by M


J-Pow in full flight – Photo: Louie Traub

Last week’s US Cyclo-cross Nationals in Boulder, Colorado have generated no end of coverage, written and otherwise. ‘Cross is a particularly rewarding discipline for photographers, offering no shortage of visual drama, replete with mud and pain. The confines of a ‘cross course lend themselves to documentation and Boulder’s Valmont Bike Park is no exception. What I really appreciate in a photographer however is not the ability to record information, but the talent to tell stories and to reflect something of the atmosphere of an event in their work.

I’ve just happened across the work of one such photographer, Louie Traub, who has posted extensive coverage of the Nationals on his blog, here. It is well worth a look through. Louie describes himself as a “former newspaper photojournalist turned photography dirtbag” and along with his dog, he’s living the dream, pursuing his passion for cycling by doing what he does best – taking pictures. I look forward to seeing what he does next.

On the tech side, much has been made of SRAM’s new 1×11 drivetrain which put in an appearance at Boulder, and which will doubtless come to dominate the US scene next season. By releasing it in February SRAM is cleverly forestalling the fallout from the recall in March, so we can expect the Mk. II to be race-ready for September.

Otherwise, we got some excellent gif fodder. Assuming you don’t value your eardrums in the slightest, you’ll want to turn the volume up for this:

That sound at the end is American for “Well done, that man”.