Editor’s Note: We ran across photographer Whit Bazemore’s work last week following the ‘cross nationals in Bend, Oregon. His work captures the drama and suffering that make cyclocross such a stunning spectacle. We hope you enjoy the work of a new voice.
If cycling is one of the most photogenic sports, cyclocross is its centerfold. The beauty,
texture and emotion attract some of the sport’s best photographers. And, for the same
reasons spectators are attending ‘cross races in record numbers, photographing ‘cross is
relatively easy. No motorcycle needed, just belly up to one of many great vantage points
along the course, and wait for the story to unfold.
A cyclocross race is akin to an hour-long drag race. No “sitting in,” no “saving your
legs,” just flat out for an hour. My background is motor sports, both as a photographer
and competitor, and one of the things I love most about shooting cycling is how visible
the racers’ expressions and body language are. Cyclocross is raw and exposed. The
determination—which some racers successfully mask their suffering with—is apparent,
as is the disappointment.
December 16, 2010