This isn't the winner, but its my second-favorite of me from 2012

Velominati Photo Contest: Season 2012

Velominati Photo Contest: Season 2012

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Truth be told, how many of us can resist a photo of ourselves Looking Fantastic on the bike? How many of us can resist the temptation of taking our eyes off the road and stealing a glimpse of ourselves in a shop window as we pass by? Not me, but then again a strong case could be made for my being a narcissist and I freely admit that I love looking at photos of myself riding, though this is mostly because they take me back to the experience I was having at the time.

This time of year has us looking back at the season past and getting nostalgic about the best rides and moments of the year. In the coming Holiday week, the Keepers will be naming The V Moment and the Anti-V Moment of the year, but we thought we’d give the community an opportunity to get a bit narcissistic and share our favorite photos from 2012.

With that, we announce the first annual Velominati Photo Contest. To enter, post your favorite photo(s) from 2012 below and The Keepers will monitor the conversation and use our judgement to name a winner on January 1st, 2013. The winner will receive a free pair of Witte V-Socks (available in the first quarter of next year) and the top three photos will be offered as VVallpapers. Just as with the VSP, The Keepers can post photos and are eligible to win, of course, but we are excluded from the prizes.

Even as I write this I know we won’t be able to resist posting photos of ourselves laying down The V; I already did it in the lead photo of this article. Nevertheless, the photos don’t have to be of yourself, they can be of anything so long as you took the photo or you have permission from the photographer to share it.

Have at it and so far so good on the world not ending.

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  1. me on Alp d'huez a few days before christmas

  2. ^ me on alp d’huez a few days before christmas

  3. @principle The word ‘badass’ comes to mind. If Rule #9 could be expressed visually, surely this picture does it.

  4. @Tartan1749 I’m one the riders and I was riding a hybrid with straight bars (sorry man). The guy who took the picture is riding a single speed 1980s road bike and we all used studded tires to get through the snow. While we were riding we got hit by a snow storm and just round the bend to the top right a snow drift called a halt to our progress. Does one road bike in the bunch count?

  5. @Cyclops

    OK, since we got some nit-pickers here (me being #1) I added the race number and I figured out how to get the shadow on the ground a lot better looking…

    Great job there, I’m not sure if you actually have only one eye or not but if you do it is one fine eye that’s for sure!

  6. Vainqueur du Velominati Super Prestige 2012

    San Tonio

  7. We’re a little bit behind here, but just a quick word to say we’ll name the winner of the contest in the next few days…

  8. @snoov

    @Cyclops

    OK, since we got some nit-pickers here (me being #1) I added the race number and I figured out how to get the shadow on the ground a lot better looking…

    Great job there, I’m not sure if you actually have only one eye or not but if you do it is one fine eye that’s for sure!

    Those are some mad photoshop skillz there Cyclops! Chapeau! Now remember to send Frank a hi-res file so he can get it blown up poster size.

  9. @wiscot

    @snoov

    @Cyclops

    OK, since we got some nit-pickers here (me being #1) I added the race number and I figured out how to get the shadow on the ground a lot better looking…

    Great job there, I’m not sure if you actually have only one eye or not but if you do it is one fine eye that’s for sure!

    Those are some mad photoshop skillz there Cyclops! Chapeau! Now remember to send Frank a hi-res file so he can get it blown up poster size.

    Only shame is that none of the crowd are actually cheering him on!  This obviously would never have been the case if he was really there ;)

  10. @Cyclops

    OK, since we got some nit-pickers here (me being #1) I added the race number and I figured out how to get the shadow on the ground a lot better looking…

    Now there’s one for the workshop wall! Great job @Cyclops!

  11. @Tartan1749 – as Jahwobble said, it was quite a day for riding. Temperature wise it only dipped to -4c (24F), but there was quite a strong wind blowing so the real feel pulled it into the double digits below (low teens). It had snowed about 15-20 cm (6-8 inches) during the night, but the cleaning crews had come out in numbers that morning and most of the roads were ride-able. However, upon turning that corner and going round the old church, the drifts of snow had amassed into an impenetrable wall. One of the braver comments, just before we were forced to turn back, was “If we just make the next 800m, we’ll be in the cover off those trees..’

