Andorra marked the final event of my year, the World Championships, the race for all the glory.
It was a bitter-sweet week, as it was filled with amazing riding, hilarious banter, and majestic views, but it also marked the moment we’d all part ways until the following year. At the end of it all though, the whole week was something I’ll revel in for a long time, with enough stories to write a small book.
Thanks to everyone who has tuned in for this series, it’s been a lot of fun creating these galleries and getting to relive the season each weekend as I compiled the content! Here it is, the closing piece for the 2015 World Cup season:
Super Fan, Ivan, getting his morning cardio in…or he’s late getting somewhere.
Early starts are just part of the job, but this 7am start was a bit much. @tommyawilkinson and @jamesallenphotography stroll down to the track as the sun begins to rise.
This is @mayhemmedia. m/
Always stoke and smiling, @veroniquesandler was pumped to race.
Just hours away from race-time, and ultimately a bronze medal, @ratboy_bryce takes time to meet-and-greet with his stoked fans.
Trainer-extraordinare and good craic, @alanmilway was on hand to keep the racers tuned in and ready to race.
The nervous tension before the biggest race of the year hangs in the air around the pits. @steffimarth takes some time to gather her thoughts.
Physio and general badass, @lauraaarobson is probably suggesting that Martin Maes should get an instagram account and not mess up my captioning theme…
He may be a team manager these days, but @pager7211 is still faster than most mortals on two wheels.
Wildman; Mechanic; DJ; @charlie_collins gets the stereo bumpin’ to start the day.
@duncanphilpott provides a helping hand, making sure @rachybox is never carry a glass-half-empty.
Those who know, know; Blackjack is an animal and knows how to party. #onelifebru
Long-time friend of mine and mechanic for his older brother, @loganmulally takes a moment to enjoy the morning before the madness.
Photographers are a tight-knit bunch. Seb Scheik doesn’t have instagram (a hotly contested issue), but @maddogboris seems to like him all the same.
Don’t lose a bet with a Squid. @tommyawilkinson learned the hardway that welching on a bet doesn’t happen on the World Cup Circuit. @maddogboris presides as the officiator of punishment, while @rachybox checks his work and @svenmartinphoto makes sure to document the shaming.
This is how tattoos are made: @maddogboris asked @rachybox to help him with his next piece.
Dan, TM of @athertonracing, is always hustling to keep the machine runnning, but maintains a great sense of humor through it all.
@french__jesus roaming around during a few spare moments away from the bike stand and tool chest.
Shout out to the family and friends who keep everyone on track and moving forward!
@maddogboris gives newly-crowned World Champion @rachybox a champion’s carry out of the arena.
Friend and ripper, @gianlucavernassa enjoys his morning, with some appropriate inspiration in the background.
@joekrejbich takes a moment to reflect on the massively successful season.
Don’t let the quiet and humble exterior fool you, @luca_shaw is one funny dude and lightning on a bike.
The Man from the North, @northernmorzine74 takes some time to catch up on internet things while his rider is out on track.
Boredom at it’s finest: @nathanhughesphoto unleashes his inner kid, and covers himself and his gear with mud in the process. #worthit
Sometimes, it’s all about killing time around the pits. @tahneeseagrave and @point1athletic take a stroll around and window shop.
Sandra Rubesam was not someone I was familar with before Andorra, but she won me over with her riding and the fact that she practiced in a tie-dye hoodie. Here she warms up in the sun with her partner. To see what she gets up to: @thundercaaat
Being sick is never fun, but being sick on raceday is the worst: @cole.lucas, suffering.
In case you didn’t know; @svenmartinphoto posts up and gets ready to mine for bangers.
@connorahoyhoy cruising by en route to smash out some practice laps.
The winner and her mechanic; @rachybox and @joekrejbich made for an unstoppable force in 2015.
@maddogboris getting right into the mix on the first day.
These three are always up to something, and this NSFW moment during track walk is a prime example. @stevepeat sharing a few odds and ends with @ratboy_bryce and @steelcitymedia.
His World Champion jersey was fresh out of the packaging, but @lauriegreenland_ wasn’t able to revel is its brand-newness for long, as @gee_atherton accidentally got some blood on it while contratulating him on a job well done…at least it’s Champion’s Blood…!
World Champs is a particularly cool event, because riders’ family and friends make the trip to cheer and celebrate. Here, Ratboy’s sister dons his kit in consideration for 2016.
The pits are always a great source of entertainment…
The SRAM lounge is a little slice of heaven for athletes and industry folk alike. @andrewcrimmins enjoying all the offerings.
I had forgotten about this moment entirely. There can be long pauses in the riding, and we get bored. Luisa was quietly entertaining herself and I thought it would be funny to shout, “Rider!” while she was chimping…sorry Luisa, false alarm ; ) ! (It was funny)
One of the nicest people on the circuit and an all-around talent on a bike, UK racer @katycurd took to pacing about to try and keep warm during the cool Andorran morning.