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24 Hour Worlds Photos Up

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Sunset on the 24 Hour Course
IMG_0244 Mark Hendershot Nat Ross
Copy of IMG_0295 Copy of IMG_0334

I've posted the bulk of my photos from the 24 Hours of Adrenalin World Solo/Team Championships at Laguna Seca, which was won by Tinker Juarez in a battle with Kelly Magelky. I was inspired to go shoot the race after watching 24 Solo -- cycling is about pain, and these riders are definitely at the extreme of that. They raced for 24 hours through 90+ degree sun, uphill sand sections, pitch-black night, and poison-oak-lined single track. You have to race perfectly because a broken chain can flush all your efforts down the drain.

As a photographer, it's a great event because you get to shoot under every type of lighting: noon, sunset, darkness, and sunrise. You also have plenty of time to explore different parts of the course and find your shot. I had to limit myself to an eight-hour effort -- I'll have to train harder if I want to do a full 24-hour event as a photographer ;).

I was a bit disappointed to not see an Eatough/Gordon rematch -- Eatough was busy closing up his NUE crown (DNF with a broken axle), but Juarez and Magelky delivered great action as they were constantly on each other's wheel.

World 24 Hour Championships Photos

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Tinker Juarez wins World 24 Solo Championships

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Tinker Juarez

46-year-old Tinker Juarez out dueled Kelly Magelky to take the title of World 24 Solo Champion in Laguna Seca, California. Tinker was constantly nipping at the heels of Magelky for the first nine hours of the race that I was present -- the long hours of the night tipped things in favor of the now five-time champion. Both Juarez and Magelky finished with 19 laps completed, an amazing feat in hot weather and sand-ridden tracks.

24 Worlds Results

Laguna Sand-a

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As it turns out, I took close to 800 photos at the World 24 Solo and Team championships. While I figure out how I'm going to slog through that, there were two photos in particular I wanted to share.

There is a short uphill climb on the course that is pretty much all sand and darn near impossible to do on a bike. I watched rider after rider from the non-elite category come through. Some would get halfway up before getting off the bike. Others would jump off immediately and push their bikes, pleading with their eyes for me not to take a photo of this. I was surprised to hear excuses and expressions of shame, as if you need to justify your actions to someone who's sitting on their butt while you're racing a 24-hour race. I would console them with the fact that I had yet to see anyone make it all the way to the top.

These riders might be interested, "how do the pros handle this?" Continue if you would like the answer.

Sea Otter XC

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Georgia Gould wins Sea Otter XC Kabush leads Peraud

It's a bit late to join the rest of the photos, but I uploaded photos from the Sea Otter Pro XC event. Georgia Gould won the women's race by staying off the front for most the race and Geoff Kabush won the men's race in a sprint. I went to the offroad section to catch the men as they came in on their final lap then walked down to the Laguna Seca racecourse finish to catch Georgia Gould as she crossed the finish line. I had it in my mind that I was somehow going to get this great framing of Gould and the American flag as she crossed the finish line, but the results were a little mixed.

Sea Otter Pro XC Photo Gallery

Events this weekend

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My camera has been picking up dust since Sea Otter so I plan on shooting at Cat's Hill as well as the NorCal High School South Bay Invitational -- the latter to practice my MTB shots and poison oak identification.

Short track winner Katie ComptonSpike's Katie Compton delivered a surprise win at the Pro Short Track Women's race. Compton, who usually races cyclo-cross and hasn't raced short track since 2001, took an early lead on the first lap and built on it throughout the race. The Luna riders Katerina Nash and Georgia Gould chased as best they could, but Compton used her cross experience to hold them off on the muddy course.

Pro Short Track Women Photo Gallery

IMG_4598 Wendy Simms Susan Haywood IMG_4580 IMG_4616 Katie Compton

Nino Shurter IMG_4999 Jean Christophe Peraud IMG_4775 IMG_4828 Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski

Ryan Trebon built an early half-minute lead on a group of chasers but wasn't able to hold off a late charge by Jean Christophe Peraud. The track was in better condition than last year's mud pit, but the weather came out in full force. The pictures tell the rest of the story.

Pro Short Track Men Photo Gallery