A Sunny First Day at the 2015 Cyclocross National Championships

Over the past few days, with all the events that came to Austin surrounding the 2015 Cross Nats, it’s easy to guess that I’ve shot a lot of photos. I’ll do my best to work them into various galleries, each with themes. Or something like that…

The first day at Cross Nats was not nearly as warm as previous days. One day, it’s 60º and the next, 30º. Granted, it was still sunny on the course. As both a racer and a documenter of this event, I felt that Wednesday captured a different energy than I’ve experienced so far.

That energy lies in the camaraderie of racing with your peers. Whether your age group, or the cult-like following of zipping around on a singlespeed bike – which is the most hysterical hole shot to ever witness – 130+ racers spinning super fast, going half the speed of a “normal” holeshot. Whatever it is, people were stoked to race en masse and anytime people are having fun, I’m into it.

For me, shooting these past two days have solidified how I want to shoot the Pro men’s and women’s races… See a selection from day one in the Gallery!

  • apmoniac

    I dig the blurred foreground in these shots. Really gives a sense of the chaotic atmosphere. Great shooting, as always!

  • Jamie McKeon

    props to that dude shredding on flat pedals. can’t wait for more photos!

    • http://theradavist.com/ John Watson

      That’s BMX legend / photographer Sandy Carson racing for Fairdale. Pretty rad!

  • pizza dude

    “emo trees” got me good.

    buncha great photos, as always. have fun this weekend!

  • Kyle Kelley

    So RAD!

  • Christi Greene

    These are awesome! Glad you caught home town hero Sandy Carson so nicely! Thanks for taking the time to document this, I can’t wait to see the Elite finals tomorrow!

  • Tony Abate

    This was so much fun Thanks for the great pics.

  • Mark Hespenheide

    Just out of curiosity, 32-23 in favor of discs versus canti/v, from what I could count. Thanks for the pictures!