3 Peaks Cyclocross Photos
3 peaks cyclocross photos. On Sunday 29 September 2013 I was planning to be taking pictures / photos of the 3 peaks cyclocross. This will not now happen as I received a last minute booking to photograph the Wasdale Triathlon event, Sorry I will be missing the race, but I am really pleased to have been booked to take photo’s of the hardest half ironman in the world!
Last year I took photos of the three peaks cyclocross in terrible conditions, there was a strong wind blowing a Hooleyand the rain was torrential, preventing rain on the lense was a challenge. It was a tough day for all the riders and the marshalls.The 3 peaks cyclocross pictures from 2012 can be seen here.
The race will start from Helwith Bridge, North Yorkshire at 09:30am (on the outskirts of Horton in Ribblesdale). The three peaks cyclocross race is being billed as the toughest and longest cyclocross race in the UK if not the World, and few would argue against this. The 3 peaks cyclocross race is 38 miles long (61 kilometers) with 5000 feet of ascent (1524 meters). The riders first head out from Helwith Bridge through Horton in Ribblesdale and head towards the Ribblehead viaduct before turning off towards Gill Garth Farm, this first section is controlled by the race directors car, and all riders must follow the car. After here the race starts proper, the hill kicks up and there is an evil climb up the side of Ingleborough, which includes getting over a stile. Once Ingleborough is summited the riders descend to coldcotes. This section has bike eating bogs, and often a rider can be seen after flying through the air bikeless!
From Coldcotes the 3 peaks cyclocross riders progress on the road to just before the Hill Inn, a left turn is taken along an asphalted farm track towards the next off road section at the foot of Whernside. The three peaks cyclocross riders will the be carrying their bikes up the steep off road section, up stone steps on the rough track before the fitter riders get back on their cyclocross bikes to ride along the shoulder of Whernside and start the descent. The descent is for the brave, the track has drainage troughs running diagnally across the track, along with slippy stone flags. More than one rider will puncture going down here, and there is usually a gathering of wheel men (support crew, with spare wheels at hand) at the bottom of the descent for the quick wheel change.
The 3 peaks cyclocross riders then pass under the famous and impressive Ribblehead viaduct, before rejoining the road to head back to Horton Ribblesdale. One more hill to go, this is an out and back for the cyclocross riders, up Penyghent and back down. Often you will see close calls here! By this I mean a slower rider struggling going up hill with a racing snake descending at full speed and meeting on a corner! Once back down to the road a couple of miles sprint back along the road to finish line at Helwith Bridge.
Three Peaks Cyclocross Photos.