In the rain with the Juniors at the UCI Road World Championships 2019

It was wet at the World Championships, and sometimes very wet, pretty much what you would expect in late September. This caused some of the routes in the Yorkshire Dales to be adjusted and made the racing conditions much harder. We watched the juniors on the Harrogate circuit because all of the races ended there. It’s 14 kms long, twisty and hilly with plenty of exciting places to watch the cyclists go past you.

The Harrogate Circuit for UCI 2019

The Harrogate Circuit for UCI 2019

Profile of the Harrogate Circuit for UCI 2019

Profile of the Harrogate Circuit for UCI 2019

With the junior races it was easy to find a spot with a good clear view – at the weekend it was much harder as there were large crowds for the elite races.

Bystanders at the Road World Championships

Bystanders on Valley Drive

The junior ladies raced through rain showers. I found a good spot at the bottom corner of Parliament Street, about half a kilometre from the finish line, where they swung round the corner before heading up the hill to complete each circuit.

Just outside the Pump Room is also great place to watch. You get to see the racers cornering at speed either on Valley Drive or Crescent Road. That’s where I was for the junior men.

Off to a flyer at the UCI Road World Championships 2019: Individual Time Trial Elite Men

So there I was just behind the barrier with a great view of the cyclists who were about to come – one by one – hurtling down the main street in Northallerton at the UCI’s 2019 Road World Championships Time Trial. Yes you have it, a nature photographer (a landscape photographer) about to attempt to get some shots of cyclists belting past at 40-50 km/hr!

I’d decided I would love to pan along with them as they went past to get some background blur. I discovered that a quick burst of the shutter (at 11 frames a second) to get one or two shots worked well – rather as it does for pictures of sugarbirds – but when they were cornering towards you that was really tricky as they went out of focus.

Anyway I was really pleased with the results my Olympus gave me. I was helped by the fact that the cyclists came along at regular intervals, not like the road races we went to in the rest of the week. Here are eleven of the participants in no particular order. The Australian rider Rohan Dennis went on to win it.