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Bicycle Photography: UA Criterium 2011

Saturday was a great day for indulging my passion for bike-tography. I pedaled my bicycle and camera over to the east side of the University of Arizona campus, which was blocked off for the UA Criterium.

This closed-course event drew bicycle racing enthusiasts from hither and yon, but there were plenty of good spots to capture the action. Here are the Category 3/4 Men, lining up for the start of their 35-minute event…

Bicycle photography - starters at UA Criterium, Tucson, Arizona

After the start, those Cat 3/4 guys went flat out. Here’s one competitor nearing the main entrance to the UA softball stadium…

Bicycle photography - Male racer at UA Criterium, Tucson, Arizona

Okay, so you’re not into racing, but you did ride your bike to the UA Criterium. Well, there’s a laid-back cruiser ride that’s just for you. Just donate a minimum of $15 to benefit the Tucson Tragedy Victims Fund, and you’re in.

Among those who pitched in to aid the victims of the January 8 shootings was Ralph Phillips, owner of Fair Wheel Bikes, not to mention the biggest front basket in the cruiser ride…

Bicycle photography - Cruiser ride at UA Criterium, Tucson, Arizona

The relatively small women’s field provided the surprise finish of the day. Check out the middle rider in this photo. She’s Lizzy Caputo, a 15-year-old member of El Grupo Youth Cycling…

Bicycle photography - Women finishers at UA Criterium, Tucson, Arizona

Lizzy was the only female entrant in her youth race and was the winner by default. So, she decided to mix it up with the adults. And she came in third.

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