I shot my first multi-day track event last week, at the Darebin International Sports Centre (DISC), covering the Australian Masters Track Championships for Cycling Victoria and Cycling Australia. The event was run over four days, from Wednesday, March 30, to Saturday, April 2nd.
I wasn’t sure what to expect, as the title of “Masters” conveys an image of older riders, and possibly, less professional or action that might not be as fast as at the pro races; I was pleasantly surprised and actually blown away by the standard of racing and some of the speeds and race-craft on the boards over the 4 days! I even got to see a world record broken, by Queenslander, Lorelea Moss, in the Women’s Masters 2 (WMAS2) sprint race, with a time of 11.881 seconds, and a speed of 60.6km/h.
The racing was pretty well non-stop, which posed its own challenges as a photographer, not so much from a technical perspective, but from the logistics of deciding when to have a break during the day’s racing to be able to process some images to send across to both Cycling Australia and Cycling Victoria. It came down to a mad rush whenever there was a 15 or 20 minute break to dump the contents of one or both memory cards onto the laptop, frantically scrolling through the images in Lightroom and doing the quickest processing I’ve done to select 20 or 30 images to transfer across for CA and CV to use on their websites and social media!
Four days of shooting on two camera bodies results in a lot of images! It’s taken a lot longer than I wanted to be able to process all of them properly, but finally, they’re here! There is a full set of albums of the week’s racing on my gallery and shop for purchase.
For a wrap-up of the race results for each day, head over to Cycling Australia’s website.