As the road cycling season comes to close in September people start to set their eyes on cyclo-cross. The race calendar definitely runs throughout the harshest part of the year; from late September into the cold of the new year. The Yorkshire Points series is a 10 round league held at different venues, but race day is always Sunday.
Our Rich (Master of circles) decided to give the season a go whilst doing a long term test for Grit CX on a rather ridiculous bike that you can see here.
‘Cross is a very accessible and inclusive form of bike racing. Fred and his team at Yorkshire Cyclo Cross run a very friendly series, but that’s not to say the racing is easy, it’s far from it. There’ve been a few talented riders over the years that have emerged through the series; Tom Pidcock comes to mind. But even at this sharp end you still get a great mix of abilities and ages.
Whilst the majority of the action is on the inside of the tape there’s a committed few who travel around the series with cameras shooting the action from the other side.
Super Sunday is a cyclo-cross exhibition that focuses on the Yorkshire series. Seven photographers will be showcasing their work, here’s a little introduction from each of them.
I am in my first year of photography, having naturally gravitated towards showcasing the beauty of cyclocross – this year has seen the 10th anniversary of my first race.
I enjoy keeping things simple, equipment wise. Most of my shooting is with a fixed focal length lens, meaning that in order to frame the shots that I want I have to walk around and get up close to the action where necessary
Stephen Smith, Photographer living in Huddersfield, hailing from over the border. I love to photograph Cycling and Running events across all disciplines, tri’s and Duathlons. My favourite event has to be the 3 Peaks CX, whether supporting my wife or marshalling and taking some shots.
When not behind the camera I spend my time with the family, usually at bike/run/multi sport events supporting my wife and kids.
Hi, I’m Joe Cotterill, a freelance photographer specialising in cycling. Taking photos and cycling have always been hobbies of mine, so why not combine the two? For me it’s about capturing the moments in cycling that happen for a split second and making them last forever. If you don’t find me with a camera, you’ll find me with a coffee!
I’ve been working within the pro peloton for over 5 years… on Track, Road and CX. I love what I do and the people I meet.The pictures I take are all about the stories, the trials and tribulations and the passion behind riding a bike, hopefully people feel that. I also occasionally ride my bike and very occasionally race in the mud… CX is my passion!
My name is Mo Leeming-Sykes and I’m 14 years old. I first got into cycling when I went to watch my brother race and now I do both cx and road. I currently race for Otley CC but I’m moving to RFDA team for the upcoming road season.
I started taking photos during last years summer CX season which continued into the winter and now find myself rushing to get changed after my race in order to get photos of the other races. I am very lucky that I can combine two of my favourite things and really enjoy doing both.
A Cyclo-Cross Exhibition
Sunday 3rd February
12 – 6pm
Magic Rock Tap
We’ll also be showing the live racing from the CX World Championships held in Bogense, Denmark throughout the weekend.