with some friends showing me a great route in my new town. I love the riding out of the darkness and into the light aspect....feels like what’s happened for us at the end of this year.
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A pre-shutdown moment of pause for an anonymous pair of friends at the Griffith Park helipad in Los Angeles
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One more for the road. The last big ride of a team camp in California in early February. None of us would have thought, a month later, we would be under "Stay At Home" orders
Sunsetting on Cascade Bicycle Club's Chilly Hilly. A local (to Seattle) ride that was the last large organized ride the last weekend of February. So many participants that the bikes take up at least half of the ferry deck on the way to and from.
Masks required, friends appreciated. As movement restrictions lifted, and bubbles and pods formed, we started riding together again and it became so apparent how much having others - even one or two - made a difference in getting out on the bike and exploring far and wide when we normally would have been racing
We're not through the woods yet, but we'll get there together. The motivation to ride comes easier with the help of friends.
Waiting for my mate I found this beautiful spot to shot at my self while the sun was dawning
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This was the first day of coldness of this coming winter. I like to wake up early to get on the top of the mountain before everyone else to see the ice from the night melt down.
I always like to have fun, even if I have to get wet!
When I do not know where I am going I always find beautiful spot to shot
Apart from everything obvious thats happening in this world ,I personally was diagnosed with a Chronic Disease IGa Nephropathy (CKD) which led to overwhelming depression of a sudden life changing event that i never expected.
The most surprising thing is that Cycling would be the one thing tuat would help me the most. I had never been a cyclist before but for the past few months As i started cycling, it has given me a sense of perspective and a new hope to fight and wade on ahead.
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One of the major highlights of my days now is the part i am on the road . I clicked this having an epiphany that like this empty road ahead of me i still have a long way to go and i myself am the only driving force here nobody else .
Just had completed a 15 mile ride early morning was almost worn out when stopped to take a breather , when i saw the sun making its was through the fog and people beneath going on about whatever they are doing . Stagnancy is not an option
Random picture taken ,On an earlier warmer day it was a little chilly with the warmth of sun . Energising everything around
After the year 2020 has been, the simply pleasure of riding my bike with mates on a sunny day is simply joyful.
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Me and my girlfriend were lucky enough to squeeze a trip to the Alpes in during the brief easing of restrictions in Europe this summer. We took on the Col de l'Iseran on a whim after working remotely for the day, descending at dusk with a spectacular sunset. A ride and a day that lifted our spirits and that we'll always remember.
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One Lap to Go. Colorado's racing season was abbreviated this year, but there were a few local criterium races held at the Colorado State Patrol test track near Golden, Colorado this summer. This image was taken at the start of the final lap of the Men's category 1-2-3 race, with Byron Nix holding off the field for the win. "Hope" indeed.
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This is an attempted breakaway by cyclist Chris Skinner during one of the few criterium races held this summer in Colorado. Taken at the Colorado State Patrol track in Golden, Colorado on August 30, 2020. Skinner's aggressive move ultimately was brought back by the pack.
Most of the large organized Colorado group rides were cancelled this year. One exception was the famous Pike Peak bicycle hillclimb to the summit of Pikes Peak at 14,115 feet above sea level (4,302.31 m). With appropriate social distancing, masks worn at the start, cyclists were able to challenge themselves on one of the hardest organized rides in the United States. August 8, 2020.
One siliver lining to the otherwise bleak 2020 road cycling season in Colorado was that the highest paved road in North America -- to the summit of Mount Evans (14,271-feet -4,350 m- in altitude) -- was closed to cars, making it perfect for cyclists attempting to accomplish a personal milestone. This image was taken on Father's Day, June 21, as my two adult children and I attempted to reach the top on bicycles, despite the few inches of snow remaining from a storm a few days before.
Getting friends hooked on cycling is easy with views like this! 2020 was Greg's first year riding, and we spent a lot of mornings together getting in miles and watching the sunrise from the saddle. This particular sunrise was one to remember as it almost had a heavenly feel to it with the sun peeking through the fog and trees, silhouetting us as we rode toward it.
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With a lack of racing in 2020, a local event organizer started a Social Distance Time Trial Series over the summer. These were not your standard flat road time trials; instead, these included as many hills as possible in a 30-40k distance and oftentimes were covered off-road or gravel sections. While they were brutal, they were also beautiful - it's a lot easier to push yourself hard when you are rewarded with views like this at the end!
Capturing the sunrise and moonset on a solo morning ride in April.
This is a Low-Fi photo I shot with my smartphone, from a Low-Mood time of our lives. During the first Covid lockdown here in Italy we were not allowed to ride outdoors for leisure. Hence I tried to take the most out of my garage ramp, which I rode up and down every day, topping 100 km in one month. It's about trying to react and do something good, even with limited means.
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While having a road group ride one of our pals felt uncomfortable on the asphalt riding his gravel bike. First dirt road and he has immediately rode down the hill using a single track leading to a beautiful valley in Ukraine Carpathian mountains.
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We have faced this wonderful perfectly green field while riding a century loop with added uncharted section. My road bike failed to overcome this type of terrain, but gravel machine of my friend Bohdan ate this easily!
Spotted this huge century tree and a local grandpa riding his horse carriage while having an exploration ride around Lviv region of Ukraine. 28 mm tire road bike is not the best solution for this type of roads, but certainly rideable.
Our bikes helped us escape and get above it all many times this year.
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Post ride hangouts were smaller and took place on the sidewalks outside of the local shop.
This local stretch of road always has good morning light and we made sure see a lot of it this year.
Unzipped short sleeve jerseys and neck gaiters.
Keep climbing. The views only get better.
Boris is going home after the race. Kyiv UA. 2020
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There are few spectators, but they are interested.
Kyiv Fall Criterium 2020.
We are going to Chernobyl!
train to Teteriv. 2020
Escape from the rain.
From woodland with love.
The highest peak in Hong Kong, Tai Mo Shan translates from Cantonese to “Cloud Mountain” because of the almost permanent meteorological dressing on top.
When the conditions are right, you can even feel as if you are part of the cloud.
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The photo was taken on a ride with my husband during lockdown. Although it looks like a scene from an alpine pass in the Tour de France, it’s actually a rural road in the Scottish Borders. The smoke was coming from a chain saw cutting a fallen tree from an overnight storm. For me, the smoke represents the haze we have all been living in during the pandemic, but we will emerge from it into clearer air with hope for better times.
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COVID put the kaibosh on the pub. Tinnies in the park was the obvious solution.
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Paceline fun in between good old British west-country rain showers
A favorite local gravel segment north of Boulder that I love for rare traffic and wonderful sun-setting light.
Taken at sunrise in Scarborough Marsh, Maine, USA during a weekly small CX group ride. One of a couple things that helped get me through 2020.
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I’m an Emergency Medicine physician and after long overnight shifts, I like go on a nice ride to help transition back to days. With the constant worry that I will bring COVID back to my family, work has been so stressful this year. That’s one of the reasons I cherish every ride I can squeeze in, especially this one that came on the morning of our first snow. The roads were more or less dry, but a fresh coating of powder totally transformed one of my favorite local routes.
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Because of social restrictions this year, cycling became my main source of exercise and a way to escape the “office” part of my home office. After finishing a ride on this particular day, I stopped by the park to catch the sunset. I joined (socially distanced) others who had already gathered there and we all silently enjoyed the last few minutes of daylight.
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Winter in Seattle means constant rain and overcast skies. This was a rare clear day.
I’ve been climbing this hill on my way home even though it’s out of the way. Cycling is a type of therapy for me, and the views I get front the top of the hill are part of that process.
The Oregon coast (like much of the US west coast) suffered from a devastating series of forest fires this summer, on top of the hardships caused by the pandemic. I took this photo during an unusually clear day on the coast, and it gives me hope that things will get better.
The outdoor velodrome has essentially closed to events this year. I passed by it on my ride and noticed this man and his daughter wandering around the track.
Hamburg - After missing the local group rides like the weekly Wednesday #lunchride or social events like #pedaleundpoeten due to the pandemic, riders started to put stickers and little iwasheretoo and messages on one post of Oberhafenbruecke as a sign of hope that one day in the near future we will all ride together again.
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A summer weekly Thursday night ride. Almost back to the parking lot for beers, racing daylight and passing under one of the most beautiful buildings in the city!
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What does one do after a century ride with 11k feet of climbing? Jump in the lake, of course.
Whipping through wildflower fields in Indiana. One rare photo from a few rides with my uncle this summer from our family farm. (He’s a both hands on the bars kind of guy).
My brother, Michał Pomorski, one of te best Polish juniors. The photo was taken in May, just after the lockdown was lifted in Poland, but we still did not know when the first races of the sezon were going to take place.
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Sunset photo session with my brother Michał Pomorski, one of the strongest juniors in Poland. At the time of taking the picture we did not know when the racing season was going to commence, but training in such place and conditions was a pleasure in itself.
My friends Jan and Dominika, on a wet descend during our bikepacking trip in Gory Sowie (that translates to Owl Mountains), in Poland. In two days we encountered all types of conditions, lots of rain and mud, hailstorm, but some sunshine as well.
My friend Jan in Dolomites, on the last uphill of the day. We were bikepacking from Vienna, Austria to the Garda Lake in Italy.
Solo camping the day after lockdown was lifted in Poland and we could enter the forests legally again. Perfect isolation, despite the cold
Most people the season after summer "fall." We call it General Store Season because there is no better time to ride gravel, peep the leaves, and stop to refuel in small town Indiana.
Never trust a Dead End sign. If you do, you'll miss out on adventures like this.
Atkinsonville, Indiana. Population 11, sometimes 12. It was actually 14 on this day!
The sweetness of a mid-ride bakery stop on the way to school!
While 2020 was surrounded by a lot of negatives, the growth of the local cycling community was a huge positive! This is from one of many early morning sunrise rides with an ever increasing group.
Organising bicycle races is a mentally and physically challenging task, it can turn the thing that you love the most into a chore. There are certain times during the creation process where everything comes together in an instant, a moment when the clouds break and the light you’ve been craving illuminates the land and everything you have worked hard towards suddenly feels that little bit closer
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A phenomenon known as scattering makes even the most mundane morning seem exceptional
After riding throughout the night and battling severe downpours and unrelenting winds we arrived at the foot of the infamous Stwlan Dam. Storm Ellen continued to punish us without mercy but her attempt at ruining a beautiful climb failed, as if anything it became more atmospheric than I’d ever known it and the journey was became ever more rewarding
The alarm clock calls and more often than not it’s ignored, however there are some mornings when it’s call can herald a bounty of riches that would be all but lost to the dreams of those ignorant to the early mornings beauty that surrounds us all
It’s not always about the bike, it’s not always about the road, it’s always about the journey that got you there
This photo is from a local UK hill climb race, showing the eventual winner and course record holder. I hung up my own bike that night in favour of picking up my camera to photograph this race, as the lighting that night was awesome.
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This photo is from the 2019 junior men’s road world championships in ‘sunny’ Yorkshire. I love this photo as it reminds me of better times before COVID dominated our lives. I think it’s awesome how the bright kasakhstan kit stands out against the bleak Yorkshire background.
This photo is from a local UK hill climb race, one of the shortest most intense seasons in UK cycling. Here the rider has ridden around 2 minutes of the climb, and he was clearly hurting with just over 2 minutes left to go...I’m glad I was behind the camera on this occasion!
The long and winding road of Corney Fell, one of the lesser known Cumbrian climbs, but one of the toughest! This place is bleak, and I think it shows in this photo. But as bleak as it is, it’s probably one of my favourite climbs in the UK! Here my friend was ahead of me, and I had to get a photo of how awesome the winding descent in front of us looked!
Here is a photo from a local UK hill climb race and behind the camera is myself screaming ‘up up up Tom, allez allez allez!!’. I find myself getting so into cheering on the riders, that I have to remind myself to take some photographs! I sometimes think someone should be photographing me as well, just for comedy value...This photo shows my friend Tom on his way to a strong podium finish.
The contrast in this picture really stood out to me with the vibrant sunrise popping out from the ominous clouds and the fresh centerline paint drawing your eye past the dark silhouette of a rider in an all black kit.
Is there anything more Midwest than this? Pancake flat, rural gravel roads lined by rows of corn as far as the eye can see. And I love it!
Sometimes, the shortest route between two points is through a creek. But even if it's not, it's still always the best route!
This was a ride I’m not going to forget for a while! 100 miles of gravel through Owen-Putnam State Forest near the height of leaf season. A day spent adventuring with a couple of great friends.
Owen-Putnam State Forest Gravel - the best ride of 2020! We started at sun up and rode nearly all day. While we had a route planned ahead of time, we took the day as it came to us. No pace to hold, no power numbers to hit, no time to be home. We rocked the flannel shirts until it got hot, stopped for plenty of photo ops, rode through creeks and sand and puddles, and enjoyed a couple of small town stops for snacks. This is the kind of ride everyone needs.
During lock down the local bunches ceased, and there was plenty of solo rides and riders. As things settled, racing started again. This image is taken on a hot Sunday morning at the local, purpose built crit track in Noosa. It is a break gone early, emerging from the dark bridge & tunnel and into the light, solo, with the pack chasing. It's lonely out there, as it has been in in periods of 2020. The bunch ultimately caught up and a pack formed, together again, as we hope for in 2021.
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This was captured at the start of the 2020 season at the Noosa Girraween crit track. There were healthy numbers racing- heading out from the tunnel and up the hill. The hill slowly wears at the legs of each rider. The group squeezes and punches through this section ultimately finding out who is strongest. It's where the final lap sprint is launched. You know the pain to expect at this point on the course, we had no idea of the pain to come in 2020.
The first local crit of 2020 at Noosa. During Covid19 we have been reminded of the value of local: local adventures, local sourcing of necessities, local connections to friends and family. We have been forced into looking close by, and no so far abroad. This year I have loved the local! On the front in this photo are 3 riders from 3 seperate local teams. I love the silhouettes and sky in this photo, but also I love the competition between 3 local teams dishing it out to one another.
