Classic Cyclocross Images

June 30, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

Cyclocross is somewhat an odd sport. It is a bicycle-race but unique in that often courses deliberately and expectedly force riders off their bike. There are a few parallels...for example the winter olympic biathlon...but it would seem improper in an automobile race to have drivers get out and push a stretch or kite-surfers to swim a length or two.

Thus, images that truly exemplify cyclocross, and make a distinction from other forms of bicycle-racing, are those with the racer off their bike. There are, of course, other aspects that differ, such as the differences in bicycle-equipment. These can be a subtle unless the photograph zooms in and focuses on bike technology.

Barriers of any kind, then, become an important section of a race course to capture classic photographs of 'cross racing. A common obstacle is the plank barrier. The more creative course designers, and perhaps those with a wicked bent, find imaginative, challenging, and memorable obstructions. Here are a selection of photographs that capture a large part of the essence of cyclocross. Racers are shouldering their bikes or carrying them suitcase-style. Or, they are remounting after negotiating an obstacle.

 

Karen Brems (Team Rambuski Law) Carries on the Run-Up at Toro Park

 

Cranking Glass: Sagebrush Cyclocross Clayton • 26 October 2013 &emdash;

Kateřina Nash (Luna) Remounts with Grace and Prowess

 

The Second Coming on a Cesspool of Filth

 

Cranking Glass: CCCX Fort Ord • 14 September 2013 &emdash;

Ben Dodge (Rock Lobster) Remounting after the Plank Barriers

 

Cranking Glass: SacCX Lagoon Valley Park • 21 September 2013 &emdash;

Janie Dalton (Missing Link) Battles Weather and Plank Barrier

 

Cranking Glass: NorCal CX Stafford Lake • 3 November 2013 &emdash;

Kristen Drumm and Katie 'Jay' Melena Up and Over the NorCal CX Belgium Farm Wall

 

A Long Sandy Beach at High Tide, BASP Coyote Point

 


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