How to Look Cool… and Fast
You didn’t sign up for a photo shoot, you signed up to ride, I get that. I’m not asking you to strike awkward poses here, just a little preparation and attention to detail can transform a photo from a snapshot to a hero shot.
Start with your bike
Clean it – you should anyways for the safety inspection
Color Coordinate the Tape – Choose tape that coordinates with your bike’s colour scheme or stick with black/white
Tape Like a Pro – Take your time, work out any wrinkles, cut the edges with a razor and your bike will look amazing
Next, your attire
Safety First – Never sacrifice safety in the name of looking good
Color Coordinate – I’ve found gear that coordinates with the bike typically looks best. When in doubt choose something classic like black/white/grey. If you can’t match the bike match your apparel as best you can.
Finally, your riding
Good Forum – That’s the end goal anyway, to ride with proper technique and form
Tuck a Little – On the straightaways you will appear much faster if you bend a little
Smooth is Fast – Ride your ride and don’t speed up suddenly for me, it actually makes the photos look worse
Spread Out – I have a much better chance of capturing you if you’re spaced out on the track
I’ll be There – Most riders don’t see me because they are focused and I’m trying to cause as little distraction as possible. Just know that I hang out in most spots for a few laps so if I miss you the first time I’ll get you the next.
While it’s not advisable to be striking poses for the camera while on the track, you can throw a gang sign, middle, finger, thumbs up or make a face when waiting in the hot pits and/or just as you are exiting the track through the orange cones after the checker flag.
If you’d like to see a sample gallery from last season click here.
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