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Face the pain

Posted in General, Icons, Racing, Road by brettok on January 17, 2010


In his series The Peloton, photographer Timm Kolln has not only captured that sentiment on film, but also with those words.

I first witnessed these outstanding images in the Rouleur 2007 Photography Annual, and they have stayed etched on my psyche ever since.  The blank backgrounds complement the even blanker stares, men broken by countless hours and kilometres spent racing their bicycles.  Hours and kilometres at speeds and effort that I can barely imagine being able to manage myself.

This shot of the great Spartacus, a man who can rip the legs from his competitors like his (nick-)namesake slayed his oppressors, reduced to a spent shell, the mixture of sweat, mucous and road grime under his nose making him look almost like a long-haired Hitler impersonator.

After a hard day of hill training last week, and while only a fraction of what those real riders put themselves through, I felt fittingly smashed enough to try my hand at some self-portraiture and attempt to capture my own sweat and pain for prosperity. With the countdown to Karapoti well and truly underway, there’ll be plenty more suffering to come at the hands of the Wellington hills over the next two months.   


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  1. Frank said, on January 19, 2010 at 5:37 AM

    Awesome! Have you seen the Rouleur Road to Roubaix? They have footage of these shots being taken…they look even more broken as they pose than they do in the shots.

  2. brettok said, on January 19, 2010 at 6:17 AM

    Cheers, yeah I’ve seen the trailer, but I need to get the film. And one day, I’m gonna get there for Flanders, G-W, Roubaix week… beer and frites!

  3. Frank said, on January 20, 2010 at 10:50 AM

    2011 Keeper Tour!

  4. aidan said, on January 21, 2010 at 3:05 PM

    pics of your masculine torso glistening with sweat or stfu

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