On Sunday we headed up the Hunter Valley a little bit to Cessnock where the inaugural Australian Postie Bike Grand Prix was taking place. Yes a race involving those wonderful little postie bikes is actually a thing and I was lucky enough to get media access to the track. Unfortunately it was about 38 degrees Celsius in the shade so standing alongside the bitumen street track was very hot work!
The race was held in the streets of Cessnock’s Central Business District and each team will consist of two riders and two pit persons. Apparently the Honda CT 110 Postie bike is the ideal platform for such a race and the team’s had done a wonderful job of marking up their bikes.
Eighty teams contested the 24 lap qualifying sessions during the day and then at 3:00pm the Australian flag was waved and the Australian Postie Bike Grand Prix was underway with the team crossing the line first sharing the spoils of the $1000 first place prize.
The event overall was very well organised with track marshalls, first aid staff, markets and jumping castles and I think it was a credit to everyone involved for how well the day went and to Cessnock council and businesses for getting behind a very unique event.
As is usually the case with these events my favorite crazy photography mates from Newcastle Sundance were there making sure that the action was covered from all angles – I’m sure the riders are going to love what we all managed to capture for them.
The race was a good opportunity to keep honing my ‘panning’ skills – a photography skill that blurs the background whilst keeping the racer in focus creating that feeling of motion. It can be quite difficult to master and each time the settings are slightly differby depending on the conditions under which you are shooting. I was pretty happy with my shot rate but I did shoot static for a bit in the middle (which you’ll be able to see in the full set of images) as with bigger lenses it can be a bit physical particularly in the heat we were in.
Here are some of the images from the day:
The full set can be found on Flickr (be warned there are over 250 photos!) here.
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