2014 Texas Cyclocross State Championships

This year, Texans got a true taste of what cyclocross is. We had a muddy, cold and shitty season. I wish I could have attended more races, but my travel schedule took precedence over my race schedule. Luckily, I was able to race and photograph the 2014 Texas Cyclocross State Championships this past weekend.

While there was no rain and the temperatures were in the 60′s, the winds were howling out of the southeast for most the day, sending the taped course into chaos. Saturday’s race was “skill based”, separating racers by category. 5′s through Cat 1′s and singlespeed.

What I directed my lens at was a good representation of what it’s like to race in Texas. For me, the women’s field was most impressive. They were tough and as an all-out grudge match unfolded, I watched some of the most competitive cycling of the year… Oh and fun stuff. Loads of fun stuff.

See for yourself in the Gallery.

  • Ian Stone

    I guess you guys don’t have to worry about those SRAM hydros failing down in Tejas!

    • http://theradavist.com/ John Watson

      His seals still leak from time to time.

  • http://www.paralleldivides.com/ Quinn S.

    If you don’t mind me asking, what’d you shoot the black & white photos with? Love the levels of texture, contrast, and detail!

    • http://theradavist.com/ John Watson

      It’s all the same camera. 5Dmkiii

      • http://www.paralleldivides.com/ Quinn S.

        That’s what I figured, but I know you shoot film every now and again. Don’t know about you, but anytime I shoot cross I end up editing in B & W — something about how that color profile characterizes a photo.

  • Gio Edery

    Shitty season!?!?! Come over to Chicago’s beautiful weather of -15, we had the best season ever!

    • http://theradavist.com/ John Watson

      that was meant in jest.

      • Gio Edery

        yes I know, I just like to complain.

  • Not the same old same

    Great pictures!

  • Jamie McKeon

    brutally good set. first framing photo was great.

  • kaseyirl

    the amount of air you got hopping that barrier (the second one no less) is pretty damn impressive

  • Leslie

    I love the photos of the women racers. So great!

  • JLN

    Great set. Loved the the sandpit photos.

  • Noah Lynch

    I really enjoyed these fine shots but my favorites were all of Lauren, what a beast!

  • hans

    these are great man. i’m bummed cross season is almost over. my family looked forward it it every weekend we were able to make it out. it’s a fun time for everyone, these photos really capture the radness.

  • mathowie

    Is this the same park east of Austin that I went to in 2010 for a January race?
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/mathowie/sets/72157623223986014/

    The trees look super similar, and there was a volleyball court used as a sandpit, but I don’t see any lake shots or water crossings.

    • http://theradavist.com/ John Watson

      It’s hard to say, but there are a few parks in the area. Manor, Webberville and others.

    • Erick

      If I’m not mistaken the park in your pictures is East Metropolitan in Manor. This race was at Webberville Park. They’re both east of town, about ten minutes apart.

  • Rasmus Riemann

    Warhol looks cool on the Ritchey! I’m really envious of the cross scene you have in the US…

  • Devon Tsuno

    Great photos.

  • Micheal Boedigheimer

    Re-viewing these as I review that weekend and damn, #68 is such an epic shot!!!