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The Inaugural Terry McGinnis Crit, Holladay City

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We do some odd S%$* here in Utah.   For example, The Fourth of July can never, ever fall on a Sunday.  In case it does, most of the State the which proclaims  “Life elevated” as it’s motto, holds the fourth on the third.  Sometimes it’s on the Fifth.  Anyway, yesterday, July 3 2010, the City of Holladay (yes we spell things in unique ways too.. of course it was some dudes name) put together a small bike race as part of their Fourth of July Celebration.  A great three straight course with two 90º corners and a 180º sweeper made for good times as the men (why there was no women’s class is a mystery to be solved later) did 60 minutes and 3 laps.  The race honored long time Utah cycling advocate and the driving force behind the Tour Of Utah, Terry McGinnis.  Terry passed last year shortly after the completion of the 3rd running of the Tour Of Utah, after a long battle with cancer.

Billy Demong... Looking like a bike racer

Saturdays race brought out 70 of the top Utah racers in categories 1-3.  Cameron Hoffman (Bikers Edge/Destination Homes) took the win, after spending some time off the front in a short lived (aren’t they all?) break with Nordic Combined Medalist Billy Demong (Cole Sport Racing).

The boys from Coles, lacking a field sprinter, contented themselves with scarfing up nearly all of the lap prems. In all a pleasent afternoon in the 801, with a light breeze, moderate temperatures, good roads and a well supported race for the 3 of July Celebration.

Chase Pinkham (Trek Livestrong) on the point

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July 4, 2010 at 2:13 pm

This one or that one…..

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Image has a nasty pink tint from the filter I used. Note to self replace the filter. The filter needed to go from upper right to horizon left. Note to self check twice on things like that so as to avoid blown highlight. Placement of the horizon is debatable. I wanted the feel of empty so I tried to empasize that with sky and foreground. Maybe too much of both.Horizon is tilted slightly to place the let higher than the right.  I could go either way with it.  Everything is leading to the left, so the tilted Horizon doesn’t cause me that much grief.  I like the dark cast to the image.  The light falls off hard to the right and is probably recoverable with additional post process.  Note to self keep working on post as much as you hate it.  Better placement of the ND Filter would have helped that too.  In addition, a higher POV would have placed the reflected clouds further on to the water.  Note to self double check your framing.

Better. Too blue for my liking. More post. Changed crop to de-emphasize the sky and took a bit of the foreground and the blown highlight at left. Played with color balance and recovered some of the EV on the right. Image is better balanced now. Helps that the left isn’t over bright as well since it no longer dominated the eye.

What say you?

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May 26, 2010 at 1:13 pm

‘Cross!

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This past weekend we at Fred Marx ventured out of our mountain hideaway and observed a celebration of the autumn ritual of  ‘cross racing. ‘Cross is road bikes with fatter tires racing around on dirt, pavement and many times mud.  Just for entertainment purposes the course designer adds hurdles.  One must dismount, clear said hurdle, remount, and continue to race.  This is how it should be done.

How to hurdle... Part 1

How to hurdle... Part 2

How to hurdle... Part 3

Here in Utah we believe that kids should play too.

It can be done this way as well...

It never hurts that they give you a chance to win some gas money…
Dollar lap anyone?

Now here at Fred Marx it has been heard that ‘cross is best served up wet. There was no wet. It was dry here in Utah this time. Judges were heard to lament that someone had dropped the ball by not watering down the course. We have seen other peoples photos of ‘cross in mud and wet and think that this race was missing an important element….. Funny we at the Marx thought they were referring to the consumption of Adult Beverage, when they were talking about ‘cross being best served wet… Hmmm perhaps our next adventure to the north will yield up an answer to this most perplexing of questions.

Until such time, Hasta la vista
Fred

PS if you like the images, there is more at thePrinothcat Cross Gallery.