10 Photos from Race Photographer, Balint Hamvas

10 Photos from Race Photographer, Balint Hamvas

10 Photos from Race Photographer, Balint Hamvas

With the European season done and dusted, we asked race photographer, Balint Hamvas, to send us 10 of the best photos he's taken this season, along with an explanation for each one. 

My gear:

2x Canon 1DX
Canon EF 35mm f/1.4
Canon EF 50mm f/1.2
Canon EF 300mm f/1.
Canon EF 17-40mm f/4

 

Lotta Lepistö (FIN) of Cervélo-Bigla Cycling Team leans into a corner during the 2.8km time trial prologue of Elsy Jacobs - a stage race in Luxembourg in Luxembourg on April 29, 2016 in Luxembourg.

The Elsy Jacobs prologue in May in Luxembourg offered probably the most scenic time trial backdrop all season.

Joelle Numainville (CAN) of Cervélo-Bigla Cycling Team tackles a speedy downhill section in the first short lap during the second, 110.1km road race stage of Elsy Jacobs - a stage race in Luxembourg in Garnich on May 1, 2016.

Joelle Numainville (CAN) of Cervélo-Bigla Cycling Team tackles a speedy downhill section in the first short lap during the second, 110.1km road race stage of Elsy Jacobs - a stage race in Luxembourg in Garnich on May 1, 2016.

Ashleigh Moolmann-Pasio (RSA) of Cervélo-Bigla Cycling Team joins the chase during the second, 110.1km road race stage of Elsy Jacobs - a stage race in Luxembourg in Garnich on May 1, 2016.

Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio digs deep in the last lap of the final stage of the Elsy Jacobs race. She went onto to finish 7th on the stage and missed the overall podium by one second.

Ashleigh Moolmann-Pasio (RSA) of Cervélo-Bigla Cycling Team rides through flooded road section during the Aviva Women's Tour 2016 - Stage 2. A 140.8 km road race from Atherstone to Stratford upon Avon, UK on June 16th 2016.

The second was the wettest stage of the Aviva Women’s Tour and this massive and deep puddle just shows how horrible the weather was that day.

Ashleigh Moolmann-Pasio (RSA) of Cervélo-Bigla Cycling Team digs deep during the Aviva Women's Tour 2016 - Stage 4. A 119.2 km road race from Nottingham to Stoke-on-Trent, UK on June 18th 2016.

Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio was always at the front on the hillier stages, which makes the life of the team photographer a lot easier!

Joelle Numainville (CAN) of Cervélo-Bigla Cycling Team leans into the corner leading onto Whitehall during the Prudential RideLondon Classique, a 66 km road race in London on July 30, 2016 in the United Kingdom.

The RideLondon Classique was the probably the shortest race of the year (66km) with the highest prize money (€100,000). While the racing was short, it was very frantic and it touched many London landmarks, like the famous Big Ben.

The peloton rides in the rain during the 76,1 km first stage of the 2016 Ladies’ Tour of Norway women’s road cycling race on August 12, 2016 between Halden and Fredrikstad, Norway. (Photo by Balint Hamvas/Velofocus)

The Ladies Tour of Norway greeted the riders with an uncomfortable sleet during the first stage, but the scenery was nothing short of breathtaking.

Cervélo-Bigla Cycling Team DS Thomas Campana congratulates Nicole Hanselmann (SUI) for winning the 76,1 km first stage of the 2016 Ladies’ Tour of Norway women’s road cycling race on August 12, 2016 between Halden and Fredrikstad, Norway. (Photo by Balint Hamvas/Velofocus)

It’s rather rare in women’s cycling that a breakaway stays away till the finish, but that’s exactly how Nicole Hanselmann won the first stage of the Ladies Tour of Norway, and Thomas Campana couldn’t have been happier.

the 42,5 km team time trial of the UCI Women's World Tour's 2016 Crescent Vårgårda women’s road cycling race on August 19, 2016 in Vårgårda, Sweden. (Photo by Balint Hamvas/Velofocus)

While preparing for the team time trial is important, it’s also important to discuss the ins and outs of the latest season of Game of Thrones with the teammates.

the 42,5 km team time trial of the UCI Women's World Tour's 2016 Crescent Vårgårda women’s road cycling race on August 19, 2016 in Vårgårda, Sweden. (Photo by Balint Hamvas/Velofocus)

They were the first team to start in Vårgårda and they nearly managed to pull off the perfect race, but the silver medal in TTT was still a very impressive result.