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chasing the race


I ran around like a crazy person at Tour of Utah and made photos and wrote words. Every day was like a puzzle with a bunch of pieces missing. This image was one of those lucky strikes that got me through. I picked a spot near the final corner and Eric Young launched his race-winning sprint right in front of me. Thanks bro!

For my friends who are into looking at pictures, here’s a collection from the week’s shenanigans — Tour of Utah Gallery.

The biggest near-disaster was the part where I opened my camera bag and realized I hadn’t packed any camera straps. Like at all. Oops. Good thing my brother had an old one sitting around I could borrow. I spent the week with a D200 strap on my D3 and felt super pro. Maybe that’s why so many dudes wanted to explain photography to me. Anyway, I think I’m just going to leave it on there.

The most useful thing I had in my bag? 2x teleconverter. That thing saved me a few times when I just wasn’t really in the right spot at the right time. It turns out I’m not that good at running really. I did some podium photos from some pretty odd places. In one case I climbed into a windowsill of a building.

Only one pair of sunglasses was destroyed in this adventure. I’m counting that a win.

Thanks for a fun time, Utah and thanks Bicycling Mag for sending me out to chase the bike race. Let’s do it again sometime!

Today in Mansplaining

British Cycling’s head coach Shane Sutton thinks Emma Pooley should take a year off from the sport. Maybe that will make her less frustrated with the way in which women’s cycling is governed.

Right, because Pooley could not possibly have legitimate grievances. Because you know, women.

Instead of engaging her in a constructive way, Sutton says Pooley would be better off leaving the sport and dismisses her criticisms as illegimate and motivated by bitterness. If that ain’t mansplaining, I don’t know what is.

Pooley is no slouch at pro cycling. She has a world championship title in the time trial and she’s picked off several world cup wins. In 2011 she finished second in the Giro Donne in a scintillating battle with Marianne Vos. That was some seriously good bike racing. If Pooley is wrong for cycling, I don’t want to be right.

I had the chance to talk to Pooley last fall in the context of the upheaval at Garmin-Cervélo. It eventually worked out with the partnership between the managements at AA Drink and Slipstream. But that agreement lasted just one year. Last year Pooley told me she loved racing her bike, but she hated the off-season uncertainties of finding a team. 

With her AA team stopping, it’s not a huge surprise that Pooley might be feeling a little frustrated.

Hey Coach Sutton, let’s talk about why one of the top riders in the sport is thinking about leaving it. And maybe we can start by not blaming her for being frustrated with the lack of support from sponsors and from institutions like the UCI and the national federations.

Today in Mansplaining