Hot sunny day, gravel ride out the back, in the location behind our home town, this is where the gravel runs thick...
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Single track is not for the faint hearted! We tried to find our way down this path but got to a dead end and had to come back! It may not look like much but it was steep!
When you wake up before breakfast time, so you take breakfast with you on the ride. Ie, the bananas sticking out the pockets...
Going on a gravel ride into the middle of nowhere and getting on of those 4 tube punctures!
Being stuck at home with Covid so you wash your bike 17 times and polish the dust off it daily!
The Women's Tour Down Under offers fans an incredible amount of access to the professional teams. The shot above is emblematic of this accessibility, providing an intimate fan's-eye-view of the Trek-Segafredo riders as they prepare for the race to begin.
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Guillaume Van Keirsbulck awaits the start of Stage 5 at the 2020 Tour Down Under. Shot through the glass of his CCC team bus, this image offers a window to a time when crowds of fans lined the roadside, bustling to catch a glimpse of the riders before the race rolled out.
Mads Pedersen may not have had too many opportunities to show off his rainbow bands in 2020 - but when he did, he did with style.
flying 200 start of my son Kade in Knights of Suburbia kit for mental health . just a club race for all abilities at Coburg velodrome
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Christmas last man standing led by christmas postie cam
Riding across the State of Missiouri on an abandoned rail line.
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2 days of 100 miles we finally reach day 3. After a cool 30 miles the rain starts and doesn’t stop for the next 85 miles.
While riding through a farm i came across this truck. Putting my bike in it it still showed movement though the landscape I was already traveling.
Took this while in Florida. Just north of Daytona Beach.
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2020 has been quite hectic to say the least and towards the end of summer I found out I was going to be losing my job. At the same time this is when I started cycling. Days like this morning ride help me learn about life. In cycling there are definitely times you have to embrace the suck, your legs could be on fire, lungs about to burst but for some reason you keep pedalling. You reach your destination but all you can remember is the journey and how you got there, with hope and perseverance.
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Last part of the stelvio,
Sufferd very hard but My time was 1h23
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Also on the magic Climb the stelvio. Loved every second of it.
Only hard work and comitment can achieve your ambitious goals.
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In January, a team suffers through a grueling workout preparing for the season that would never be.
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A commuter grimaces in pain from a brutal frigid wind while an annoyed driver waits for her to pass. She represents many in Boston who choose to commute by bike through the winter despite the snow and cold because the alternatives are so much worse.
I'm sure there isn't a good year to lose the ability to ride a bike, but 2020 isn't the year I would have chosen. While others spoke of how escaping on their bike was everything, my world was getting smaller. Getting a handcycle gave me back the pieces I needed most, the ability to push myself through hard workouts and a feeling that I could still be a part of the cycling community.
Encouraging my 8 year old son through his CX race.
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Jr CX... this photo demonstrates the commitment my son has to the sport. This photo sums up his passion for CX.
Fall colors... fall CX.
Adventure/Gravel riding during Covid 19 - On my own and having a Zen time with my bike and the nature. For a moment in paradise in a crazy world.
Solo riding in my backyard and testing my poorly sprint even though i for a moment feel like Sagan 😉
On the way to new roads and a world which will be better and more like the one we knew.
COVID-19 made for an unusual season away from the road bike and group rides. I found myself riding alone a lot more often and gravitating to the mountain bike. This was the big ride of the year, the Lord of the Squirrels Loop in Whistler.
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Au sommet du Grand Colombier, le public attend les coureurs. Derriere, on peut voir l'un des plus beaux lacs d'Europe : le lac du Bourget.
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Pierre Latour complètement vidé, au sommet du Ventoux. Quatrième du Mont Ventoux DC et l'un des plus offensifs.
Un nid de guepes.
The picture was taken during one of our training rides on training camp. I liked the picture because of the sun, the black asphalt and the Belgian nature.
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Morning solo ride out to the pony club in Viewbank on my gravel bike. Amazing morning to clear the head.
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First attempt at Mt Buffalo in Victoria after Melbourne’s strict lockdown was finally lifted!!!! It hit me just how big the climb was going to be!
Half way up Mt Buffalo in Victoria
Reflected sunrise at Upwey fire station, the start of the Australian summer 2020. Even though this building was well within the 5km local quarantine zone, being able to ride past and away made riding so much more interesting.
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2020 gave me chance to reconnect with two of my favorite things; my kids and exploring on our bikes in our local mountains. We were both struck by the beauty of this tree struck by lightning and stopped to take it in.
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Beauty and the beast to find it!
My lil duck friend made me smile on every ride he took with me and reminded me to keep going through it all!
I took the picture during our scout of the route of the tourmalet . The mountians, the emptyness and the wideness, impressed us very much. Then we saw this guy cycling peacefully on his own, climbing the mountain. This was the moment we starting to feel comfertable.
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come on! still 5 bends and curves to go... you can do this.
This is from a sweet winterride in Norway, November 2019.
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Had an awsome weekend in Eidsvåg this summer with two friends. Just riding bikes and having fun. This pic is from when we rode up Trollstigen (https://cyclist.com.au/travel/trollstigen-norway/)
This one is from Aursjøvegen. Between Sunndal and Eikesdalsvatnet, some of the finest mountain areas in Norway.
2020 meant no travels to exotic destinations, like I normally do every year, but it also gave a deeper and deeper appreciation for the trails that I've done so many times. Staying home is, in many ways, the best we can do.
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Friendship, true friendship that helped me survive this crazy year. Thank you.
Empty road, in very early ride, during lockdown. Riding kept me sane through this tough year, and I discovered some many beautiful roads just around the block!
Cyclists also believe that there will always be light at the end of the road. (Location: Tokyo, Japan)
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Rider in the Women's Elite/U23 Race at the British National Cyclocross championships in Shrewsbury waving to her pit crew
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Beth Crumpton embracing her father, after finishing 3rd in the Womens Elite British National Cyclocross championships. Showing how much it meant to her for all the support.
Tom Pidcock on the start line ready for the Men's Elite/U23 British National Championship race in Shrewsbury, which he then went on to win and have a very good 2020
The National Championship. The one race and jersey every British cyclo-cross rider hopes to win... For Tom Pidcock this was the start of an incredible 2020 race season.
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Is Spring the best season to ride in? So much colour, new life and opportunities around every corner
Mountain bike and the local hills mde socially distancing bearable in 2020.
Captured my boyfriend in his local trails on a rainy January day.
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He's new to track, I'm new to the camera. Caught my boyfriend coming out corner 2 at the Jerry Baker Memorial Velodrome during one of their COVID ITT days.
My boyfriend, new to track, being held for a start during a Jerry Baker Memorial Velodrome COVID ITT day. Normally he is the one behind the camera but since he was busy racing...
A lonely day with the Roadbike. Because of covid and the curfews, the streets are empty, sports are allowed. People rarely come across me on this 100km ride. Beautiful autumn colors and cold air make this trip special for me.
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In the vineyards of Stuttgart. The crowning glory of a 2 day 300km bikepacking trip . Many beautiful covers were collected on the Tpri, but this view remains the longest.
I haven't been to work often this year. A lot of time in the home office often means more work. On the days when I could go to the office, I often used my bike to commute. Wonderful sunrises and plays of light reward you for overcoming getting on your bike in the morning.
Everyone loves a happy ending, especially during these difficult times. My submission last year was of Marion Norbert-Riberolle in tears at the finish line of the Cyclocross World Championships as she had an untimely mechanical and lost in the final lap. In 2020 she stormed away to victory to win the U23 World Championships by a mile. Embracing her family, draped in a French flag, it was a moment of true happiness, one of hope, and this year without despair.
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This summer, Switzerland had a small respite from the pandemic. We were given back some of our freedoms, yet cautioned. It was a much needed rest, where people were hopeful that normality was closer. Keeping in the spirit of safety, myself and three friends left on a socially distanced bike-packing trip around Switzerland. We covered over 850km and 10,000m of climbing. In this photograph, we roll by the beautiful Belvedere Hotel on the Furkapass. The most iconic climb in Switzerland!
Hope! What better story for hope this year than Ceylin del Carmen Alvarado winning the Cyclocross World Championship. The first cyclist of colour in history to do so. In this image she had just won the sprint and was screaming as her bike crashed into the gate separating the fans and photographers from the riders. She embraced her mother as they both cried tears of sheer joy. A truly special moment.
At the start of the year I bought a ticket to Melbourne to push my photography dream. This image is of the WA legend Cameron Meyers winning the road race.
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I was down at the velodrome taking photos of the State track champs, it was the third day of the event and I was trying to find different way of shooting the riders.
I took this at a local crit at the start of March. Little did any one know weeks later it wouldn’t be acceptable to stand that close together.
This photo was taken packing the bikes to go climb an iconic mountain in Colombia, when I mounted the bike, I could still see the moon, so it was a great shot.
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One of my first photographs learning how to show movement, I saw this guy fly by so happy on his bike that it was perfect timing.
Following my father down a road to a town near Bogotá, he is 71, and still rides like he was 30.
Following the Wheel
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The face of fatigue
Vhen the climb is so hard
Melbourne Lockdown 2.0 - 1 hour of exercise a day within 5km. This photo shows that even in the most trying of times you can find something of beauty and hope.
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The story is probably better than the photo, after all, this is just another shot of a guy on Zwift. But this was the first time on a bike post open heart surgery. Giving hope to being back outside eventually. A goal ticked off more than anything
Casually cool. The next generation. Open city. Open parks. Almost open life. Fresh air and promises of a "coffee".
I took this photo on a surprise, 58 degree December day. Nothing beats the joy and excitement of a spontaneous ride with no goals or metrics to obtain. Just soaking in the opportunity to ride a bike and explore.
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I took this photo on the commute home from work. I decided to take a new way home on an abandoned railroad that had been ripped up and came across this bridge. It took me much longer to get home. But finding little gems like this is always worth it.
I call this photo “Leave what’s lost behind”. There are a lot of things we would like to move on from in 2020. I believe we need to acknowledge those things, grow, and push onward. I think this image does a good job in capturing this.
No events in 2020 meant that there is time for other things - for example exploring the gravel trend. this pictures taken at 2.500 meters of altitude in the area of Großglockner (Zirmsee), exploring places a road bike would never take me to. and as it´s 2020, it´s a proper self portrait 😉
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No events in 2020 meant that there is time for other things - again on a gravel bike, again exploring new places and roads - in this case Osttirol. and as it´s 2020, it´s a proper self portrait 😉
OK, there were group rides in 2020 too, although "group" meant meeting with one other guy or girl. Roads were empty anyway, the snowy hills made up for a great background. and with all the indoor cycling done in 2020 during quarantines and lockdowns, even the cold doesn't seem so scary anymore 😉
I took this photo during the protests of racial injustice in Washington, DC. It was the height of the summer, and the air was hot and electric. There was a mixture of passion, frustration, and exhaustion in the people who attended. Away from the crowds, this person was having a quiet, solitary moment at the WWII memorial— in front of some of the key states in The Civil Rights Movement.
To me, this captures the other side of hope: the kind of moments that hope saves you from.
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Riding in to the unknown . Clocking up the km’s on Christmas Day for the Rapha Festive 500. If only we knew what 2020 had in store.
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This was a shot I had scoped using Google Streetview before I travelled to France. The location proved to be as good as I hoped but I did concentrate on capturing Primož Roglič in yellow. On second glance I was glad to see I also had this one of eventual winner Tadej Pogačar whose hopes for winning the race were still alive with two stages to go.
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My hopes of hitting three different locations during this stage were dashed when I hit traffic around Lake Annecy. Then after finding local road works I knew I couldn't make it to a spot on the descent of the Plateau des Glières. I think I once saw a quote saying sports photography is 80% dealing with disappointment so this shot was making the most of what I had in front of me, I had missed the leaders but saw this typical Tour de France scene as the race sped through Thorens Glières.
Matteo Trentin climbing towards Villard-de-Lans on Stage 16 of the Tour de France. Every rider came round this corner looking up, hoping to see the end of the climb. I got into a low position with the light nicely catching faces, Oakleys and sometimes jewellery as they passed.
Sunrise over the Grampians in South-West Victoria. Heading into the mountains on a 150km training ride. To me this is a special place, so much freedom, peace and open space. A feeling of being miles away from COVID, lockdown, constant news streams and social media. This is pure freedom.
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Photo of my friend Emils as he prepares for his first year in World Tour. We raced togeather from childhood and he was always amazing, but not so easy to move up ranks from here... so finaly at age 28 he is in WT and kicking ass! Just like in picture - finally he is in light out of shadows
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Out in cold winter here in Latvia. Motivated young rider, friend Pauls trains for upcomming season even when roads are in ice. Motivation at its highest, as he is gona try to score results to move up pro ranks. Its easier if there is sun in your backyard in winter, but Latvia teaches you grit!
Gravel ride with my brother in Latvia. Sun doesnt come up in winter until 9:30 so its nice to put on some head lamps and go cach sunrise even if its freezing! Always got to take best out of tough times.
Since switching to gravel riding, I've tried to slow things down, stop more often and enjoy the moments. This was one of those moments - a brief stop and a moment of gratitude for all that I have.
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Making the most of a mild, clear mid-winter ride on my local gravel trails.
2020 is a strange and difficult year for all of us. This picture is one of happiness, already knowing that strange things were coming. Together with my wife and 2 kids in the trailer in Tejeda, Gran Canaria in February. We were happy to enjoy the sun, the roads, the mountains, the warmth and the effort. We should never forget to enjoy the closeness of your loved ones, especially in these difficult times.
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This photo sums up to me the grit and determination that everybody in the world has had to dig deep for. Cycling is all about reaching your goals and suffering for them. The reward of getting through to success makes it all worth while. We have all had to turn to our inner cycling energy to get through this together.
