My Best Cyclocross Photos From 2015

Cyclocross races are always a blast to photograph. There is so much action contained in a relatively small area making it easy to cover most of the course. The 2015 season was jam packed with races which gave me ample opportunities to get out there and take some photos.

This year there was an abundance of photographers putting out spectacular images of our local series. I love seeing other people’s photos to help give me inspiration and keep me stoked on racing. It can be a tough balance trying to take photos and still get a proper warm up prior to racing. I often wasn’t able to shoot as many of the categories as I would have liked but I did manage to capture photos from 13 of the 15 races I attended this year. Here are some of my favourites:

Parker Bloom exits ahead of the scrum in the spiral of death. My Little Pony Cross.
The My Little Pony Cross featured a never ending spiral of death. Parker Bloom exits ahead of the scrum.
James Birkenbuel is a huge contributor to the Vancouver cross scene. When he's not giving pointers at the local practices he's tearing it up on the course. My Little Pony Cross
James Birkenbuel is a huge contributor to the Vancouver cross scene. When he’s not giving pointers at the local practices he’s tearing it up on the course. My Little Pony Cross
A run past the barns at the Kona Kup
A run past the barns at the Kona Kup
Another classic fall day for Castle CX. The sun was shining and it was unseasonable hot out.
Another classic fall day for Castle CX. The sun was shining and it was unseasonable hot out.
Real cyclocross weather. At Pumpkin CX it was about as "real" as it gets. Heavy rain, and thick mud made for some true Belgian cyclocross
Real cyclocross weather. At Pumpkin CX it was about as “real” as it gets. Heavy rain, and thick mud made for some true Belgian cyclocross.
A look through the fence at the gravel/sand section of the Kona Kup
A look through the fence at the gravel/sand section of the Kona Kup.
It aint cross without some handups
It aint cross without some handups
A good look at why getting out front early is important in cross. This was a major pinch point at the Atomic Superprestige
A good look at why getting out front early is important in cross. This was a major pinch point at the Atomic Superprestige.
More cowbell! As always it's the spectators that help make cross so fun. The cheering is always appreciated
More cowbell! As always it’s the spectators that help make cross so fun.
It was a treat to see Katerina Nash show up for the Atomic Superprestige, and even more fun watching Sandra Walter and her battling it out on a great course
It was a treat to see Katerina Nash show up for the Atomic Superprestige, and even more fun watching her battling it out with Sandra Walter (front) on a great course
"Words" of encouragement are always appreciated when out on the course
“Words” of encouragement are always appreciated when out on the course.
Sven Sturm navigates the mud at the excellent Queens Park CX course. A beer garden and a course that wound through the woods made for a great race.
Sven Sturm navigates the mud at the excellent Queens Park CX course. A beer garden and a course that wound through the woods made for a great race.
Jeff Radomsky waiting for the start of the Atomic Superprestige. There are always great moments to capture prior to the start of the race
Jeff Radomsky waiting for the start of the Atomic Superprestige. There are always great moments to capture prior to the start of the race
The front row for the Atomic Superprestige was dominated by GSX and Devo
The front row for the Atomic Superprestige was dominated by GSX and Devo
This big sweeping corner at Vanier CX was the best part of the course. You could come in super hot, but had to watch out for the uphill barriers waiting around the corner
This big sweeping corner at Vanier CX was the best part of the course. You could come in super hot, as Matt Hornland demonstrates here, but had to watch out for the uphill barriers waiting around the corner
The barriers at Queens Park CX. Heavy rains and a corner leading into it meant that not many were bunny hopping.
The barriers at Queens Park CX. Heavy rains and a corner leading into it meant that not many were bunny hopping.
The one flat section of Queens CX.
The one flat section of Queens CX.
Cory Itterman sprinting up the stairs at Whistler CX. While a short section, these stairs were tiring as they were the start of the climb up the mountin
Cory Itterman sprinting up the stairs at Whistler CX. While a short section, these stairs were tiring as they were the start of the climb up the mountin
The first part of the season was hot and dry. At Rodeo CX the morning dew turned to dust by the later races
The first part of the season was hot and dry. At Rodeo CX the morning dew turned to dust by the later races
