Photos and video of track cycling, road racing and cyclocross

Manhattan Beach Grand Prix

I haven’t shot much road racing, so I was excited to go to the Manhattan Beach Grand Prix on Sunday–the 50th anniversary of the race. I first went to the MBGP in 1972 or so. My bike club — American Youth Hostels in San Diego — took our club bus up. The race announcer Sunday was Ralph Elliott, whose mom ran AYH. I’m pretty sure Ralph raced that day in the 1970s, and it was great to see him again. A lot of my track friends raced Sunday too, including Virgil Ford and John Walsh, whose photos start this gallery.

Shooting road is different from track — sometimes it was hard to predict which side of the road the riders would come up (I seemed to always guess wrong in the women’s race). And the lighting changes. But it was nice shooting in sunlight for a change.

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2 responses

  1. Jim Dittemore

    Ralph did race that year as well as my first MBGP in 1971. Ted Ernst (my coach) was the founder and long time announcer of the race. There was another Ralph that was prominent back then. My friend and training partner, Ralph Therrio. Ralph won the Junior race in 1971 and was an Olympic Team member in ’72 and ’76.

    February 24, 2013 at 5:53 pm

    • Thanks, Jim. I remember Ralph Therrio from back in the day.

      February 24, 2013 at 6:08 pm

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