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The Tour of WA is a brand new 6-day cycling event through some of the most stunning locations in the Southwest corner of Western Australia. This aerial image shows a group of cyclists dwarfed by the surrounding forest.
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This image was taken on Day 5 of the TOWA (Tour of Western Australia), on the road between Manjimup and Augusta. The Karri forests, wildflowers and scenery where the perfect backdrop, but what I really like about this image is the strange optical illusion created by the road.
Avoiding the busier times to ride this year has meant some earlier jumps and some later spins too. As a result, I've been stoked to find myself riding in different weather/light conditions than I normally would - both solo and with friends.
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Being more careful when riding with buddies this year has often meant keeping a bit more distance between each other on rides. The upside of that though has meant discovering more opportunities to grab pics like this one. Silver linings and all that...
One thing I've noticed out on rides this year is how much more stoked people are to have the opportunity to get out on the bike. More hellos, more waves, more good vibes all around. It's definitely been one of the upsides of riding in 2020 for sure.
Winter training camp, first coach advice on face to face. At this time everybody expect the best saison has possible.
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Winter training camp in sud of France. The juniors team restart the training and the young racer wish the victory.
CX school training, evrybody apreciate at 200% to be again on traning after lockdown.
My first visit at a cyclocross worldcup in Hoogerheide - one of the last races before Covid19 and a lot of party. Herr the King MvdP is leading the race before soloing to the victory a Bit later.
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Mathieu van der Poel - the Number One of cyclocross in Front of a huge crowd in Hoogerheide 2020
Ceylin del Carmen Álvarado at her last race in the national Champions Jersey at Hoogerheide - on this day she lost the Overall Worldcup, one week later she rides to glory at the Worldchampionships in Dubendorf. And Look at her smile...
Cycling Cheddar Gorge. A hairpin I've climbed hundreds of time and each time is as breathtaking as the last
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Same hairpin. A lot more enjoyable going doing it though.
Spot the cyclist.
When the school was shot down during Lockdown my 7 year old son Levi & I frequently went for some local rides.
By the end of summer one day he picked up my "mountain-passes" book and said he wanted to ride a mountain himself.
So we picked up the notorious Tremolo of the St. Gottardo 'cuz there's no traffic.
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(pt. 2) So Levi took a day of at school (which had started again) and we took the train to Airola.
And started the famous climb - just as Levis hero Hugh Carthy did on his long solo win at the queen stage of the 2019 Tour de Suisse.
(pt. 3) we did a few lil pause but Levi successfully climbed his 1st alpine pass - and also did the downhill on the otherwise.
What an unforgettable day for both of us!
A weekend out riding with friends is the best balm to the soul during these trying times. Stay safe!
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The trail runs right along someone's house boundary; just thinking about it gives me an adrenaline rush and a reminder that a bike takes you everywhere
Wide expanse of sky and greenery makes for a soothing sight, a reminder of the beauty of the natural world
The winter skiing and cycling season in France came to an abrupt end on 17 March, 2020, when the country went into lockdown. Like so many cyclists, like @cycliste_tricolore spent the end of the winter and most of spring at home, with physical exercise limited to online training platforms.
As soon as lockdown eased in May, we couldn’t wait to finally switch to “real life” mode! With our high-mountain playground once again open, we set off for one of the permitted areas toward the Col du Galbier.
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@cycliste_tricolore reached the summit I was 2,642 m above sea level. The view was the supreme reward for my efforts, with a 180° panorama over the Col du Lautaret below. The famous milestone which marks the col itself was still under the snow; a final reminder of the shortened winter.
Imagine unpaved roads between lakes and snow-capped peaks, from 1500m to 3000m. High valleys and their mountain fields covered in flowers, to mineral summits. We’ll follow old military roads littered with abandoned forts that run along the border with Italy. Welcome in Haute Maurienne, an incredible playground for mountain gravel where we took with shoot with @cycliste_tricolore and @jeromefurbeyre
After being locked down in Melbourne for 3 months not allowed to leave the house for more than 1hr. This photo was taken on a bikepacking trip to the Otways on the first weekend we could get out. Gravel roads, fresh air and big open plains were so refreshing after weeks of staring at walls and inner city life.
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Cyclocross was different this year, with it being touch and go whether we had a season at all. We did, and I wanted to capture two old friends/competitors being able to catch up--responsibly, before they raced.
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Cyclocross is a sport of high highs and low lows. I was following this guy as he kept increasing his lead from lap to lap, but with one lap to go, he blew his tire. Definitely not his day.
This image, from early in the cyclocross season is from the Men's intermediate category. Even though these are amateur racers, the grit and determination written across their faces is just as real as it is for the pros.
Amateur race in Dobele, Latvia. Analogue camera: Kiev 66 (Ilford Delta 400). Its challanging and rewarding to shoot cycling analogue!
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The first race back at the iconic heffron goat track in Sydney after lockdown. The racing cycling community was waiting with bated breath for a return to racing - it didn’t disappoint. Love it!
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The trainer and I didn’t get on. A photo diary of every session during lockdown showed increasingly desperate expressions and hope for a brighter future with hectic bunch rides, double parks ups, coffee, sun and most of all riding with mates!
I’ve always dreamed about cycling over “Sognefjellet” and “Tindevegen” as soon as they open. This year everything was perfect. Record amounts of snow, historically late opening and perfect weather. A dream come true! The bike ride of my life.
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In the forest north of Oslo there are endless gravel roads. And from one of them you can see a suspension bridge in the distant. I set out to find it trough small trails and a lot of hike-a-bike, but it was worth it!
In our group of friends this is simply called “the turn”. The best view over Oslo’s forests, about 30 minutes of riding from the city center. Simply amazing.
My friends wanted to simply immortalise their ride crew for this special year. I knew we would pedal for long time and going up and down hills. So I carried my heavy camera bag on my road bike with my shoes clipped in and grab all those little special and improvised moments thought this ride around Montreal city in Canada. This pose was actually a moment of 3sec waiting for the red light in the Old Port. The light, the lines through the buildings and this smile from Eva was just perfect.
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This is an iconic spot in Montreal city. It's our biggest hill called Camilien Houde. I ride their almost 2 times a week on my bike with friends. I had a tone of pictures of it but during this morning ride everything was align for me. The sun, the position of my friends on their bikes etc. Important note on this one: I was climbing a 10% hill on my bike holding my Canon 5D IV and a 24-70 lens. That was a heavy setup.
Looking at this moment makes me zen. We wouldn't thing that something wrong is happening in our World right now. It is simply 4 cyclists riding in a beautiful place in Tremblant, Canada. No wind, nothing. I can only hear the wheels turning on the road that's it. Don't you?
Training at home because of COVID was a difficult time for me. Trying to find motivation and drive to train was a really tought task to do. At the the END using smart trainer was a good way to maintain weight an even built some muscles.
One siliver lining to the otherwise bleak 2020 road cycling season in Colorado was that the highest paved road in North America -- to the summit of Mount Evans (14,271-feet -4,350 m- in altitude) -- was closed to cars, making it perfect for cyclists attempting to accomplish a pesonal milestone. This image was taken on Father's Day, June 21, as I and my two adult children attempted to reach the top on bicycles, despite the few inches of snow remaining from a storm a few days before.
Rainbow at the pool one day after commuting to work
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Simple ride that turned into an off road adventure - I found a segment on strava I was sure would be a fun ride and turned onto it one day. Realized it was a dirt road but stayed with it on my road bike. Turned out to be one of my favorite rides ever
A secret to no one, 2020 was an interesting year. In a year when we were encouraged to stay away from people, it also encouraged us to explore places new to us where people could not be found. This photo was taken atop Cumberland Pass in Colorado, near dusk, after a grueling day of climbing. It felt as though we had an odd permission to go further than we might have in years and adventures past, yet still felt welcome to stop and take in the sights.
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Ok. Odd photo, right? Here comes the metaphor. While bikepacking outside Fraser in July, we were a mere 4 miles into an 86 mile loop. I looked down to see I'd already lost a bar tape plug, and didn't know how 82 more miles of unraveling tape were going to work. No sooner than I realized it was gone, did I find a spent shotgun shell, which I stuffed into the bar. We were 4 miles into 2020 when everything changed. We had to find a way to get through the remaining 82 miles, using whatever worked.
We bikepacked an old abandoned narrow gauge railroad along the Vapor Trail in September. No one was around. It was a spectacular sight, and a fascinating lesson in Colorado's mining history, as we eventually crested to the nearby Alpine Tunnel.
After a long cold winter , I finally got out on the bike and was heading for home after a few kms with a mate - my front tyre was loosing air but couldn’t resist this long shadow shot
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Round 2 of the Twilight Crit series in Perth.
As the sun sets later in summer for the Southern hemisphere, it means there is more time for racing bikes after hours.
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My life in 2020 metaphorically summed up in a gravel race
Beauty in nature, chaos by mechanicals & the long gravel roads ahead.
All dressed up
Our second son was born March 19, 2020 right when everything in Ohio went into lockdown. I was home with my wife and our two sons for 6 weeks. One day our then 2.5 year old said "Daddy, we ride to coffee shop?" Of course I said yes and we had our first coffee shop ride. It was one of the best days of my life.
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I took this photo of my dad somewhere deep in the Canadian Rockies, during my ride across Canada. My dad accompanied me from Victoria to Calgary, 1089km over three massive mountain passes, all at the age of 58. We parted in Calgary and I continued on my own to complete a coast-to-coast, 6900km, 34-day tour. Looking at this picture always gives me hope because it reminds me what I am capable of, and the people who are there to support me, like my dad.
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Just an ordinary autumn ride in the national park “Kopacki rit” in baranya county, Croatia. We were heading home and the sunet was approaching but we didn’t bring any lights so we have to be very fast. Despite the time cut, i didn’t want to miss this oportunity to take this shot.
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After a hard day on the saddle, my buddy and i were just chilling on the beach and soak our feet in the freezing adriatic sea in Split, Croatia. It was autumn and the sun was spot on but it was some 12 degrees celsius.
First ride outside after more than 2 months at home without riding, even if it is in our backyard close to home, still means hope.
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Riding on the trails of lesser known Italian mountains in the summer, still means hope and freedom.
When there is no hope of traveling around the world, bikes still give you this hope and freedom to travel and discover, like in my first-ever 5-days unsupported slow bikepacking tour across Central Italy lesser known roads, from West to East coast, through Tuscany, Umbria and Marche.
In April this year I moved to a new city. As I didn`t know any other cyclists there, I explored the roads by myself. I started carrying a small tripod to take photos of myself while riding. I like the idea of including people in a landscape. I think it adds some sense of scale. When I rolled through the tunnel and saw the light hitting the mountains on the other side of the fjord, I stopped to set up the camera.
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Every year in spring I want the snow to melt as fast as possible. At the same time I am drawn to the roads where as much snow as possible is left. This year at the end of May, a mate and I went to Juvass, a road in the high mountains in Norway. Riding up to 1841 masl we passed man-high snow walls along the road.
Nothing better than a sunset ride on a gravel climb with nice view in early autumn. This road goes up to the alpine ski center close to Molde on the west coast of Norway. We are blessed here with stunning views across the fjords, mountains and islands.
Max Haggard of Guillotine Cycling comes around a corner fast and in the lead of a local Arizona fixed gear crit.
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This rider attempts to breakaway from the pro women’s field at the Valley of the Sun stage race Criterium. She rails it through a corner and opens a good gap that holds until the last few laps.
One of the last races before lockdown! The pro women’s field at Tour de Murrieta heads into the last lap of the criterium. Pain etched on the faces, and a bit of relief knowing the race will be over soon.
“I have wheels and I race”. The photo is pre-Covid 19 at the Para cycling National Championships conducted at Buninyong January 2020. The contestant is one of many who compete in cycling and who have adapted equipment configurations to accommodate their disability. This is “hand” cycling - appreciate the crank length and the upper body movement to effect a rotation, at the same time steering the bike. Compare rider with a mountain climber and their light arms!
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“One way or another - we ride our bikes”. Two different categories in the Para cycling National Championships conducted at Buninyong, pre-Covid 19 in January. The tandem with the vision impaired rider is passing the cyclist on the recumbent “hand” machine. The recumbents with such low profiles can reach amazing speeds on the good roads.
Just a simple photo where the shutter speed leaves the bidon suspended mid air. At the pre-Covid 19 National Road Championship it is Mitchelton Scott rider Nick Schultz disposing of the bidon in the direction of some souvenir hunting kids.
When I’m out there riding my bike these days, it’s not about training, it’s more about creating. I sometimes ride in the late afternoon just hoping for some nice light. This was a new section of trail for me and the scene was just too nice not to stop and try to capture it.
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I had just spent the past week in self quarantine not really understanding what this whole covid thing was about. I had friends in Italy telling me how scary it was and I believed them. I wanted to ride my bike outside but wasn’t sure about the risks. I figured if I rode to 10,000’ I wouldn’t see too many other people. I saw no one. It was a glimpse into things to come. The ride helped to bring peace to my busy mind. I don’t remember every ride. I remember this one.
Be ok with being alone and you’ll never be lonely. No training plan, no goals. Just ride your bike and see where you take each other.
This photo is more about the feeling cycling brings us than the actual cyclist in the photo, I feel like cycling brings us a feeling of excitement and joy even if we're not the biggest fans and we can't help but cheer them on, and just like we had to be this year, cyclists are a lot tougher than they look
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After selling my road bike 3 years ago, I finally got a new one to get back into cycling. I decided to go gravel this time and I’m so happy I did. Being back on two wheels makes me smile the whole ride. This picture is a symbol of putting some freedom back in my life. Much like this winding path, life has its turns as well. However, It’s easier to ride through life when you have bike. Happy to be back on two wheels.
