Speed Over Style: Bart Wellens Barrier Photo Sequence

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Cyclocross Magazine’s photographer Joe Sales made the hop over the pond for Worlds a little early and rewarded us with some amazing photos from the Roubaix World Cup (see our reports of the men, women, u23 and junior races). We’ve still got more images from him coming, and first up is a spectacular series of Bart Wellens as he approaches the barriers for the first time while in the lead.

Joe said, “Bart Wellens was going so fast I was sure he would wipe out.” But the brand-new dad and Fidea star kept it upright, and Joe captured the whole scene for your viewing pleasure.

If you look closely, it even looks like a spectator is cheering on Joe instead of the racers. We don’t blame him. If you’re enjoying his photos, drop us a comment below.

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6 comments
christine vardaros
christine vardaros

Yep, highest barriers I've jumped. Considering bart's bike is at least three pounds lighter than mine, i am not surprised that he can throw it around like a toy. Most guys were able to throw theirs around too. Bart is also known as the best runner in the field. By the way, i watched the guys for a few laps as they jumped over the barriers and my guess is that most did a step-through while the others did as bart - a step back.

Sue Butler
Sue Butler

Joe's pics are the best. He has an amazing eye and he is a great fan too!!! Those barriers were wicked high. I don't think I got my bike up as high as Bart did. Wow. Interesting. But he looks like he is going a lot faster over them than I ever did!

Dave Beals
Dave Beals

It looks like Bart was throwing the bike out into the crowd. And then he brings it back down almost sideways. My CX instructor told me to place that bike back down on the ground in a straight line so that i can get back on asap. Bart's style is poor, but look at those legs. And the photos are great... Keep 'em coming!

Wes
Wes

Watching the race on cycling.tv I was amazed that he never went down. He looked totally out of control, much different than in any race I've seen him in and I've watched him for years. It was quite noticeable. Not sure what was up? Maybe the barriers were tall; it did appear that everyone's form was a bit different.

noslo
noslo

These are amazing photos! I noticed that Wellens doesn't step through with the right foot on dismount, even at the speed he's traveling. And look at how high his bike goes - he must have been really moving...

Surly
Surly

Beautiful series of photographs, well done Joe. Tremendous how Bart stays in such crisp focus even as he moves forward.

Also - those barriers look huge! I think I saw in an interview, I think it was Katie's, that the barriers were 55 cm tall. Don't know if they are that tall, but they sure look taller - are they? There are other photos of racers jumping and it looks like they're flying higher than normal and breaking the traditional form of just running over the barriers. Or is it an optical illusion just because Bart's so short?

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