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.
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.
Here are some of my favorite photos of pain and determination from last year. Many are from Elite Track Nationals at the Home Depot Center Velodrome, where the intensity was amped up more than any other race of the season. Other photos are from Master’s States in San Diego, LAVRA and juniors races at the HDC Velodrome, and the Encino Velodrome.
One of the most thrilling races at elite track nationals was the battle between reigning champion Giddeon Massie and Michael Blatchford, who came out of retirement this year. Both are Olympians who are likely to compete in London next year. Blatchford won the race for gold.
It’s been several weeks since the end of elite track nats and I’ve been meaning to do more with my best photos — it was a chore going through all 2,000 and getting 600 or so on my website. My eyes are still tired.
Here’s probably my favorite picture. It was one of the biggest moments at nationals–two-time Olympian Giddeon Massie edged Matt Baranoski at the line to win gold in the keirin. I got peak action in sharp focus when the riders were hitting 40 mph.
Here’s what Giddeon had to say about his come-from behind victory in an interview with the Orange County Register:
“As I was making the turn on the final corner, I thought, “oh, this is going to be close,’ ” Massie said. “There were some very quick guys behind me so I didn’t want to hit it too soon, but I did end up going a little late. Luckily, I had a little bit left at the end to get the win.”
It was thrilling to watch.