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In february the Bora team arrived to my Hometown Medellín and i join them a couple of days in bike and taking pictures, in this one i say to Peter to do an sprint in the back of the motorcycle, my cousin Lucho put the pace on the motorbike and i lean a little bit to take it with a good angle.
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This one was on the road to la Ceja Antioquia Hometown of Fernando, it was on his first ride in Colombia after he had Covid.
this one was on one of the few events that the Covid let do in Medellin, Everesting! this is a close friend Daniel Mesa who complete the route and i took this picture in the top of las palmas, at the time of the pic he already has in his legs 6.500 meters of climbing.
2020 was a strange time to move across the world and begin life in a new country. This was one of our first rides after our bikes arrived, around the beauty of our new home in Switzerland- the light through the trees and fog in the moors of Maschwanden perfectly capturing the feeling of a new start.
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Waited in the 43 degree feed zone to snag this picture at the Tour Down Under.
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Catching a wave from Thibaut after his Alpe d’Huez win at the 2015 Tour de France.
Post coffee ride shot of my son with 9-time Paracycling World Champion Carol Cooke, taken in 2019 in Elwood, Victoria, Australia.
Chasing aspens on the groad in Durango, CO.
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Finishing the copper triangle, passing through Vail Pass. Colorado summers are best enjoyed on a bike.
Mt Evans, Colorado the highest paved road in North America. The silver lining to 2020 was increased accessibility to roads like these. Mt Evans was closed to cars, allowing cyclists to enjoy this beautiful climb.
I regularly bike on the W& OD Trail in northern Virginia. I have come to love every mile of its 40 mile length and I have ridden over 2000 miles at 67 years old. A life long biker, riding almost every day this year has made me healthier, happier and allowed me to work from home more effectively. The air, the sun, the wind, the other riders, and the exhilaration and excitement I first felt as a young boy have been so sustaining, so wonderful. I am super grateful to be able to bike.
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Gravel riding in the Tarentaise (France). The region is mostly known for the ski resorts and regular Tour de France stage finishes of Val Thorens, Meribel and Courchevel (in the background). But it offers way more to the discerning cyclists, like this great loop to the Refuge du Mont Jovet
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Riding on Marco Pantani's training ground in Emilia Romagna. The region is a cycling paradise, as I discovered on one of my rare trips abroad this year
For the first time this year, the Col de la Croix was part of 'Ride the Alps', a series of events in Switzerland which sees passes closed to motorised traffic for half a day. We climbed it with Ben, our 5 year old son. He started on his own and we towed him with a rope for the rest of the climb. What a great family experience.
The Col de la Croix de Coeur above Verbier, Switzerland. It is the last pass of the Tour des Stations ultrafondo, a grueling 230km sportive with more than 8'000 meters of climbing
I live in the Swiss region of the Alpes vaudoises and the Col de la Croix is our local climb. Here my friend Luca is descending towards our hometown of Gryon after a late afternoon ride in mid-November. The pass is now covered with snow and we will have to wait until May to go back there on our bikes.
I guess I was not the only one to rediscover my backyard in 2020. This road is 5km from my house and yes, I'm a lucky bastard
Hope is the theme of this year's competition. This pic shows Rudy Porter racing the u23 Road Race at the Australian Road Nationals, January 2020. He had been involved in a big crash. He kept racing, despite some nasty looking injuries. He finished in sixth place. When I heard the theme of this year's competition was hope, I thought of this pic. Rudy displays the determination and resilience that cycling is famous for.
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The Bay Crits Series is the first cycling event in Melbourne each year. I took this pic of young Sam Eddy in action at the Williamstown round. The riders fly around this corner. I took this pan shot of Sam attacking the field. The energy and intensity of his effort are captured.
Franky Sewell of Roxsolt-Liv-SRAM is one of the best young riders in Australia. She finished on the podium a few times at the Australian Road Nats, in January 2020. She is descending at high speed, in full control of her bicycle. Her focus on maximising her speed can be seen. She has a big future ahead of her. This pics is one of my favourites of the year.
This is my friend Ross just after completing his first Everesting. A chronic miscalculation of how many reps of his chosen hill he’d have to complete meant that he’d actually stopped prior to this photo being taken thinking that he had finished. He had not. He still had around 35 reps left, but with a strong determination he got back on the bike and completed the challenge. I took this photo after he’d actually completed it, and he can be seen here hoping that this time he had reached his goal.
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Ross and his bike in the foothills of a cold and wet Snowdonia. This sums up winter riding for me.
My favourite thing to do during the winter. Long gravel rides with friends. This photo was taken during one of the best.
Cycling in De Hoop Nature Reserve
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Post lockdown riding with the family.
Lockdown cycling in the morning.
In July I was hit from behind so never even saw it coming. Second best to the SUV that didn't even slow down. I got away with this broken collarbone. Absolute strangers stopped and helped pick me and my bike up from the middle of the road in the midst of a pandemic without hesitation - called an ambulance, directed traffic around me, tied a sling out of an old blanket. Today, I cherish even more the value of my own mortality. I hug my wife tight and I know the world is full of good people.
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Es la foto de mi primer carrera como ciclista aficionado, quería hacer un buen debut y supere mis espectativas (60 entre 1.200 ciclistas). En la foto puedes ver a mi hermano mayor corriendo los últimos 100 metros a mi lado hasta la meta, me lleno de felicidad y energía verlo allí para rematar y sobrepasar en los últimos metros a un corredor, varios espectadores me dijeron que fue el mejor remate de la carrera. Un mensaje de esperanza en que lo mejor está por venir para todos nosotros, saludos.
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A picture in a picture. Capturing the amazing wonders seen on the Colorado Trail.
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I took this photo during one of the many rides that were only possible for two in Germany due to Covid-19. I think it describes very well the loneliness that Covid-19 has brought into our lives due to the restrictions, but at the same time also the hope and confidence that this time is coming to an end and there will be light again behind one of the next bends.
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After a long lockdown in Spain spending 2/5 months inside on zwift it felt so good to go out again! Dancing on the pedals it was on off my best morning ever on the bike
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A short summer after work spin, trying to keep up with the thunderstorms who was chasing me
A lot of bad news again about COVID with the second wave on the way.
Clearing my head with a nice gravel ride.
During the festive500 week we go out riding early in the dark of the night. This day wasn't different, sub zero degrees and a sunrise that lit the sky in beautiful colors. We had to stop and take it in. Sometimes you get lucky even in a year as 2020
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Where there’s light, there’s hope. We are never alone in this world. We rode through the hills of stunning Mount Dandenong, after a hard lockdown in Melbourne. It’s as if the fog has lifted and the sun is shining through, just like this photo, Melbourne has come back to life and life is hopeful in 2021.
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Light is hope. We are all drawn to light, and therefore hope. I’m just so blessed that I was at the right place and time to capture this moment. What a time to be alive!
Here’s to hope. Coming out of lockdown, my boy went straight into washing his bike. Like his dad, he was anxious about the outside world but still hopeful to go out and play again like every kid deserves. I hope this photo will remind us of the simple things that we often take for granted of and don’t wait until it’s taken away from us.
Lockdown 1.0 in the UK bought deserted roads and closed car parks so local trails were also empty. The spring evenings bought solitude and a serene environment away from the daily “cycle” of virtual meetings and email. Bicycles in themselves bring hope in many forms. Gravel brings a great mix of Speed over roads and getting closer to nature off road. Sanity on 2 wheels!
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Mam Nic - Famous in the Peak District, a former National Hill Climb course it is a gruelling but spectacular climb. It translates to Mother Hill and allows a transfer from Edale - back into the Hope Valley - a fitting climb therefore, for this theme. After lockdown 1.0 I rode it with my oldest friend and it was the first time we had been together that year - I had not even been able to meet his newborn daughter. 1 simple day punched a hole in an otherwise profound year.
This ride started in horrific weather and this image shows a total contrast to spectacular weather with the clouds providing a stunning backdrop. The little chapel is perhaps a symbol of hope as much as the scene itself. This road climbs up to the village of Flash - the highest village in the UK.
Riding with my friend between lockdowns this day provided a punctuated block of time where for one day we were taken away from the calamity of the year. Just two friends enjoying bikes.
Took this photo on a Tuesday morning, after I got dropped from the peloton for taking my camera out, the last person who dropped me was capture on this image.
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Sometimes you have to jump walls to continue the road, very common situation when you decide to go on gravel roads here in Colombia.
130 km gravel ride from
Bogotá to Sutatausa, one fun descent before hitting gradients over 25%
With lockdown and nowhere to go, we ride to the airport and pretend we are travelling.
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This picture was taken after I finished La Marmotte Alpes. My daughter was at the finish, it was my highlight of 2020, my first real year of cycling. Something I would never forget
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It was taken at my first day in the alpes, I was there to ride la Marmotte alpes. 3 weeks before I crashed hard in the Ardennes. I broke and crushed a few ribs. climbing col du Sarenne convinced me I could ride la Marmotte
National Champs at Shrewsbury. The community the colour and vibrancy that is cyclocross before it all changed. Waiting for Tom Pidcock to cross the line. This picture reminds me of good times
National Champs January 2020. A tough race for this one after an amazing first lap, Wessex Wallys (from our local league) offering encouragement and support along the way. This looked tough, 2020 proved to be tougher
Finally completed the pain cave during Lockdown 1 - this room was my salvation when it got tough. Sweat and tears, thankful I had my bike, indoors and out to get me through 20202
This pic was taken when me and two friends rode the South Downs Way, a 100 mile off-road route from Winchester to Eastbourne. I took my beloved Yashica T3...I stored the camera in the top tube bag along with a half eaten protein bar. After some pretty rocky, bone shaking descents I pulled the camera out to take this snap only to find that the bar had disintegrated and had filled every part of the camera.....this was its last frame ...ever. Quite a cool ending to a cameras life .
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The sweet spot before daylight savings kicks in!
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Kangaroo and its Joey in kangaroo alley!
This year with so much of our winter spent indoors due to restrictions, it made those winter mornings when we did get out seem even more magical. Early morning light and laughing with friends beats freezing hands and toes any day!
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Without even realising it a weekly gravel adventure suddenly became a routine that we looked forward to each week.
Taking advantage of the limited freedom we had we took the opportunity to explore new roads and places unknown to us . Just being outside and in those quiet places at that time has created some amazing memories.
Gutter Brews. Just being able to have a quick ride with friends during lockdown was worth celebrating with coffee. It didn't really matter where we had to sit it was so good to catch up!
Hands up if you love cycling! This photo means a lot to me because it was taken a few weeks after we’d moved from London to Auckland earlier this year. We’d ridden out of the city for some headspace and to explore the trails. Thanks to the tranquility of the forest and the route, I think I shook off months of stress and tension in this one outing.
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Hitting the open roads after two months of lockdown. Liberating.
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Trying to get back home before the storm comes from the other side of the mountain. It’s going to be a close call.
Resting a bit during a very hot Summer ride. I could do with some rain.
Visit a over 30 years old cold war area.. it is an awesome nature place. But ther‘re still a lot of bombs Laying around, this is very sad and dangerous.
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I‘m friend of short morning rides bevor i head to work. They gives a good Start in the day.
Winter time is the time of silence. The most people stay inside and didn‘t use the Time they have, to enjoy the nature around us.
My first thought upon seeing this tangled mess on the streets of New York City on a cold February day was despair. But then I thought, I'm handy with a wrench. Some lube, maybe a new set of brake pads, and a bit of time and attention, and I can get this machine back up on its wheels and rolling along. A person can hope ...
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Yes, I read the rules. “Road cycling.” (But also, “rough guideline!”) I sometimes ride this beautiful beast on the road (to get to the dirt or snow). And I'll borrow its ShockStop stem for the Leadville Stage Race on my drop bar gravel bike this summer. I simply love this image too much not to enter it. Everything about it says "hope." The greens and blues of summer. The crystal water framed by the front wheel. The wisp of a cloud. The upward gaze of the bike toward the sky embracing that cloud.
The used singlespeed I picked up at the MIT police auction a few years back doesn’t sport drop bars, but with those skinny tires, it’s all road, not All Road. It’s poised it at the pole that marks the finish line of Cambridge’s iconic Head of the Charles crew race (the water counterpart to the Boston Marathon). The pole represents the hopes of countless elite and amateur rowers from all over the world aiming for glory at the race’s conclusion.
I often pass geese on the road. One day I decided to take a photo of myself with the geese. I set my camera on a timer and as I passed they got a little to close. Fortunately everyone was ok, and I got an interesting photo.
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I often ride just to catch the sun rise. I always find it inspiring. I hope this self portrait can inspire others.
This photo was taken on Christmas Eve, just above Wye River on the Great Ocean Road. My friend Steve had just had a messy tubeless flat and so we stopped for a repair. When I looked up from that, I just saw this beautiful winding road, trees and ferns that make the Otway’s such a special place to ride. We didn’t see a car for over 60km of riding.
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Taken on top of the last climb of Liege-Bastogne-Liege, Gracie Brown is chasing Lizzie Deignan
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Taken op top of the last climb of Liege-Bastogne-Liege, the determination of Gracie Brown to catch Lizzie Deignan is high
In many countries (like Germany) international pro races were greatly missed this year. And like a symbol for the whole situation, also the iconic Didi the Devil was masked. But this did not affect his good mood nor his power to spread joy and motivation. He also supported a special fan ride along the route of the Deutschland Tour which will return in 2021.
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In January 2020 we've had the great opportunity to attend the 6 Days Series in Berlin as photographers and were able to capture this speedy moment with Christian Dagnoni and Marc Hester during the derny race. We're looking forward to the return of these amazing track events with their special atmosphere.
No cycling races in sight. Time to broaden the perspective and look up to the sky where Neowise comet travels to a new dawn.
Seeking peace and quiet from the crowds of ROBE SA by riding the white gravel behind the sand dunes.