Cyclocross in the heart of Vancouver. One of the reasons Vanier CX is such a popular event. Just look at the scenery
Cyclocross in the heart of Vancouver. One of the reasons Vanier CX is such a popular event. Just look at the scenery
The uphill barriers at Vanier CX had most of fthe bike running
The uphill barriers at Vanier CX had most of fthe bike running
Despite being early in a fairly dry fall, the Whistler CX course managed to feature a bit of mud thanks to some early morning rainfall.
Despite being early in a fairly dry fall, the Whistler CX course managed to feature a bit of mud thanks to some early morning rainfall.
This tree after the barriers at Rodeo CX was a bit of a pinch point. A good incentive to get out front.
This tree after the barriers at Rodeo CX was a bit of a pinch point. A good incentive to get out front.
Bob Welbourn remounts ahead of Sherwood Plant at Rodeo CX.
Bob Welbourn remounts ahead of Sherwood Plant at Rodeo CX.
The addition of the flyover made for some good action at Whistler CX.
The addition of the flyover made for some good action at Whistler CX.
Some of the Crossroads Racing team take on the stairs at Whistler CX
Some of the Crossroads Racing team take on the stairs at Whistler CX
Waiting for the start of the Elite Men's race at Whistler CX.
Waiting for the start of the Elite Men’s race at Whistler CX.
Sven Sturm heads up the stairs at Whistler CX
Sven Sturm heads up the stairs at Whistler CX
Barriers are always a great place for photos. Kim Steed demonstrates the perfect suitcase carry at Foreshore CX
Barriers are always a great place for photos. Kim Steed demonstrates the perfect suitcase carry at Foreshore CX
Janna Gillick taking on the upper campsite portion of Coal Cross.
Janna Gillick taking on the upper campsite portion of Coal Cross.
Mark Karu heads into the long beach front portion of Coal Cross. It was possible to ride most of it, but by the end the sandy corners reduced most to a slow run.
Mark Karu heads into the long beach front portion of Coal Cross. It was possible to ride most of it, but by the end the sandy corners reduced most to a slow run.
The start of the very long and brutal run up at Coal Cross. The sun was out and the light was shining perfectly on this section.
The start of the very long and brutal run up at Coal Cross. The sun was out and the light was shining perfectly on this section.
Another rider falls victim to the boat jump at SSCXWC. I love the reaction from the crowd to this one
Another rider falls victim to the boat jump at SSCXWC. I love the reaction from the crowd to this one
Kyle Skully of Funeral Cycling makes it through the snow at SSCXWC. This was another great spot to watch as the carnage level was high.
Kyle Skully of Funeral Cycling makes it through the snow at SSCXWC. This was another great spot to watch as the carnage level was high.
My wife took this picture of me riping through the Waverly pub in Cumberland as part of the CX crit. The mini cx course ran through town and right through the middle of the bar.
My wife took this picture of me riping through the Waverly pub in Cumberland as part of the CX crit. The mini cx course ran through town and right through the middle of the bar.
I have never seen some many people go over the bars at a cyclocross race as I did at SSCXWC. The boat jump claimed many victims.
I have never seen some many people go over the bars at a cyclocross race as I did at SSCXWC. The boat jump claimed many victims.
A glimpse of the mayhem during the first lap SSCXWC race
A glimpse of the mayhem during the first lap SSCXWC race
The tires at SSCXWC provided some navigational difficulties, especially after numerous handups.
The tires at SSCXWC provided some navigational difficulties, especially after numerous handups.
My Little Pony Cross was a great event. So many battles. Here Nick Berry leads a group out of the grass and onto the pavement
My Little Pony Cross was a great event. So many battles. Here Nick Berry leads a group out of the grass and onto the pavement
The mudfest at the Kona Kup in Nanaimo was so much fun. Nicholas Kupiak throws up a wave through one of the many deep puddles on the course.
The mudfest at the Kona Kup in Nanaimo was so much fun. Nicholas Kupiak throws up a wave through one of the many deep puddles on the course.
Craig Richey had such a dominate season this year and he was always amazing to watch. At the Atomic Superprestige we got to watch him and Geoff Kabush go head to head.
Craig Richey had such a dominate season this year and he was always amazing to watch. At the Atomic Superprestige we got to watch him and Geoff Kabush go head to head.
A particularly muddy section leading into the stairs at the Kona Kup. Hard to get the footing right in the slop.
A particularly muddy section leading into the stairs at the Kona Kup. Hard to get the footing right in the slop.
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