Four Exposures for One Bicycle Race

Stefan Kung of team BMC won the Swiss Time Trial Championship June 22, 2017 in Luterkofen, Switzerland.

Photographing the Swiss Time Trial Championship with a large format camera has been on my mind for a long time. Large format sport photography opposes the slowness of a 4×5″ camera to the speed of the athletes. Opposites attract. I used two kind of films: Kodak Tri-X 320 4×5″ in wooden film holders, and Polaroid…… Continue reading Four Exposures for One Bicycle Race

Cargo bikes in Rwanda

Bicycles often mix spare parts of different brands. This chainring incorporates the manufacturer's brand name Phoenix, a large Chinese company exporting bicycles since the 1960s.

Cargo bicycles are widely used for the transportation of goods and passengers in Rwanda – the land of thousand hills. For a cyclist, these hills make riding strenuous as there is hardly ever a flat stretch of road. Many riders of Team Rwanda, the cycling team based in Ruhengeri, have started as taxi or cargo bikers.

Susten – Furka – Grimsel Mountain Pass Loop

View from Susten pass (2'224 m) to the East. Susten pass road connects the Swiss cantons Uri and Bern. Today's road was built in the war years between 1938 and 1945. A route over the Susten pass already existed in middle age.

The lap over the three mountain passes Susten, Furka, and Grimsel is a classic cycling route in Switzerland. With 120 km and 3’400 m elevation gain, it’s the shortest variant of the Alpenbrevet, a road race marathon that offers five passes and 276 km in its longest route. The route encircles a glacier area representing the watershed…… Continue reading Susten – Furka – Grimsel Mountain Pass Loop

Cycling in Emmental

Cycling in Switzerland's Emmental valley.

The Emmental with its thousand rolling hills and small roads is a paradise for cycling. Emmental has the iconic Swiss postcard scenery. And in addition (although they are not in Emmental), here are some mountain passes from my ongoing series in black and white.

Balmberg Mountain Pass

Balmberg is a mountain pass (1078 m) in the Swiss Jura connecting Gunsberg and Welschenrohr in canton Solothurn. The road on the north side is among the steepest in Switzerland with gradients up to 25%. The Tour de Suisse cycling race visited Balmberg several times.

Balmberg is a mountain pass (1078 m) on the southmost Jura chain in canton Solothurn. The pass provides access to the Swiss Mittelland plateau for the people behind the Jura chain via Welschenrohr to Günsberg. On the top are several farmhouses serving also as restaurants. In winter, the region is visited by locals for skiing; in summer,…… Continue reading Balmberg Mountain Pass

Tour de Romandie 2015 Favourite Photos

The peloton leaves Moutier in a rocky valley along the river Birs in the Stage 3 of the Tour de Romandie leads from Moutier to Porrentruy April 30, 2015.

The Tour de Romandie 2015 is over and I can select my favourite photos. Surprisingly or not, they are still the same ones that I selected on the race days. My single favorite frame is probably the one taken in the pouring rain. A larger edit of the Tour de Romandie 2015 photos is in my…… Continue reading Tour de Romandie 2015 Favourite Photos

Tour de Romandie 2015 Stage 4

Riders face heavy rain and strong headwind in stage 4 of the Tour de Romandie leading from La Neuveville to Fribourg May 1, 2015.

Labour Day was hard work for the riders of Tour de Romandie. It was raining cats and dogs, and there was a nasty headwind on the way West. Stage 4 started in La Neuveville at Lake Biel and led along the Three Lakes, then to Lake Geneva, and through the Gruyère cheese region to Fribourg (169 km). Neopro…… Continue reading Tour de Romandie 2015 Stage 4