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Long Beach, Robe SA
Shot by @drellystdc bike cam on our Covid-safe Tour. 2 extraordinary women rolled into their home town. Bec's Mum had just started treatment for breast cancer and this was the moment they saw each other. Sally lost her son to cancer. You can just make out the 'Go little legs!' tattoo on her calves, which was something 3 year old Conor used to say when riding his bike, wanting to go faster. Selflessly courageous, giving back to the community despite personal grief. Hope, resilience and love.
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Preparation is key in cycling. Ahead of the 2017 Race Across the West event, several friends and I pre-rode the first 100 miles of the more than 900-mile route. With the light dwindling, we hit the glass elevator as we dropped into Borrego Springs. We'd go on to win our age group later that summer.
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These photos represent the best and worst day that I've had on a bicycle. I've long been drawn to Sa Calobra's twisty, turny path from the water to the mountains. Piggybacking off a work trip, I flew to Mallorca to be greeted by a rare winter storm, and I'd slogged through snow and an icy descent to get here -- the place I long dreamed to be. With the light dimming, I'd suffer back-to-back flats, hitch a ride from a complete stranger, and walk two miles to get home. It was all worth it.
2020 threw a lot of shade. But there can only shadows with light. And this is the year light fought back the darkness with stories of communities rising up for one another. This moment was captured alone while training for a solo-Everesting fundraiser that generated over $4,500 for student homelessness affected by COVID-19. @de.Luna.Shoots
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2020 was a year humanity fought back darkness with stories of communities rising up for one another in creative, socially distanced, solo (but never alone), ways. This moment of solitude was self-captured while training for an Everesting (solo) fundraiser that brought a community together to raise over $4,500 for student homelessness affected by COVID-19. @de.Luna.Shoots
A brief analysis on Painting vs. Art: You paint a house; while art is the work performed when there’s no answer. I took this picture when I had no answers and just wanted to capture the solo struggle up life’s climb. @de.Luna.Shoots
We were lucky in Western Australia to have a few cycling events happening this year. This image was taken at the finish line of Stage 3 of the Tour of Margaret River.
To me this image is a beautiful reminder of how powerful and resilient humans can be.
You've made it!
Finish line of Team Time Trial of challenging Stage 3 of the Tour of Margaret River, in Western Australia.
It was great to see some of Western Australia's events going ahead in the past couple of months, like the Cyclocross at the Beverley Heroic, in the Wheatbelt. Hoping for some more in 2021!
My new favorite color is H O P E!
I met a dear friend of mine who came from Berlin to visit me. We went cycling and had a great time together. A few houses before coming back to the rented house we passed this green gate. His favorite number is 13, my new favorite color is green. I had to take this picture here (or let him take it) because it represents our relationship. And green stands for hope. Hopefully this relationship will carry on.
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Two and a half years ago my father died. Suddenly. Cancer. As a doctor I knew what to do and how to help but as a daughter losing her father I felt lost and didn't know anything anymore. Every year on All Saints Day my family gets together at the cemetery. This year because of corona we had to skip this tradition. Instead I went on a solitude ride - but I wasn't alone at all. There may be social distance but there was no distance between us. Tschuess, Papa!
In the spring of 2020, my wife and I wondered if the Tour de Bloom in Wenatchee would take place. At the last possible moment, the organizers announced they would indefinitely postpone the grassroots stage race. The only events raced this year are the photos from 2019. This photo is my favourite photo of the Women's Elite Twilight Crit in 2019. My wife battles a few demons in this race as she dons the leader's jersey at the start of the race.
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With a fully cancelled race calendar, we reached for the wilderness to find adventure and meditation. Halfway between Squamish and Indian River, British Columbia, in the middle of nowhere on a forest service road, the gentle mist, gravel roads and towering evergreen trees framed the adventure perfectly.
2020 was all about perspective. On a zoom call with my grandmother, who is in a long-term care facility in Quebec, I vented about the state of COVID19 restrictions. She said to me: "I didn't see my brother or father for four years during the war. I think you can suck it up and I'll see you next year." Sometimes a different perspective is all we need.
This photo captures the relief and simple joy of a rest stop. It was the first bikepacking weekend out of the long Melbourne lockdown for myself and a group of girlfriends, and Kaitlin (captured here), was pregnant at the time! I think this photo epitomises hope in several ways - hope that adventure can return after the devastation of COVID, hope for friendships that support you through the tough times (and rides), and hope for what's coming next. Captured at the Glenlyon General Store.
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In the brief window of freedom between the Melbourne lockdowns, we made it out to ride the stunning Acheron Way in Victoria. At this stage, we were hopeful that things were returning to normal, and I remember experiencing such a sense of joy and peace during this ride. Unfortunately it was not to be, as Melbourne headed into a further 4 months of lockdowns, but I remembered this ride often when stuck inside.
This is a photo of my partner, Tom, leading a CX Down Under group ride on Zwift during the lockdown. When COVID forced us into our own homes, tools like Zwift and Zoom kept us connected with our communities. I love how this photo sums up the indoor cycling experience in winter - although it's crowded, dark, with the keyboard precariously placed on his handlebars, Tom is happily cycling and chatting with friends we haven't seen for months!
Every week here in St. Louis, Missouri cyclists race at an event called Tuesday Night Worlds. It's a chance for all racers to get together to race, exercise, and most of all have fun when no other races are available.
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Sometimes the environment makes for some amazing images. The light, rain, and racing combine to make spectacular images.
April 20, 2020. My girlfriend and I were out on a typical Northern Ontario (Canada) chilly spring ride with some sun and cloud, a little wind but not terrible, and probably about 2-5°C (not pictured). We had set out to do the weekly local COVID-19 Virtual TT that our local cycling club had "unofficially" set up. Literally the second we had finished the effort, and even more typical of Northern Ontario, we were met with a snow storm. Out of nowhere. Fun ride home that day...
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This is my local route. I will never get tired of this path, and am grateful to live in such a beautiful place.
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Bikepacking in 2020. I love the advice on the rock for so many reasons - especially in 2020. Keep er pinned!
Let's leave the room and gloom of 2020 behind and ride towards the light
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It was a misty morning when we started climbing out of one of Sydney's most beautiful gorges, Bobbin Head. I captured this while on the climb, my mates chasing me down!
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This was one of those mornings on which we took a chance that the rain would hold out long enough for our ride. It didn't... I got to the top of one of the steepest roads in North Sydney and was waiting for my mate when the lightening started. I captured about 20 images here and only this one caught the lightening storm out at sea. It was worth getting wet for!
I took this one on my daughter's birthday - a morning on which I woke really early and rode 35km south to see the sun rise over one of my favourite local coastal towns, Cronulla. I was back in time to wake my daughter with a cake, candle, singing - all in sweaty lycra!
One of the most beautiful features that I have noticed since moving to Sydney a little over 4 years ago is how beautiful its skies are. There is never a ride that I do not look up and remind myself how grateful I am to be healthy enough to enjoy riding a bike in such a gorgeous part of our planet.
Life is not always a race or a rush. Its sometimes so good to be reminded to slow down and savour the moment... This road is on a standard route of mine and serves as my visual reminder of this.
Winters alone or almost alone. Satisfying in all the misery
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Social distance in the forest
Long adventure rides with friends captured. Highlight in a lonely year
Ridong Open roads in safe distance. The year of the introvert.
Not a good year for fitness, but a good year for beer
Blue, red, black, yellow and green. Since 1927 these colors form appearance of the rainbow jersey, for many the most desired gem in the cycling sport. Only achieving the world title gives one the right to wear the jersey, that appeals to everyone’s imagination, for a year. The life of the top athlete will never be the same again. From the moment the winner crosses the line. Nobody will leave the champion alone.
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No roaring engines that day at the circuit of Zolder. Only human power during the cyclocross race on the former Formula One track. Taking a step back made it possible to get the motorsport atmosphere, when Mathieu van der Poel passes by.
Without supporters cyclocross wouldn’t be much fun. Without them, there wouldn’t be any hotdog-stand or party tent. Without them, screeching of the brakes wouldn’t be overpowered by the loud encouragements. Without them there wouldn’t be cyclocross. These were the thoughts I had at the end of February.. now we know that it is not the case, cyclocross always continues.
My sons have ben cycling since they could walk, and they ride for fun as well as competitively. We were out on our local valley loop on evening as the Autumn sun was getting low so I got the iphone out and started snapping, they were doing their impression of the winning team on the Champs Elysees in Paris. I didn't think the shot would work into the sun, but I got away with it.
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My friend and teammate died in a cycling accident right in front of myself and other teammates. After this I considered not riding / racing anymore but decided Kevin wouldn’t want that so I formed Project_411 so myself and his friends could honor him by wearing his colors. The 4-11 is the month and day he left us and the kit also has a logo for him over our hearts.
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Overcoming inertia requires the greatest force. Especially during a time of social distance riding and/or indoor quarantine training sessions. It's not about the watts you produce during the workout. It's the power to start.
This year was unprecedented and tried to break us. But our spirit persevered through creative use of social media, networking, and even some rule-bending. We didn't think outside the box. We zoomed above it to stay connected, achieve wellness and build strength as a community.
This was a year that Everesting blossomed. Of course, many of these Everestings would not have been possible without a support crew. In a year when people showed up for each other to fight the pandemic, Sherpas also showed up for riders. Support crew or Everester, we all have mountains to climb and humanity is strongest when we are here for each other.
After the storm - with one lap to go in her Basecamp attempt with @hillsangelseveresting, my partner @meghanjane91 got absolutely pelted with rain on the descent, leaving her walking down the hill and seriously considering pulling out altogether. The evening sun poking through the clouds on the final climb served as confirmation that pressing on was the right call.
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There is nothing like a new bike day! After months of deliberation, I finally made the decision to sell my road bike and buy a gravel bike. I have ridden almost every single road in my neighborhood over the past four years and I was craving a new adventure. This photograph features my first trip on my new gravel bike. What a ride!
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After 10 or more phone calls to the police station, local municipality and land owners in the area... I finally received permission to ride up the hardest tarred climb in South Africa: Jonaskop! The climb passes through private farm lands and ends at a telephone tower, high in the sky. The final 200 meters of the climb averages at a jaw dropping 32% and peaks at 40%! This is a ride I will never forget.
Bike-obsessive before he was one year old, Millan finally gets his first bike age 1. His feet don't touch the ground but he doesn't care. Daddy realises he's in for several months of back pain.
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2020 was a hard year, but a year of joy nevertheless because my daughter has born, making myself a happy father of three. It’s also been a year to rediscover simple joys, like riding my bike to the seaside without giving importance to metrics. December 31 was a sunny, forgiving winter day, which I’ll remember as a remainder of how much you can enjoy in life even during difficult times.
One month into the pandemic I needed to get out for a sanity ride. With so much uncertainty, one of the only things I could know for sure was the healing power of my bicycle. It’s a break from “reality” where I can feel the sting in my legs and listen to my breath and my heart beating in my ears. Grateful for each pedal stroke, I can also take time to think about others that don’t have the same luxury.
This was the first time I had ever ridden this road. Uncertain of the terrain ahead, I just kept pushing on the pedals and moving forward. Follow the light and things will be alright.
We all know that cycling can be a metaphor for life. I feel like this road was a metaphor for 2020. Bumpy, rutted, and flawed but also so beautiful. If you looked at this one image from this ride, you’d probably say, “I’ll pass on that ride”. I fought off poor fitness and leg cramps to make this day one of the more memorable days of the year. Hope is something you can start everyday with. What you choose to do with it can produce incredible results.
Moonrise over the Haleakala Crater at 10,023’. From sea to summit is the longest, steepest paved road on Earth (36 miles)
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Endless green and gravel on the north side of Mt. Diablo, CA
There’s no shortage of gravel trails high above the shores of Lake Tahoe.
Like this cyclist on a deserted road near Mt. Diablo, CA, in 2020 the world road directly into a storm we couldn’t possibly escape.
The gravel, redwood-lined roads of Sonoma County in Northern CA always offer hope and beauty in any season (photo taken in the dead of winter, January 2020).
Never a bad view when riding single track gravel near San Francisco, CA.
Autumn is probably my favourite time of the year to ride. The days are shorter but the shadows are long. The light and colors are warm but the morning air is cold. There's much conflict about the season but at the same time, peace and tranquility.
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This day was definately a highlight of 2020 for me. I was lucky to be able to visit Switerland in June, despite many countries being on lock-down, Germany and Switzerland were allowing travel. The 2020 Road World Championships were supposed to have been held in Aigle, Switzerland, but were later moved to Italy due to Covid. The originally planed route started in Aigle went over the Col de la Forclaz and finished at the Emosson dam.
Golden fields in Gruyère Switerland. Yep that's where the cheese by same name comes from. When I look back at this photo, it reminds me of some of the best summer days on the bike I've ever had. That's the weirdest thing about 2020. It was such a crappy year in so many ways, but at the same time it was a wonderful year. A bit like a smelly cheese. Repulsing but delicious.
This was the pinnacle of my first ever bike packing trip in the Black Forrest in Germany. Here in this shot is my brother in law taking in the views from the Feldberg the highest peak in the Black Forrest.
We made so many noobie mistakes on our first bike backing adventure. But on the last day we did everything right. Stored our heavy bike packing gear at the base and rode up to the summit. It felt like we were flying.
This image depicts the essence of my 2020 riding. Solitude. Exploring new roads. Getting lost. Getting cold. Living in the moment. Feeling alive. Oh an playing with the drone 🙂
This one is just another switchback in the Alps shot. On the Col de la Forclaz in Switzerland. This climb was used in the 2016 Tour de France. When the weather is clear, the mighty Mont Blanc can be seen in the distance. The day I rode it the weather was clear.
The Grote Prijs Vermarc was the first Pro race in Belgium following the lockdown in March 2020. The sun came out, the (socially distant) crowds came out, and we could enjoy racing again. Mathijs Passchens from Team Bingoal WB was happy to be back racing too.
