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Went to France last sunday to see the cycling classic Paris - Roubaix with the cobblestones. Always very challenging to shoot roadside with lots of spectators around you,. Limited in the angles one can get, short time between the rider appears and disappears from your angle of view... so had to refer to the wider focal lengths. (N.B. The second pic is from the youngsters race, when it was far less crowded).
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That was quite the race.. Incredible speeds over those Pave

I saw this morning that someone tried to throw a hat into van der Poel's wheels.. He's possibly going to be prosecuted.
 
That was quite the race.. Incredible speeds over those Pave

I saw this morning that someone tried to throw a hat into van der Poel's wheels.. He's possibly going to be prosecuted.
Nothing but respect to all those riders, in the photos you don't hear the sound of everything bouncing up and down, which adds to the 'live' experience in the field.
 
First photo ain't a cyclist, but it does illustrate the bumpy cobblestone roads ;) View attachment 60027View attachment 60028
Awesome photos, Jan! What a great close-up view!

Off topic: Can you comment on the license plates of the two cars in the first photo? One is white, one is yellow. Is that just because they are registered in different countries, presumably depending on where the teams are based? Or some other reason? Just curious.
 
Nothing but respect to all those riders, in the photos you don't hear the sound of everything bouncing up and down, which adds to the 'live' experience in the field.

I watched in on a streaming channel. It's taken me 3 days to see the whole race :ROFLMAO:
Yes you can hear the pain. I also watched the Femmes.. Lottie actually had to get a hex key to tighten her handlebars on the fly, they had bounced loose.
You can also see the pain in their faces. A fantastic display of courage and a will to win.


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Awesome photos, Jan! What a great close-up view!

Off topic: Can you comment on the license plates of the two cars in the first photo? One is white, one is yellow. Is that just because they are registered in different countries, presumably depending on where the teams are based? Or some other reason? Just curious.
You are spot on, it has to do with the country a team uses to registrate its vehicles, which is most of the time the team's home base (at least for the European teams). The first car has a French license plate which are mainly white, whereas the second car has a yellow license plate which is a Dutch license plate.
In Europe most countries have a base license plate in white nowadays, but some countries still use other colors. Some even different color for front and rear license plates :Huh:
 
I watched in on a streaming channel. It's taken me 3 days to see the whole race :ROFLMAO:
Yes you can hear the pain. I also watched the Femmes.. Lottie actually had to get a hex key to tighten her handlebars on the fly, they had bounced loose.
You can also see the pain in their faces. A fantastic display of courage and a will to win.


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It sure is challenge for the materials as well, saw a younster with his handle bars yawed and rolled about 45 degrees (so two rotations from its normal position) and with the 'lower' level there are less cars with spare bikes around...

Originally we intended to go to the ladies race as well, but obligations of others within the group prevented it (pitty the ladies race ain't on the same day :-( ). And luckily for the riders they did not have to ride 3 days over the race :laugh2:
 
Awesome photos, Jan! What a great close-up view!

Off topic: Can you comment on the license plates of the two cars in the first photo? One is white, one is yellow. Is that just because they are registered in different countries, presumably depending on where the teams are based? Or some other reason? Just curious.
White plated car is French, the yellow is Dutch. That's all.
 
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