Sunday, September 26, 2010

Sucker Brook Cross 2010

"I will be racing 14 year olds?"
"yes, you will be racing 10 to 14 year olds"
"But, I am going to loose! why can't I race other 7 year olds"

"You can, but then you have to do the little kid race around the field"
He thought for a little while.... "No, I'll race the big kids, I want to ride the big boy loop"

He raced, he was hurting, but he had a blast!
"do you want to race next weekend, same deal?"
he finished with a smile and a wheelie

Kids race images,
Category 4 Women
Cat 3 Men

we stuck around for a little while longer, long enough to snap the cat 3 racers

I shot some of the cat3/4 women too, as they were racing at the same time as the cub juniors!

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Making the Video

When we were shooting with the Helmet cam, I told the follow kid to stay as close as he could to Joni's back wheel, well he did!! on this shot as Joni was landing a 360 my camera man was about to land on his BACK! luckily this kids know how bail/fall.

Learning to know exactly when to BAIL, kick the bike away, and fall gracefully is a most important skill in BMX

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Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Helmet Cam at the Jumps

Headed over to the Natick Jumps to meet up with Joni. I brought my Camera and the helmet Cam.
I hadn't seen Joni all summer, the kid can still sky.
Racing BMX has improved Bungy's Jumping too.

I am not happy at all with the Helmet mount. I think I need to get a chest mount. the Helmet perspective doesn't show enough of the bike cockpit or the ground. it still feels a bit detached.

Next up, Chest Cam! in the mean time enjoy the show!!

Helmet Cam at the natick Jumps from Pain Face on Vimeo.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Verge #1: Green Mountain Cyclocross Weekend, Day 1

Results were already posted before I arrived home from a beautiful weekend of racing.  Perfect weather on Saturday.  Am I the only one who got a New England sunburn in September?  Sorry, no coverage of Day 2.  I raced and then drove home.

Here the photos of:  Juniors 10-14, Women 3/4, and Women 35+Masters Men 35+; and The Juniors and Cat 3 Train.

Some of my favorites, follow…

A HUP rider racing in the cat 3’s rides amongst the beautiful backdrop:20100918-IMG_6031

Team Svelte Cycles, looking rather Svelte:20100918-IMG_5917

They are coming for you:20100918-IMG_5951

Gary David flies like Superman during the Masters 35+:20100918-IMG_5902

Two National Champs, Kevin Hines and Jonny Bold, fly the stars and stripes:20100918-IMG_5837

Ladies First Racing gets it done:20100918-IMG_5824

Bike prep for the Elite race:20100918-IMG_5878
Geek Hut House Team rider gets up the stairs during the cat 3 race:20100918-IMG_6019

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Panning shot

We had an active weekend of Racing. We raced under the light down in Cape Cod.
and then we raced at Billerica on Sunday morning. After failing to make the Main event on Sunday, I pulled out the camera and decided to try and get a good panning shot! This image is one of many, many attempts.

For more shots, please click here, to our facebook page

Monday, September 13, 2010

The Un-Race Report of Quadcross 2010

It’s September, kids are back in school, the shelves (and my refrigerator) are stocked with Octoberfest, and The Patriot’s played their season opener.  But the biggest hint that fall has started is that we raced at Quadcross over over at Middlexex Community College.  Though I did Palmer cross a couple weeks ago, Quad feels like the real season opener.  It’s like returning to the first day of school after a long, very long, summer.  And quickly, you discover who’s found their legs, and who’s lost theirs.  Quickly, you’re reminded of the pain even though you’ve been doing microburts and running hills like a spandexed-lunatic at your local park.

Best heckle line I heard during the Cat 3 race: “Hey ______, you’re not getting a ride home unless you start moving up...”  Something like that.

Anyway, here’s the links to some photos on Facebook.  Let me know if you can’t TAG em.

The Cat 4 Photos on Facebook

The Master’s A Race Photos on Facebook

The Cat 3 Race Photos on Facebook

Here’s my favorites from the day:

Doug Kennedy, on his way to 2nd place in the Cat 3 race.  Not many of these races left for him:IMG_5665-Edit

A HUP rider is deep into his happy place:IMG_5668

What a fine looking starting group for the Cat 3’s:IMG_5618

Chip works on his suntan while the beach during the Master’s A race:IMG_5569

Chandler Delinks is putting all those watts to good use sitting on Anthony Clark’s (eventual winner) wheel…before everything goes so wrong:IMG_5662-Edit

Jonny Bold, the eventual 2nd place finisher of the Master’s A race:IMG_5562

The Mad Alchemist himself, Pete Smith, riding in the Master’s A race:IMG_5587

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Sunday, September 5, 2010

I still can't believe it, I got DQ'd.

This is where I thought I was going to be racing, the Cruiser main Event!

But I got DQ for going off-course, it was the most exciting racing in my short BMX career.
The last chance to qualify, I needed to finish 4th or better, we only had 5 in the moto!
The heat started and all 4 guys easily got away from me. I kept digging deep, just in case there was a crash. As we were coming off of the last turn, there they were, 3 of them just cruising in. I dug supper deep caught them and pass them in the last 10 ft. It was awesome, I was in cloud 9.
After a bunch of high 5s, and some congratulations from the same guys I just passed, The officials informed me that I had been DQ'd for going off the course!!! it sucked... I got over it, I mean deep inside I knew I hadn't violated the spirit of the game, but I did brake a rule! oh well, I am trying to teach my boy fair play so I was ok with it. My boy on the other hand was very sad for me.

The funny thing is, I think I would do it all over again, it was so much fun and exciting.
Bungy went on to his main event, he got second, he tried hard but was beaten.
he too, got over it, eventually. A couple of hours later we were at a BBQ, he had forgotten all about it, playing and horsing around with other kids.
ME, on the other hand, I was still talking to anyone that would listen about my race and my DQ...
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Thursday, September 2, 2010

My Nemesis

Meet "The Barbarian", this kid is fast and has more BMX skill than I ever will. Every Thursday we race each other at practice, we always "handicap" our races to give me a chance... he still wins.
He is a good kid too, which makes it really hard to dislike him for my weekly beatings.
Click here to see a bunch of other Images from tonight's practice