Cyclo-Cross in Letchworth

November 6, 2015

Sunday 1st November saw me heading off the Standalone Farm in Letchworth to shoot another cycling event.

The Hitchin Nomads Cycling Club were hosting Round 6 of the Central Cyclo-Cross League.

The event was held in a field alongside the Stotfold Road. A course had been marked out which took riders some 5 to 7 minutes to go round.

I got there just after the children's races, unfortunately, I didn't have a table of events - I don't know if such a thing existed - so I'm not sure which events I was shooting, but I was photographing from around 11.30 until 3.30pm.

Apart from a short period of fog just after I got there, the weather was fantastic. I ended up having to take off my sweatshirt and spent most of the day in just a T-shirt, not bad for the beginning of November.

The screen on my 1D MkIV is currently out of action, so I can't review my shots as I take them. I spent the whole day wondering whether the shots were correctly exposed. It can be a bit of a trial when you have so much direct sunlight and subjects wearing all sorts of bright and dark colours, but as it happened, when I came to review the shots later that day, they turned out petty well; I took just over 2,000 shots. I ended up deleting around 350 but the vast majority of those were out of focus. Even with one of the best cameras in the world, it's not possible to get every moving target in perfect focus.

You can see over 1,750 shots from the event in 9 galleries here.

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