    They had actually closed the Stockholm’s airport, before we got home, due to the amount of snow that fell that day. That doesn’t happen very often…

    Anyway, trying to crunch through snow up above the pedals is just plain hard. It doesn’t matter if you’re riding a road bike, a CX, a hybrid or even an MTB. I had the slimmest tires of day at only 32mm, but that was almost too dangerous. When you’re out on snow and ice you need grip, you want to avoid slipping around and you don’t want to cut too deep. So you’re right – no ‘real’ road bikes. It just wouldn’t have been a wise choice…

    This shot was taken 10 minutes before we had to turn back for some steaming espresso and other essentials. (Jahwobble – our great Scotsman – is the rider to the right (seen from the photographer).

    And oh – this was how light it was at 10:00 in the morning.

  12. @payaso

    How about the Dynamic Duo doing their part to lay down The V on Halloween Day?

    Mrs Engine votes this one above all – “its all about the future”

  13. Bit late maybe and not road cycling but to quote @Mrs Engine “its all about the future”…

    He want’s a road bike now.

  14. @Chris

    Bit late maybe and not road cycling but to quote @Mrs Engine “its all about the future”…

    He want’s a road bike now.

    Fuck he looks like he’s doing about Mach 3!!

  15. @Deakus He was going quite quickly but it’s a bit of a shame that the panning has taken away the sense of gradient, he’s on a very short flat section coming out of a berm before dropping into another on a 4X* track near us.

    *4X as in Four Cross rather than @Marcus’ favourite lager.

  16. @Cyclops

    OK, since we got some nit-pickers here (me being #1) I added the race number and I figured out how to get the shadow on the ground a lot better looking…

    That’s awesome. Looks like @frank’s head is about to explode.

  17. @Chris

    @Deakus He was going quite quickly but it’s a bit of a shame that the panning has taken away the sense of gradient, he’s on a very short flat section coming out of a berm before dropping into another on a 4X* track near us.

    *4X as in Four Cross rather than @Marcus’ favourite lager.

    *4X as in Four Cross rather than @Marcus’ favourite lager.

    Ouch…light the blue touch paper and walk away…

  18. @Deakus I’ll be back in a couple of weeks.

  19. Who won the photo competition?

  20. @Jahwobble

    Who won the photo competition?

    Funny you should ask. Just wrapping up our internal voting and we’ll announce them (probably) today.

  21. Announcing the Velominati Photo Of the Year 2012 Winners:

    Many thanks to everyone for posting such great photos. It was actually really hard to decide on the winner, and obviously I was leaning towards those that painted me into scenes on the Kapelmuur, but since they were faked, we had to pass on them.

    All three winning photos will be offered as free VVallpapers later on when I get a chance to put them together and run them past the owners for approval. Without further ado, we present our winners:

    Maglia Photo and winner of the V-Socks: @Pedale.Forchetta:

    http://www.velominati.com/unforgettable-rides/velominati-photo-contest-season-2012/#comment-153964

    Second Place: @MannyAcosta

    http://www.velominati.com/unforgettable-rides/velominati-photo-contest-season-2012/#comment-153874

    Third Place: @principle

    http://www.velominati.com/unforgettable-rides/velominati-photo-contest-season-2012/#comment-153817

  22. All great pictures….but I think @Pedale.Forchetta was pretty much pegged from day 1.  That’s a cracking photo….but….noone is perfect!

    @Pedale.Forchetta can you do next years in landscape please….it’s better for the wallpapers!…I would put a friendly winky emoticon in there but I have already posted one tonight and I fear a stoning if I go any further…………………..

  23. Blinding photos and to think that my arse is going to be on one of the VVallpapers. Big respect to Niels who stayed verticle long enough in the storm to take the picture. Live long and prosper brothers and sister of the V.

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