CX Ormeau Park 2017 / by Dermot McElduff

Fact: Cycling is my favourite subject matter for photography. The rest of this post is just my random thoughts.

Ever since I discovered the awesome photographer Balint Hamvas of http://cyclephotos.co.uk/ I have wanted to try photographing a Cyclocross event. I love the mud and sweat and look of pain on the competitors faces, there is something about a person suffering for their passion that makes a great photograph. On Sunday 19th November 2017, in Ormeau Park Belfast, I finally got my chance to photograph a CX event.

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It didn't disappoint, I loved every single second. Well except for the awkward bit at the end waiting around for the prizing giving to happen, looking odd standing on my own as I didn’t know anyone. I didn’t actually give a shit though.

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Disappointingly I missed the underage and women’s events due to some family commitments, but manage to get there in time for the men’s A and B races, but thankfully they did not disappoint!

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Both seemed to have a pretty full field, though the B race seemed to be have quite a large number of competitors, and was by far the more exciting race to watch, mainly due to lots of tussling for positions, especially in the early stages.

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End conclusion, it was a great event, with what I felt like huge numbers in attendance, though not on par with a mainland Europe event, but still lots of fun.

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10/10 will photograph again, for anyone interested the full gallery of images is available here http://clients.duffproductions.co.uk/gallery/5579250/