The 2013/14 European Cyclocross season in photos

by CyclingTips

Here in Australia the 2014 cyclocross season is just around the corner, but over in Europe the season has drawn to a close and the weather is starting to warm up. We asked UK-based photographer and cyclocross fan Balint Hamvas to share a collection of his favourite images from the season and the stories that made those images stand out to him. We hope you enjoy it as much as we did.

It was a sunny Saturday morning in late September and I was on my way to the first race of the 2013/2014 cyclocross season. I wasn’t sure if I still enjoyed covering cyclocross as I had in previous years and I also wasn’t sure how I would balance work, life and ‘cross in the months ahead.

Little did I know that a profound change was about the come. I left my day job and decided to take a leap of faith, trying to make a living as a freelance photographer. After the first few races I was happy to realise that I enjoy shooting ‘cross just as much as I did in my first season and not having a day job made the ‘commute’ from the UK to Belgium as easy as pie.

It was a great season, probably the most balanced that I’ve seen so far. While it was still Sven Nys who won the most races on the men’s calendar, younger riders like Lars van der Haar and Tom Meeusen, and some veterans, like Francis Mourey, all managed to win major races. And don’t forget the captivating battle between Nys and Zdenek Stybar for the rainbow jersey in Hoogerheide.

Now, I’ve got a library of 60,000 photographs I need to go through and distill into the best 200 for the 2013/2014 edition of my cyclocross photobook, which, just like last year, will contain some insightful and thought-provoking essays by contributors such as Stefan Wyman, Simon Burney, Dan Seaton or Brook Watts.

You can pre-order a copy of the book here if you like. In the meantime, I hope you enjoy the images I’ve selected below!

Here’s the caption for the feature image:

There was and is a lot of debate whether it is good for the sport that the winner of the World Champion is not an active cyclocross rider and we won’t see the rainbow jersey in action until probably December. I’m torn between the two arguments but what I know is that the sport definitely benefitted from the extraordinary battle Zdenek Stybar and Sven Nys put on in Hoogerheide. (Image data: Canon EOS 1Ds MkIII; Canon EF 17-40mm f/4 L; ISO 400; Aperture: f/4; Shutter speed: 1/400)

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