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Racing came back to Belgium in the summer of 2020. Even the sun made an appearance! The Ronde Van Vlaams Brabant was a chance for elite racers to showcase themselves - hopeful signs of future promise in the peloton.
In 2020 cycling showed the world that life can carry on through the tough times, even if it meant wearing a mask to sign-on at the Druivenkoers in Overijse, Belgium.
The Belgian Champion Lotte Kopecky skilfully riding the gutter during the Brabantse Pilj in Belgium. In 2020 there has often been a fine line between good and bad times, but hopefully 2021 should be smoother (unlike the cobbles).
Sun lit riders set against a darkening sky at the Brabantse Piljs in Overijse, Belgium. Racing returning to the roads of Flanders helped bring hope and a sense of normality, despite the dark clouds of 2020.
Riders race the final climb of the Brabantse Piljs as the autumn sun starts to set. Changes to the calendar meant spring races taking place in the autumn, bring a change in atmosphere and colours.
I'm a cycling guide and a bike messenger in Brussels, Belgium. This winter I'm busy creating a route for Flanders 2021 World's for the cycling tourists. My associate and friend lives in Overijse which is in the heart of Flanders 2021. This pic was taken on one of those reckon rides we regularly do.
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I'm a bike messenger and cycling guide in Brussels, Belgium. Due to COVID19 a lot of exceptional traffic arrangements have been done in the city. This is one of them. Normally cyclists have no business in the tunnels of Brussels.
The first real chance to ride abroad, this was a glimpse of freedom, riding together with a Polish friend in the Italian Dolomites in between first & second waves.
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While being locked down seemed hard at first, we quickly realized it meant more family time... more riding with the kids close to home. My son loves to ride, just not to climb. So local bike parks and a light full-face opened up many new places to ride together, building bonds and a next generation of riders...
As the sunsets, a new year begins, and with it hope of new tides to come... with my wife, and hopefully soon other riders too. When the winter snow melts, a fresh day will dawn...
Despite the awkwardness of 2020, the lack of racing and the postponement of the Tour de France, Richie Porte delivered one of the best season of his professional career. The highlight of his season was obviously his third place at the Tour but his stage win in Paracombe at the Tour Down Under set the standards of his entire season. This photo shows Richie crossing the line first while David McKenzie makes sure the crowd cheers him on.
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Early morning cold fog with my gravel Covid bubble, hoping the fog would clear for Mountain View’s later
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A hard day of climbing in rough gravel resulted in a fair amount of hike-a-bike
Taken in Dec 2020 near Falls Creek Victoria, 1 yr after the devastating bushfires wiped out 1000’s of hectares of bush land, killing countless native animal species. The road is the notorious ‘back of falls’ climb, 23kms rising 1000 metres, the 1st 8kms have a brutal, unrelenting avg gradient of 8%, with long sections of 10-13%. We rode as training for Peaks Challenge Falls Creek happening in March 2021, you can see clear evidence of the fires, but more importantly, pleasing signs of regrowth.
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As for 1st.
I took this photo on Czech Tour this year. Photo was took on the square in Mohelnice during the pre-start presentation. This photo shows the pandemic situation in world of sport for me.
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My favourite shot from UCI Mercedes-Benz MTB World Cup, Nové Město na Moravě. I took this photo during the short track race, which won Henrique Avancini. On the photo are Milan Vader, Simon Andreassen and Sebastian Finni. One of my best panshots ever.
One of my last shots. I took this after very exciting race of cyclocross in Kolín, where won Marek Konwa from Poland. Our Czech number one finished fourth, Michael Boroš on the photo.
Belinda Bailey is in the foreground, doing a madison sling with Alana Hribar, in the background. They are competing in the u17 Victorian Madison Championships, in Castlemaine, December 2020. The Madison is one of the most exciting cycling races. This image shows Belinda in perfect focus and Alana looks like a mirror image.
Kaden Groves takes a drink during the wet Australian Road Nationals in January, 2020. The pan shot captures the speed at which he is moving.
Dylan Sunderland is in the tuck position during the Road Race at the Australia Road Nationals, in January, 2020. The mix of blues and whites make it one of my favourite pics of the year.
A dream was shattered for many athletes this year when the big goal Olympia could not take place. Track cyclists like Pauline Grabosch live and train with a four-year plan including two years of qualification for this goal, only. Now they all hope for another chance in Tokio 2021.
When there are not many opportunities to race, every contest counts. It was inspiring to see how these young talents kept up the motivation this year, still trained hard and payed attention to every little detail.
(Pic of Marten Schomburg at the U-23 National Time Trial Championships in Genthin, Germany).
Fixed gear, no brakes, the DJ rocks, and the crowd is partying at Rad Race Last Wo/man Standing where riders from all over the world compete in a fast-paced knock-out race. A unique kind of event that hopefully returns in 2021.
(Photo of Manon Lloyd from February 2020).
On the fence for the start of the maddison for the Sydney Christmas carnival 2020.
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A portrait of Tom Cornish after a fall in a scratch race at the Sydney Christmas carnival 2020.
A grade elimination race at the Sydney Christmas carnival 2020.
This was the first time I went to see the Tour of Britain come along my local roads since I got into cycling in 2018. The crowds that had turned out was incredible and seeing the streets of Manchester lined with fans was surreal. This image captures Mark Cavendish and Bernie Eisel accompanying Mark Renshaw across the line in the final stage of his last professional race of his career. It was an emotional moment seeing three heroes of the sport rolling across the line.
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Mathieu Van Der Poel lighting up his sprint on Cess Bol's wheel with his main rival of the race, Matteo Trentin. MVDP would go on to take the overall win of the 2019 Tour of Britain.
With 2020 ruining chances to spectate a sport that I love this image from the UK National Championships, before the UK went into lockdown. This was the first and last professional event I went to this year making it all the more important to appreciate what we can when we can when it comes to sport.
“Will it be ok, daddy?” What turned out to be our last big adventure of the year, my buddy took a few minutes out to talk to his daughter at bedtime. “It’ll be fine, monkey, but we might be a while.”
We’ve had this 24hr egg and ice cream vending machine up the road for a while now; the new normal often includes a stop during a ride for a pick-me-up or to restock. I can get used to this!
Crossing the Humber Bridge (to nowhere?!) not long before it all went down after a ride through the night. Riding up and into the sun felt pretty good, though there was still all of the headwind to come...
My most intense Moment at a Cross Race so far. Joshua Dubau (FRA) fell off the Bike and was not able to continue the Race, due the Conditions in Dendermonde.
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Maghalie Rochette in a unreal Scene, during the WC in Dendermonde. Her Faces is showing how much she suffered during the Race. The Rain - The Mud.
Marion Riberolle cried after the Finish in Namur. She was totally exhausted and hided her Tears in the Hands of her Mother.
I took this at the world championships. I saw the male peloton pass by and thought that the colours would look like the world championship bands they were working and hoping on getting their hands on...
This female cyclist passed me about 4 minutes after the chasing peloton. She was giving it all for the chase of glory in a year where even riding a bike was difficult at times...
Tadej Pogacar off the front with 3 laps to go of the world championships in Imola. His attack got everyone excited as he'd just won the Tour de France a week earlier and was obviously in good form...
We had no idea when we made this shot that this was the last shoot of the year. January, Rwanda. Josh Ibbett dives into the unknown, a 1000 km race with a storm that will create landslides in the capital city. Also, we have no idea that in a few days only, our year will take a drastic turn and in the fog ahead of us, we will need to redefine our priorities, our relation to time, to space, to each and everyone. Had we known, would we have gone through it differently? Outside was free.
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This year I wasn't able to follow cycling races as an accredited. I decided however to take a trip from Italy to Col de la Madeleine on stage 17 of the Tour de France. I really couldn't miss it !
I had the chance to take some pictures but I think this one really sums up a lot of things and mixed feelings about this year.
Emptiness, the wait for the season to begin and the riders to come but also the respect, the passion and the support shown to this sport, even in difficult situations !
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With little going on in the world of racing, many of us took to exploring new roads and modes of cycling. This photograph shows a BMX-er turned Roadie turned Gravelleur, taking his gravel bike out on MTB trails in Utah. Cycling is resilient. No matter what happens, we can always find a new way to get out and elevate our spirits on two wheels.
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This is Peter Stetina with a 20-second lead near the end of Belgian Waffle Ride: Cedar City in October. Peter left the pro tour in Europe to race gravel in America. Then covid hit and it all went to crap. Although Peter worked hard all year to stay fit and bring inspiration his fans, he was a racehorse without a race. This BWR was the first large gravel event to take place since Covid, and we all hoped it was the first sign racing could come back if we just hang on a little longer.
This is the top of a big fire Rd climb and you can see the San Juan Islands. Luna the GSP made the trek up to enjoy the amazing view. Photo was taken in the Pacific NW around Bellingham, WA.
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This was taken of my husband John on the Oregon coast. You can see our pup Luna running in front of him.
This photo was taken at Spencer Glacier in Alaska. It is about a 20 mile ride out to the field. This was taken in a ice cave. It was amazing to be inside the glacier a bit and feel like I was part of it.
Tour Down Under 2020. It was my very first time being presented with the opportunity to be able to shoot a UCI tour. It was Stage 3 when our Media van got stuck in the building crowds at the top of Torrens Hill leading up to Paracombe Rd. The lead break away was about to pass by, so I jumped out the van and ran about 800m down the road. The spot wasn't exactly ideal, but none the less I captured what I could and this was the end result. Sometimes your best shots are the ones less expected.
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Just a few days after the 2020 Women's Tour Down Under had wrapped up, the city streets of Adelaide came alive for the Trek Night Riders twilight criterium. @laganzar was on a mission that day, attacking solo several times throughout the race right from the get go. Nothing beats the look of focus and determination.
Probably the craziest race I've ever witnessed first hand. Mid summer in Ballarat for the 2020 Australian Road Nationals, it's 10 degrees and pouring rain. The U19 women's criterium was in the thick of the action battling extreme wind and heavy rain. @frankysewell pictured, was off the front in a break of two when the race got abruptly red flagged for a good 30min after the barriers had been blown into the middle of the road due to the server winds.
Ride to cheat, don’t cheat to ride!
All amateur cyclist are dreaming for the “cheat” at the end of their rides!
The best way to live cycling as amateur is to take the cycling game not that serious, as a lot of cycling amateurs do, cheating with doping for some salami or pomodoro bottle at their town races!
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“Don’t fall down or you won’t post it”
Everyone is doing risky stuff to post on the gram, this pic is a gopro-selfie on a trail with 400m jump on right side. If you fall down, you can’t post your selfie.
Is it worth it?
Take your time.
We spend a lot of time cycling, let’s breath and take the best from our sport.
Kom is not forever, a good memories is!
Stop and look at the land around you, you are lucky!
On October 25, 2020 the Giro d'Italia in my city, Milano.
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The conditions we had during this photoshoot were absolutely epic, it was early in the summer, but it was freezing cold with strong wind.
The incredible size of the snow walls added something even more epic to the crazy weather
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We had some epic weather for this shot, caught in early summer at the highest Col of Europe (col de l'Iseran)
It was freezing cold at the summit, 0°C with strong wind, while we had 25°C before starting the ascent
I really like the mood caught in the shot which represent pretty well the climate we had
This shot was caught during the fall season, with the beautiful color this season is known for
I really like the contrast between the fall colors and the snow on top of the mountains and how the cyclist looks incredibly small compare to the mountains behind.
Racing solo with reason - two key issues of the 2020 UK racing scene, COVID and representation. A solo rider attacking a local hill climb in a Black Cycling Network jersey
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My friends and I were planning to organise 100km night sportive. Sadly because covid restrictions we postpone to 2021. Despite the canceling we decided to ride it but in small group only (max group of 6 was allowed). One of our best rides in this very difficult, antisocial year.
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Most of 2020 club rides were restricted to solo or just few riders. You can't blame us for showing a bit of excitement every time we were able to ride together 😉
We are a new Cycling Club from Norfolk UK. In our second year I was planning to take a first group picture since we reach 50 members. We were not allowed to do it so I asked all member to take a selfie and combine them together into our 1st official Club Picture.
Hope. It was hard to find over the last year. But riding the quiet streets during the lockdown of a city that never sleeps was not only eerie; it was also beautiful. Clear skies, crisp air, peaceful, friendly. Being forced to stay (close to) home makes us appreciate being outside more than ever. Let’s use these crazy times to our advantage and appreciate what's around us.
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2020 was a challenge on many levels. It also showed there is still a lot to gain when it comes to inclusivity in our sport of cycling. But hope comes from within: projects like @TeamAmani and the upcoming @MigrationGravelRace in Kenya are working hard to opening up this beautiful sport through creating more race opportunities for East African riders.
2020 started off with an exciting trip to the inaugural @atlasmountainrace in Morocco, an unsupported gravel race through the unforgiving but beautiful Atlas Mountains. Little did we know this would not be the start of the race season, but only one of the few races that actually happened this year. Goes to show you got to count your blessings. Let's hope 2021 will see more tasting other cultures again!
Winner of the inaugural @atlasmountainrace Sofiane Sehili (@sofianeshl) deep in the pain cave. It's a good reminder to keep hope even in the dark days. Think many of us can relate after this challenging year.
Christian Meier (@christianmeier) pushing it at the inaugural @atlasmountainrace early 2020, an unsupported gravel race through the unforgiving but beautiful Atlas Mountains in Morocco. Knowing what we know now, the memory gives me an even bigger appreciating of the endless vistas and freedom to roam. Even in our own backyards.
Living up to her name like no other, @Jennytough arrives at a cafe for a quick stop during the gruelling but beautiful, fully self-supported @atlasmountainrace, early in the year. Seeing more women like this coming into endurance riding and performing on such a high level is one of the positive take aways from these challenging times.
