I recently traveled to Trexlertown, Pennsylvania for the 2009 Track Cycling Collegiate National Championships. Accompanied by my friend, business partner and very accomplished photographer, David Deal, we shot a variety of images with a variety of cameras. David shot with a Diana camera most of the time, and I mixed it up with digital and a the legendary Pentax 67 II—a BEAST of a camera, with fantastic lenses. These are a selection of the images I shot.
The event was grossly under-attended considering the caliber of athletes present (both male and female) who could soon represent the United States Olympic team. I suppose we benefited from the casual atmosphere as we freely strolled the velodrome to capture our photographs.
Most Americans don't know that track cycling used to be HUGE in the United States back in the 20s. In fact, Madison Square Gardens was built to be a track cycling venue and thrived as one throughout the 20s and into the 30s. The sport faded, but only in the states. In Europe, it still lives on and in fact the events have quite the party atmosphere.
I hope you enjoy these images, and watch your first track cycling event very soon. It's quite a sport.