Cycling is more than the Tour de France, doping, and being the fastest. Cycling is passion, cycling is life. The racing scene is like life under a microscope. Success, friendship, betrayal, and heroism. Despite the doping the riders still have to suffer the pain and exhaustion.
As an amateur rider it gives me the sense of speed and dedication. You always set goals to climb higher, ride faster, and further. The joy and thrill of chasing a group of cyclist on a long winding dike road and catching them is enlightening. And I remember many of the rides I made, like some of the finest moments I captured while photographing.
All photographs by Wouter Brandsma