As much of a cliche it might be, the easiest roads aren't always leading to the best destinations. Cyclist descending a steep gravel road during the inaugural @atlasmountainrace early in the year.
Strange to realise this pre-covid image is echoing 2020 in many ways. Being stuck indoors, keeping our distance, connecting via our screens. Good thing things aren't always as they seem.
- racer having a short break and some well deserved food during the self-supported @atlasmountainrace in February 2020.
When I think about hope this is one of the images that comes to my mind. That quiet moment when you feel tiny and vulnerable just surrounded by the elements. Before the year came to an end, that pandemic sunset ride with my wife was an emotional one, as I felt 2021 would bring us new sunrises and brighter hope for tomorrow.
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There’s always light (and hope!) at the end of the tunnel. I know it might sound like a cliché but this image inspires me so much. It gives me strength and the energy to get through those dark moments. Btw, I was happy to see my wife’s bright pink jersey getting out of that long and dark tunnel.😊
New bridges vs. old ones. I never thought I’d get that photo of my friend cycling that classic loop around home. I always sthrive to improve my photo skills... but that day it was about finding that new angle. That’s how I spotted that beautiful old bridge just parallel to the modern one.
Old or new they both were constructed to reach new places and in that sense to get further for every future generation.
This picture is from our first multi-day bikepacking trip in the Grisons area of Eastern Switzerland, planned as a training event for an unsupported cycling race scheduled later in the year. While the race never took place, the training trip ended up being one of our highlights of the year. Coming from a road cycling background, we were introduced to a whole new sense of freedom from sleeping under the stars, and cycling from sunrise to sunset with a minimal setup.
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This picture is from my favorite after-work loop close to my house in Lavaux, Switzerland. There is something extremely comforting and reassuring about riding a loop over and over, experiencing the same familiar sights through different moments in our life and times in the year. On this day, the air was cold and there was a persistent drizzle. None of this could dampen however my excitement for being outside, gasping for air and pushing hard on the pedals in the midst of nature.
This photo is from the descent of the Furka pass on a very late season ride in mid-November. In close to freezing temperatures we headed out for one last tour of the three swiss giants: Susten, Furka, Grimsel right before they became completely covered in snow for the winter. With persistent fog and iced-up sidewalks in the parking lot, we were not sure what we would find up there. What we got was endless sunshine, complete silence, and miles and miles of lonely tarmac all to ourselves.
"The last one". Photo taken during a solo trip through Morocco. I was trying to reach Mahamid village, struggling through endless dunes, tired, running out of time and water. Finally, I climbed the last dune with a view for flat final, and hopefully the easiest, stage of the ride.
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"A bit of shade". Photo taken during the bike trip through Morocco, in the middle of flat, endless dessert with almost no chance to hide from the
scorching sun. Suddenly, we stumbled across a lone tree casting tiny shadow, just a little relief for tired riders us giving hope that we could survive this day.
"Hoping for easy ride". Photo taken during the enduro bike trip through Gran Canaria. My colleague, who crashed previously and injured his elbow, is looking at the last downhill section hoping that this one will be more merciful for him.
This photo was taken on August 29, during the Duivenkoers. The cyclists were driving off the Smeysberg in Huldenberg, Belgium which has a percentage of 17 procent. This caused an amazing view.
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This photo was taken on August 15 in Zichem, Belgium. The pack was driving through the dust roads during the 'Belgian Strade Bianche' Dwars door het Hageland. Because of the dust the view is spectacular.
This photo was taken on October 7 in Overijse, Belgium during the Brabantse Pijl. The photo was taken at the right time when they front cyclists of Deceuninck Quick-Step were just between the two motors.
I took this near the end of a 250-mile ride across Minnesota. Two friends and I decided to use this ride as a way to raise money to help small business owners get back on their feet after the unrest in Minneapolis. We raised over $8000 and the route was awesome capped off by finishing as the sun was setting.
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COVID gave us the opportunity to become better partners - my bike and me
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Hope on the horizon
COVID surely made some strange things happen - A Rocky Mountain became part of the Israeli lower Galilee scenery
Kept my daughter motivated during lockdown. Driving her bike, making her feel middle of a race
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Having fun during lockdown with daughter to keep her motivated
This photo gives me instant hope, an image of a child trying their absolute best. That's the future; that's our hope for the future.
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Moments before Caleb's race - the first race of the season in Adelaide at the TDU 2020 - he contemplates what is ahead...
Caleb places his hope for a successful TDU 2020 in a cracking start to the Tour... he does it, takes out the People's Choice as only Caleb can in his unique aero position across the line.
Although 2020 was the year with less conflagrations in the past 10 years, the country was still affected by numerous fires, 3.383 to be precise. One of them in the Vouzela district months before this photo was taken.
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The plan was simple: choose the best weather friendly weekend to do a 300km bikepacking gravel trip. Instead we had a zero visibility ride with a lot of cold rain. After all the suffering the best moments surface. And that’s what’s cycling about.
Inspired Italy, an e-bike tour company based in Umbria, hosted a Giro of Tuscany which included guest cyclist and You Tuber, Leonard Lee. Leonard promotes himself as a regular guy on a bike and inspires his tens of thousands of followers to get on a bike also. In this scene, the group took an unplanned diversion off road to appreciate the unspoiled routes and scenery in the Val d'Orcia.
Leonard Lee, British cyclist and You Tuber, was a guest rider on Inspired Italy's e-bike Giro of Tuscany. Leonard encourages his tens of thousands of followers to get on a bike. He sees himself as a regular guy on a bike but does some extraordinary rides. On this day, he realized that even an e-bike does not take the sting or the accomplishment out of the seemingly endless climbs.
For me, this year has been all about local isolation and exploration. This picture was taken in Schladming (Austria), which is one hour away from my home. the 2020 lockdowns made me discover more deeply the beautiful country where I live in. I hope people appreciate more the treasures we all have around the corner. 2020 has undoubtedly helped to do so.
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This is the second picture of my photo series, local explorations. In this case, we were having the feeling of being completely isolated, riding just 45 mins away from our home. I remember this day because we were completely astonished by the early autumn colours popping up all around us. Again, a memory that helps me to focus on the beauty nearby, rather than in the bike trips we couldn't do.
This is the third photo of my series, local explorations. Here, I am riding with my friend Seb towards Attersee (Austria). It was a Friday after-work ride in mid November, and it was very cold (indeed, I made the huge mistake to bring short bibs, so I was literally freezing) but that couldn't stop us to pause for 10mins and contemplate this breathtaking views. Our local explorations in 2020 have been our way to escape reality and I hope others could found the peace we did while doing so.
Tremola Strasse, Switzerland. 9.4 kilometers of cobbles on Switzerland's longest historical monument. Summit is the Gotthard Pass at 2091m.
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Tremola Strasse. Switzerland's longest historical monument with 9.4k of cobbles. Climbs to 2091m at the top of the Gotthard Pass.
Tremola Strasse cobbles. 9.4k of climbing on these? The top is the Gotthard Pass summit in Switzerland. This road (Strasse in German) is featured in many Tour de Suisse races. 24 named(!) switchbacks first constructed in 1828.
While doing our first bike packing trip ever, in August 2020, we encountered a blocked road due to landslide. When we saw the obstacle from far away, we were afraid not being able to continue our journey. By approaching the obstacle we noticed a small path passing the field. Learning: Never loose hope - there will be a solution/way!
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In October we took a few days off taking advantage of the good weather. We drove down to South Tyrol in order to ride our life long dream, Passo Rombo/Timmelsjoch. On our arrival we have been informed that it is closed due to having snowfall. There was nothing to do than waiting and hoping conditions will change and the road open again. This picture is taken from our balcony, looking towards our dream Timmelsjoch. After waiting for 3 days we finally were allowed climb it up!
This is, as stated in the prior picture, Timmelsjoch in South Tyrol. There is light at the end of the tunnel -- there is always hope! Even with the uncertainty of being able to ride it or not, we achieved it and could really live our dream. It was a once in a lifetime experience and we absolutely enjoyed every meter riding.
Sometimes the only hope in 2020 was to get out and ride some of the age-old lanes in England. This beautiful bridleway is tucked under the northern edge of the South Downs in East Sussex, close to Charleston House where Vanessa Bell and Duncan Bell, part of the Bloomsbury group, lived.
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Time spent together as a family riding bikes is precious time. Here are my wife and daughter waiting up ahead at a crossroads wondering which way to go. Such a metaphor for 2020. In which direction lies hope?
Our local velodrome in Herne Hill was an oasis in 2020 when we were able to ride together. There is such a strong feeling of community and commraderie at the velodrome which gives us hope to survive these tough times. On this morning I decided to take some photos rather than ride and at one point turned around into the sun and was blessed with this train of riders coming towards me, stark in the light.
Paul Coluccio of New York, Long Island in his hour record racing in the Queen's Kissena Velodrome on July 19, 2020. His goal was to complete 100 laps in honoring our late USAC official and an US Marine Karl Dittebrandt. Karl had been an USAC official for mostly track events for over 2 decades. Being that we are in the middle of a pandemic, Paul thought that ITT was the only safest form of social distancing event we could do. Paul managed to complete 98 laps in one hour.
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Rory Chea and Parker Chea being coached by their father James in the Queen's Kissena Velodrome on August 1, 2020. Normally, the Chea siblings would be racing in the Valley Preferred Cycling Center in PA or riding and racing with their USAC Master coach Alessandro Matteucci from HH Racing. Since the pandemic forced many race events to close across the country, the Chea siblings spent few times a week training in their local Kissena Velodrome.
Andrew Johnson and Amy Gibbs checking their ITT results at the end of the Beach Channel ITT in Queen's Far Rockaway, October 3, 2020. The Beach Channel ITT series was organized by Alex Koch from Team Verrazano Racing and being sponsored by Daniel Flanzig's NY Bike Lawyers. The ITT series was an unofficial race event designed to motivate our local riders to keep racing alive, and to continue to engage with our local athletes during the pandemic.
Lockdown restriction forcing us to ride in our municipality meant we had to make the most of our local climbs.
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Gravel rides in the mountain range just behind Girona provide stunning views and demanding trails.
With tourism almost being non-existent this summer in Spain, the roads of the Costa Brava were very quiet. Which was a unique experience for the local cyclists.
I guess that one of few positive things about last year was that I had much more time to go through it cycling together with my wife. One morning we got up early with a hope to go out and take some nice shots. A thick mist made it really magical!
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Having much more time to cycle together with my wife, I could show her that sometimes you don’t need to travel far from home to find new roads and a peace of mind. Bavaria provides loads of beautiful roads and landscapes, including windows xp style views.
This summer my wife and I spent some time in Banff while restrictions eased in western Canada. This is photo of my wife descending while in the Rocky Mountains.
She was a little more fatigued than usual this day. We stopped for a burger at the half-way point but it didn't seem to energize her as I had expected. Still, she powered through.
Turns out she was one month pregnant; we're expecting our first. The best of news and the best of views all in one photo.
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We always take part in the cycling competition with the whole family. My brother races, my parents cheer and I take pictures. Here together at the Polish Road Cycling Championships.
Polish fans dressed as Hussars at the Polish Cyclocross Cycling Championships.
After 2 months of lockdown, managed to leave the troubles behind. We found happiness in our first backpacking trip across Ireland.
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Feels great to be outdoors, especially after the quarantine indoors for months. Start of our trip, hiking across Ireland, in the Wild Atlantic Way.
We were lucky to be in 5km lockdown radius for this sea front in Dublin. Up and down, so many times, feels like we know every pump on that road.
Everything is increased in the mountains. Elevation, emotions, the views.
Since the world changed for us all I’ve pretty much had one riding partner as restrictions prevented meeting friends for our usual group rides.
I’m thankful that my riding partner is my girlfriend who shares the same passion for riding bikes in the high mountains.
This photo represents hope, as we ride from the darkness of 2020 into a brighter future where social interaction with friends and family is restored.
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Social distancing is easier in some places than others.
Descending through the cloud into Plan Pichu in the Tarentaise valley after a snowy and cold off-road ride/hike in October to Col du Coin at 2383m on our cyclocross bikes. Tyres gripping the snow and the occasional squeal from a wet disc rotor broke the silence.
The overwhelming sense of peace, calm and solitude as the landscape opened up before our eyes and the feeling of vulnerability when riding in this mountain environment is humbling
This was the last thing the three French gentlemen with walking poles were expecting to find when crossing the Col.
As we ascended the opposite side a mountain walker being dragged through the mist to the summit at 2383m by two Husky dogs 500 metres ahead of us suggested tricky conditions were looming.
We abandoned our planned loop at this point due to the amount of early season snow on Mont Coin which had created a fresh powder field, but this remains the most epic 7.5k ride/hike of 2020.
Four kilometres from the summit of Cormet de Roselend. Tour Day.
One of my favourites from 2020, taken from one of my favourite spots.
I love the feeling of anticipation and excitement as the TV helicopter approaches through the valley, and then the riders come into view.
I hope the mountains become accessible and come alive again for everyone to experience in 2021.
Tour de France
Cormet de Roselend
The Tour is a race for the people. The Tour needs the people.
Restrictions limited the number of spectators on the mountain this year so we felt fortunate riding this far up the Cormet de Roselend to watch the race.
Already at his spot looking down at his family cheering the passing peloton, this image embodies true passion overcoming adversity. More profoundly in a year dominated by having to stay apart.
Taken at the Tour de France, which no-one expected to reach Paris.
"Hope" - 18th Jan 2020
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"Being There" - 25th Jan 2020
"Keeping it Together" - 25th Jan 2020
"The New Normal" - 25th Jan 2020
"Onwards" - 25th Jan 2020
After we abandoned our Project Pedal Further venture early 2020 due to the pandemic, I was discouraged. The past 7 months had been adventurous and now we were stuck in Switzerland, which sometimes seemed too familiar and therefore not too worth discovering. How wrong I was: When we went on a 3-days bikepacking trip in mid-November, I found my adventurous spirit again and drew hope: Not only that I live in a beautiful country, but also that somewhere - whether near or far - surprises await me.
