We’ve had that conversation with family and friends countless times. “What are you up to this weekend?” they ask in the fall. “I’m racing cyclocross.” “Oh, what’s that?” I know, I know – it’s crazy to think that you’d have friends in the fall who don’t know what cyclocross is. Obviously they’re not very good friends – yet. But before you wake them up at dawn to drive them to the race and shove a cowbell into their hand while you pre-ride the course, let them know what’s in store for them.
Balint Hamvas is a Hungarian photographer who’s been shooting the European race circuit for a number of years. Following the 2009-2010 season, he published UCI Cyclocross World Cup: Season 2009-2010, a glossy book of luscious photos from the World Cup schedule that season. Hamvas walks the reader through the season, race by race, with brief recaps, reflections on the weather and the results, and, most importantly, terrific photos of the men’s and women’s races.
It’s got it all – the pain, the glory, the mud, the sand, the snow, the victories, the agonies. Looks of fierce determination. Hollow-eyed fatigue.
I keep my copy on the coffee table in my living room. “What’s this?” visitors ask me. “Oh. Remember that weird-and-awesome racing discipline I was telling you about? That’s what it is,” I respond. They leaf through it, and they start to understand.
Price: 16.99 Euros, about $23 US, available here.
Pro: Gorgeous photos from an incredible season of cyclocross.
Peeves: A few wide photos are split by the chasm of the binding.