Sunday 19 January was the 11th game of the ICW (InterClubMatches) winter competition 2019/2020. The organization is a collaboration between MTB Assen and WV Meteor Assen-Roden. A home game for me! Although I don't photograph a lot of events in Assen.
It was a very challenging route with for Drentse characteristics many height meters over the many humps of the Sportpark De Hoogspanning in the district kloosterveen. Young and old were at the start with three different routes for the youth from 8 years old in the morning. The older, the longer (and more challenging) the trail.
I didn't know exactly how it went, so the first group I had to walk back a bit, so I could photograph them better in the second round. The young man who then came in with two thumbs in the air made up for a lot. He wasn't going to finish on stage, but this moment was worth gold for me.
Youth on mountain bike
Another young man impressed me, too. He drove in the second age group and came flying down the hill. A narrow track along the slope led everyone to the other side towards the foot of the hill. If you dared, you could take the built-up speed over the flat part that came next.
Not everyone had the guts, but he knew no fear. The second round he had already built more than a minute ahead of the rest of the field. Behind the last rider, someone followed on the bike as a broom truck. I got a tip from getting back on the route. Yes, it was easy going. I had a good time.
ICW North Assen 2020 noon
In the afternoon it was first the turn of the field riders. Those with the thinner tires were clearly at a disadvantage when climbing a larger hill. This started immediately after a corner bend and due to the rain of the night before it, it was the first meters slithering through the blubber. From near standstill, the tires at the foot of the hill were already looking for grip.
After passing the first meters, cycling became easier again, but several participants came up with the bike on the shoulder. The photographers present took each other into account. Places were interspersed, everyone got the chance to take a picture of everything. The course also offered space for this. Thanks to the various hills, you could easily sit down in such a way that someone else no longer had you in the photo in the background.
The mountain bikers
They didn't have it easy and because of all the previous cyclists it was a race with splashing mud. Legs got darker, faces came round after round to be further covered in splashes. And I shot happily, until just before 3:00 p.m., the last contestant passed me. It was over.
I had moved over the back part of the course and was able to get back to the exit through the blubber. With plenty of pictures. That's going to take time to get everything online, I'm afraid. The video will be added to this blog later.
Film ICW North Assen 2020
While shooting, I mounted the smartphone on top of the camera to take short shots of various participants. Unfortunately not from the fielders, because then the battery had to be charged. The recordings are combined into this four-minute video as an impression of the event:
Result of the day, photos
It was a very spectacular day for me as a photographer to be able to capture everything. I left 2,000 photos to the sporting event. I will choose a few photos and post online (website, Facebook, Instagram) as a short impression of the day.
The photos of the ICW Noord Assen 2020 edition can be viewed below. The further financial settlement runs through Oypo, so that possible combination with other events / photographers can be combined. Read my short explanation about Oypo and the possibilities for ordering a print, digital file, garment or other gift with the photo taken. Enjoy this day, have fun and watch until next time.