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After we abandoned our Project Pedal Further venture early 2020 due to the pandemic, I was discouraged. The past 7 months had been full of adventures and now we were stuck in Switzerland, which sometimes seemed too familiar and therefore not too worth discovering. How wrong I was: When we went on a bikepacking trip in mid-November, I found my adventurous spirit again and drew hope: Not only that I live in a beautiful country, but also that somewhere - whether near or far - surprises await me.
My last ride in the Swiss Alps in 2020 was probably also my most beautiful one of the season. Susten Pass was already closed for winter break, so we could enjoy the silence and the magic of the high alpine landscape to the fullest.
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As I reached the very end of a beautiful, hidden climb in the Glarus Alps, I was greeted by curious traditional horned cows watching over their alp. They and I, we all anticipated the heavy rainstorm that was about to sweep over our heads.
In a similar way as he showed up to join me for the big climb of my tour, my Instagram friend Adam Kolarski looks like he appears out of nowhere in this window of a tunnel on the way to mighty Col du Sanetsch, Switzerland.
Morning rides in Covid times meant trying to see our local spots from a new perspective, in lieu of traveling to new destinations. This park features a figure 8 bridge, which we ended up at right at dawn, letting us see this old haunt in a new light.
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Thankful for moments of supreme beauty this year, they were savored more than ever. As the season came to a close, and days grew shorter, we took advantage by shifting our morning ride meeting point & time to take in the sunrise. That way we didn't mind when one of us rolled up a few minutes late 😉
With racing and cross season cancelled, weekend rides were more about finding moments of fun, on even the most banal sections of road. I think this was the story of the year, on and off the bike. Instead of focusing on what we were missing, we tried to focus on how lucky we were to have what we did. There was too much heavy stuff going on to take ourselves too seriously on the bike!
This is a picture of my 7 year old daughter Eryn Haf Evans who had been asking to go for a long bike ride with me for some time. One evening we went along our coastal bike path to a local landmark some miles away called the rainbow bridge and the picture epitomizes the enjoyment she had of going on such an adventure, even though she didn't manage to pedal to the top of the short hill on the way!
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Once a year a group of close friends do a weekly tour of an area, typically in the Northeast. Four years ago we did the finger lakes in New York State. This is a demanding ride with a lot of vertical due to the natural gorgeous terrain. This shot was taken during one of the few (it seemed) peaceful rest stops near Keuka Lake.
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This shot was taken last year when we traveled the length of the Ohio to Erie rail trail. I chose this shot to represent the ‘light at the end of the tunnel’ that we have all faced in this extremely difficult year. Although it creates a mood of loneliness it is also about persistence and perseverance when darkness surrounds us.
The first ascent of the year on the famous Scottish climb, The Bealach Na Bà, where I had to walk up the last 3km just to get to the top.
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Dappled light along the trails of Whinlatter in the Lake District, my last before lockdown restrictions in the UK began. The last adventure for a while.
The colours of Spring whilst exploring close to home in the highlands of Scotland, providing some light colourful relief.
Exploring the highlands of Scotland, looking down the barrel of the lense on a closed ski road in the Cairngorms during lockdown.
Summer in Scotland - solstice special - 358km, 4013m climbed
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A day like no other. A day we road across scotland. A day we thought too great a challenge. A day to remember.
The Scottish cyclists’ equivalent of the windows XP default background screen - I’d say it was Bliss
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Just over two months ago on an easy recovery ride around Fife that I came across this spot. Climbed up over the Lomond Hills and just before the descent to Leslie stopped to capture this inviting scene. Always on the lookout for good photos spots but this was a pleasant surprise.
First light over the Furka Pass on my largest elevation gain ride of the year. Fresh legs and lots of enthusiasm, the second time up late that day was at sunset with heavy legs but still lots of joy.
Bone, rattled, rock and shake. The only way to come down the Gotthard pass, feeling every cobblestone. Part of my largest elevation gain ride of the year, as if that wasn’t enough.
Golden light and rims on the final descent of Furka pass on my way home after 4 passo and far to many meters climbed. Pizza, pasta and beer were first orders back at base camp.
Is this where Bond parks his bike en route to the villains’ lair?
This shot is on the dam near the top. It serves as a road across to the Hotel Grimsel Hospiz which is perched imposingly overlooking the valley below and commanding respect and awe from all those who travel by. Maybe it is where you can find a few Bond villains chillaxing after hatching plans to take over the world or maybe it’s just a hotel ... I’ll let you decide.
Sunset beams over the Rhône glacier headed for the top of Furka pass.
The old hotel Belvédère perched at the edge of the Rhône glacier wrapped by the smooth tarmac of furka pass. The hotel may be old but the view never gets tired. Enjoyed doing it three times over two days this summer.
Snapped this shot on my phone with a timer whilst descending passo Stelvio. My third ascent that week it was the best of them all with the other two in either blistering heat or a torrential rainstorm on the descent. The magic and drama of the Stelvio never fails to deliver.
The road less travelled - Affric to Kintail - a rough guide to the west coast of Scotland. My best decision of lockdown was transitioning into the gravel bike world. Took a different route, one that was a lot harder than the road option, and a lot longer. Enjoyed every aspect, including the inevitable hike-a-bike sections. This being my biggest adventure to date, a 200km epic east to west and back again, I’ve now caught the gravel bug.
My favourite local loop including all the best climbs and coffee stops. The foyers loop with a customary rolling green fields and solitary tree shot I’ve been documenting in all four seasons this year.
Even Scotland has some switchbacks if you know where to find them. Part of my work trip I tackled the climb on the remote northern tip of the Isle of Skye, a road which crosses the peninsula from Staffin to Uig. Known as the Quirang, it’s short at 3.8km, only climbs 212m, at an average of 5.8%, but there’s some steep secretions of 15% and a 26% section if you take the inside line on the final corner. Pick your day to ride it as it can be extremely exposed at the top over the moor to Uig!
Get to da chopper!
Over the top of the Cairngorms before the battle with punctures ensured. After seeing this heli earlier in the day it was only later that I wished I had my own evac team on hand to airdrop some spare tubes or puncture kits ... or at least blow the midges away. An unplanned overnight stay after 60km , 15km on a flat to Braemar, what followed was a second day gravel adventure on a custom patched tube with glue from the local pharmacy for the next 130km home.
Adventures home from home on the outer Hebrides for honeymoon. Distilled the Isle of Harris down into a scenic loop. Anti-clockwise round the beautifully rugged coastline - golden sands, turquoise waters, rusted oak mountains, silvery shimmering lochs, heavy dark blue clouds, frosted grey rocks, light thin green grasses and burgundy sea kelp - all mixed together to form a land and seascape of colour.
Over the top of Glencoe, past Glen Etive, out onwards into the vastness of Rannoch Moor, winters bite at my feet.
From a cold and wintry day riding empty roads in the Scottish highlands mid-week to avoid the busier weekend vibes. Passing at the foot of The Buachaille at the head of Glen Etive, taking in a casual 100km ride before the weather turns and winters grip makes this pass an icy battle. Maybe should have taken gloves with me 🤣🥶
Exploring round Ben Wyvis, looking through the loch glass loop. Starting out from Evanton in the Scottish Highlands, this loop takes you through the Wyvis Estate, past Loch Glass and the mysterious pink house on gentle gravel roads.
Culzie Lodge, with it's distinctive pink exterior, contrasts the earthy colours of the water and land. Seemingly at odds with it's environment but also perfectly balanced, an unfinished project with an empty shell, it invokes both a sense of magic and mystery.
The snow covered Garbole road from Farr to Tomatin, gravel bike in action, Scottish Highlands
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Keeping my fingers crossed for a few more snowy ride days just like this one 🤞❄️🏴🏔
Still can’t beat this view and climb, always a new surprises from a different angle
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Up over near the top of the climb, just before the switchbacks all the way back down again, is where looking west you’ll see the Isle of Skye, it’s mountains the Cullins and maybe even a submarine, if you’re lucky, out stalking the west coast waters.
A bit nippy out there for part 3 of my festive 500, magical scenes though
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A short snappy ride around the local loop before an afternoon walk in the sunshine. More snow forecast for tonight so it might have to be a turbo session for my next segment 😬 ... or a huge adventure on two wheels in the snow 🥶🚴🏻♂️😉
Festive 500 done, the hardest one yet in snowy Scotland. One of my highlights from this years challenge was circling Loch Ness on and off road. With scenes like a movie, snow capped mountains, frozen lochs, icy tracks and bitter cutting winds, it was a long hard grind on the bike. One I won’t forget any time soon and have some amazing photos to remind me of the memories for when mine fade. This is what it’s all about, you against the elements and yourself.
Was fortunate enough to be invited by the Zenith Presto team to capture 3 days of racing of the Tour of Margaret River 2020. Stunning scenery to compliment limited racing in 2020.
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This represents 2020 for me. Set in a beautiful Perth sunset, @ezznolan team member of LifelineWA is the bright beacon in a year where we as humans have been tested by mother nature. There is so much great work done by some great people in these challenging times. True beauty of our human spirit.
Rise of the Human Spirit. Once again this represents 2020 for me. Isolation, mother nature, individuals appealing for help, in a year that has tested us all from fire, a pandemic and floods.
For a bunch of reasons, when our local Spring Series started I wasn't racing for the first time in eight years. I did however make it out to shoot photos on this abysmal day. Racing was called off after a few laps because of decaying weather conditions, none of us knew this would be the last road racing before many months of lockdown. Pictured in one of her only races for Red Truck Racing is Zoe Bastille Saccio, riding for Pickle Juice in 2021 while studying for her law degree in Portland.
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This weather looks like our early Spring Classic, Jeremy's Roubaix, but it's the first road race after Covid-19 restrictions were relaxed for sport in Vancouver, British Columbia. The race was held October 25th this year and would be won from this breakaway. Nick Monette of Mighty Riders leads the trio on the gravel section of this race. The 50% tarmac 50% gravel race is named after legendary local coach Jeremy Story who took his life in 2013.
The Glenridge Thursday Throwdown became a great way to compete in a safe way when Covid-19 restrictions were relaxed in late summer. These two riders overlapped on the climb albeit temporarily. The Racing may have been solo Mountain Bike Time Trials, but they were a great solution to bring the community together safely outside for competition.
The women’s peloton flies through the scenic hills of Adelaide during a stage of the Santos Women’s Tour Down Under back in January. We were lucky to get our yearly dose of the World Tour this year before COVID really hit. Sadly we won’t be experiencing the same wonder of the pro peloton this year, so I’ll have to hold out for 2022.
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One of my favourite races that I have had the pleasure of shooting over the last few years was certainly the Trek Night Riders event at the end of the TDU. It’s not often that you get a pro level race run in a city centre, let alone at sunset! The fast racing on a tight, twisty crit circuit matched with a summer sunset and light bouncing off the big windows of the office buildings was an absolute dream to shoot.
After a hard fought solo break by Leigh Ann Ganzar, and some great team work by the rest of her Rally Cycling team to control the chasing peloton, Leigh Ann took the win at the Trek Night Riders. There was plenty of celebrating on the finish line between her and her teammates and staff. This kind of pure emotion is one of my favourite things to capture in cycling.
A smoky night in the Idaho Mountains.
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Summer in Scotland - solstice special - 358km, 4013m climbed ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀ A day like no other. A day we road across scotland. A day we thought too great a challenge. A day to remember.
Day 3 of my first time #festive500. It was the most challenging bike ride I've ever had. I went riding on my own and wanted to try a new route. I got lost and figured I'd ask my bike computer for the route back home. It guided me into the forest where I got lost again and had to cross a river through the water. The wahoo died, my phone died, I found the way back. It got dark, I got cold, I had a flat tire. I wanted to give up but managed to make it back home. Hope was always with me.
6 brave souls left one September day to conquer the entire Colorado trail during a tumultuous year where races were cancelled and parties were postponed. Yet the 6 of us created our own unforgettable, once-in-a-lifetime party on the Colorado trail. This picture is from the "Queen's Stage" - 50 miles with nearly 10,000 ft of climbing, over the trail's highest point and all above 11,000ft.
Beautiful descent from Passo del Bernina during our Transalp in August 2020. Hoping for better days to come, finally being able to travel freely and encounter beautiful landscape like this.
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Fat biking to the top of Fossil Rock to watch the sunrise over the desert.
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My birthday weekend ride with a bunch of mates, exploring roads we haven’t ridden before. 7 hours on the bike, many laughs, many miles and many great memories.
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Beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. Country under lockdown, with restricted exercise hours, hoping for some light at the end of a ‘dark tunnel’
Beginning of summer, early sunrise, chasing mates up and down climbs.
First race after the lockdown.
Here's a portrait of who stands behind the scenes.
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Shadow. Light. White. Black. A reflection and the image breaks down in a pool of water.
Imola 2020. World Championship. I am in Percorso Gallisterna and it's here, on a dark day, that my dream comes true.
Iconic Tuscany - cyclists on an inspired Italy's e-bike Giro of Tuscany pass one of the most photographed sights in Italy in the Val d'Orcia, nestled in the rolling hills between Pienza and San Querico.
The glorious and steep hairpins of the Majorcan countryside. I took a cycling holiday out there with some friends, the camera had to come with me. Despite the pain of trying to carry it around, it far beats a phone to get some majestic photos.
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Watching the tour in 2018, what seems like a lifetime ago after this year. The atmosphere of the French people enjoying the party and then cyclists flying past in a flash but not without some pain in their legs. What a day!
What a ride from this man! G bring the yellow back again. My face when I got back to the computer after a day in the sun to actually get this in focus. The shall depth makes him stand out but also the fact he looks like he isn't trying. Shows how good he was that year!