2012, Photography

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.
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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