Ben Ingham's photography exhibition "Theatres of Cross" launches at Old Street from Wednesday 7th January.
Ben visited locations for cyclocross such as Koksijde in Flanders, the dusty trails of Gloucester, and Massachusetts for Rapha to capture their respective characters.
In these places, for one autumn or winter weekend, cyclocross racers endure the ride for an hour or two. For some of those who call these locations home, the race goes on.
"Professional cyclocross is intense, the action so intimate that spectators can all but smell the toil, hear the thumping heartbeats and taste the adrenalin. It is, in some ways, the struggle of life in microcosm, the drama ebbing and flowing, the plot thickening as the athletic actors race past, carrying their hopes and fears at full speed. When the cross circus rolls out of town, however, the communities that inhabit these places return to their daily lives again. These locations are, without exception, hard places, characterised variously by struggling industry or extremes of weather. The people that live in these locations are hardy, too, and every bit as passionate as the fans that line the velodrome in Roubaix, or trek up mountains in the Nobeyama Prefecture in Japan."