Houghton Regis Cyclo-Cross

November 18, 2015

I'd never been to Houghton Regis. I didn't really know where it was, to be honest, but it turns out it is only half an hour away.

Having enjoyed the cyclo-cross at Letchworth so much, and, to be fair, having sold more photos than my American football matches, I decided to attend another of the Central Cyclo-Cross League's events. Round 7 was at Houghton Regis.

It being Remembrance Sunday, there was a minute's silence before the first race started. The younger riders raced first and I shot all the races throughout the day.

I managed to get a  variety of shots, learning from what worked at Letchworth, I built on that and also I tried some new shots out. For the first time I took some shots with one of my most under used lenses, the Canon 17-40mm f4 wide angle.

The one thing which put a bit of a downer on the day was the condition of the field. Clearly, the field is used extensively by dog walkers. It appears a rather large amount of owners don;t pick up their dog's mess, it was everywhere.  Being a photographer who shoots a large proportion of photos from the kneeling position, it was like a bloody minefield. I managed to avoid everything for the majority of the day but my luck ran out in the late afternoon. All I can say is that it was lucky I wear knee pads.

After deleting all the out of focus and poorly composed shots, I ended up with 2,437 images from the day.

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