Rapha Super Cross 2012

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Rapha Super Cross 2012, a set on Flickr.

A taste of Belgium came to North Yorkshire on Saturday 20th October with the arrival of the Rapha 2012 Super Cross Series. The event was held at Broughton Hall near Skipton in near perfect conditions, with some lovely autumnal sunshine.

To add to the atmosphere there was a series of stalls in the race village where riders mixed with the spectators eating pancakes, venison burgers and the odd pint or two of local ale. The Rapha Cycle Club was also present selling coffee alongside a selection of clothing. Rouleur were also present and dishing out cowbells, which proved a hit with the kids.

Race was fast and furious over an undulating course and as the various groups took part, the course got muddier and muddier, before the Elite riders hit it mid-afternoon. This resulted in their pit crews being very busy between bike swaps to get the dirty ones clear of mud.

It was a great day out and should Rapha venture up north again next year, then I will certainly be returning.

Chicago 2012

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Chicago 2012, a set on Flickr.

I had the pleasure of going to Chicago recently with work. Spare time was on the short side, however I did manage to find some to take a walk around Chicago to take in some of the sites.

Some of these images were taken during an Architectural River Cruise and it is amazing how diverse the building styles are throughout the city, especially in the skyscrapers.

The view from the top of the Willis Tower is also pretty amazing, looking over Lake Michigan in the east and out over Illinois to the west.

I was also surprised how laid back the city was. Much more relaxed than New York.

Looking forward to seeing you again Chicago in two weeks when I am there again with work.