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Best race faces of 2012

Here are some of my favorite racing photos of the past year.

Tela Crane, left, and Alissa Maglaty sprint to the finish at Elite Track Nationals.

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Zak Kovalcik at Elite Track Nationals.

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Katie Compton, left, and Cari Higgins in the Madison race at Elite Track Nationals.

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Guy East and Austin Carroll in the Madison at Elite Track Nationals.

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Dana Feiss racing the Keirin at Elite Track Nationals.

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Matt Baranoski vs. Andy Lakatosh, one of the great battles at Elite Track Nationals.

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Amgen Tour of California, downtown Los Angeles.

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Girls field at Junior Track States.

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Junior Track States. I’m amazed he kept racing.

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Keith Ketterer breaks the world hour record.

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Damian Alfonso at Paralympic Worlds, representing Cuba. Damian was severely injured retrieving a kite from power lines as a child. He is a very determined competitor.

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The awesome Sarah Storey at Paralympic Worlds. She won gold in everything she entered.

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Craig Maclean and and Anthony Kappes win the gold medal in the tandem sprint at Paralympic Worlds.

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Greta Neimanas wins gold in the scratch race at Paralympic Worlds.

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Tim McGee kills it at the Wolfpack Hustle 2nd Street Tunnel race.
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Elite track nationals, Sunday

Here’s a photo gallery of the Sunday races from elite track nationals. Click on the photo and it will take you to the gallery on SmugMug.

This is one of my favorites of the day — T.J. Mathieson racing the kilo.


Olympians, revisited

Inspired by the Olympics, I re-edited a couple of photos from Elite Track Nationals. One is of sprinter Jimmy Watkins, now in London, and the other is of past U.S. Olympian Giddeon Massie.



LAVRA upgrade races

Andrew King and Mikael Weitze battled it out several times Saturday. Each race was very close. King won this sprint.

Portrait of Christopher Reed at the rail.

Big women’s field for a change.

Adams Avenue in the lead. Some riders came up from San Diego to race.

Ryan Barrett leads the group.


Favorite photos from SCNCA Junior State Track Championships

The kids who raced at the Southern California/Nevada championships last saturday at the Encino Velodrome showed a lot of speed, skill and heart. I picked these photos mainly for the “heart.”

Jules isn’t the biggest rider in his age group, but he is one of the fastest, and you can see how seriously he takes racing by the look on his face.

All I can say is, go girls, go!

Donavon went down hard on the cement track, but got up and kept racing.

Girl power!


LAVRA Friday night races and sprint exhibition

Community racers and elite riders from Team USA and Team Canada competed recently at Velo Sports Center in Carson. The elites put on a sprint exhibition for the spectators. When the results are posted, here’s where they will be.

Gillian Carleton

Jennifer Valente vs. Tela Crane

Jennifer Valente wins heat against Tela Crane.

Nate Koch vs. Sam Milroy

Gavin Hoover

Giddeon Massey beats T.J. Mathieson


Quinn Hatfield vs. Jack Lindquist

Here’s video of an exciting race between Quinn Hatfield, owner of one of the best restaurants in L.A. — Hatfield’s — and Jack Lindquist, an elite rider and host of my GoPro. They are riding a match sprint at the Encino Velodrome.


Favorite photos from LAVRA’s time trials

Here are some of my favorite photos from the racing last Saturday at the Velo Sports Center. The full set is at http://www.patbenson.smugmug.com


LAVRA Winter Classic

Here are some of my favorite photos from the Los Angeles Velodrome Racing Assn.’s Winter Classic.

First shot of the day.

Looks like some bumping is going on here.

This is World Famous Johnny Walsh, involved in the aforesaid bumping..

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Kate Wilson

A rider congratulates Kevin Schiller on his win.

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Favorite photos from Paralympics Track Cycling World Championshps

The Paralympics Track Cycling World Championships was the first time I’d ever shot an international competition. It was exciting to see top athletes from around the world coming to our local velodrome to compete and set world records.

This first photo is of Damian Alfonso of Cuba, who was severely injured when he tried to retrieve a kite caught in power lines. He simply rests his arms on the handlebars.

This is Craig Griffin, coach of the U.S. Paralympic Team, urging on Aaron Jacob Trent.

The Chinese team was young and enthusiastic. The entire team came to the rail together to cheer on their teammate.

Lisa Turnbull pilots Karissa Whitsell for the United States.

A Chinese time trial silver medalist.

Laura Sobchik gave it everything she had in the 3-kilometer time trial. This was her first international competition.

The amazing Sarah Storey of Great Britain, who won gold in all of her individual events.

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Mike Farrell walks to the start. The expression on his face tells it all.

Italian legend Roberto Chiappa pilots Andrea Palantrini.

Pete Billington and Chester Triplett.

Craig Maclean and Anthony Kappes set a world record.

A Spanish rider is comforted after he crashes in the team sprint.

After a few minutes he gets back to the start line and gets a talk from his coach.

Britain vs. Spain. Britain won the competition.

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Greta Neimanas in the final sprint for gold in the scratch race.

Greta wins gold.

The Netherlands vs. Britain

Allison Jones muscles her bike around the track.

Allison Jones and Greta Neimanas medal on the first day.