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.
Zak Kovalcik at Elite Track Nationals.
Katie Compton, left, and Cari Higgins in the Madison race at Elite Track Nationals.
Guy East and Austin Carroll in the Madison at Elite Track Nationals.
Dana Feiss racing the Keirin at Elite Track Nationals.
Matt Baranoski vs. Andy Lakatosh, one of the great battles at Elite Track Nationals.
Amgen Tour of California, downtown Los Angeles.
Girls field at Junior Track States.
Junior Track States. I’m amazed he kept racing.
Keith Ketterer breaks the world hour record.
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.
The awesome Sarah Storey at Paralympic Worlds. She won gold in everything she entered.
Craig Maclean and and Anthony Kappes win the gold medal in the tandem sprint at Paralympic Worlds.
Greta Neimanas wins gold in the scratch race at Paralympic Worlds.
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.
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 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.
This is a slideshow of photos I shot at track cycling nationals earlier this month at the Los Angeles Velodrome. Some of these athletes were selected to represent the United States next year at the UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships, which will be held
Feb. 9-12 at the velodrome in Carson. About 230 athletes from 30 countries will compete. The World Cup is the final qualifying event for U.S. athletes to be nominated to the 2012 U.S. Paralympic Cycling Team, which will participate in the 2012 Paralympic Games in London.