Monday, April 18, 2011

2011 Steel City Showdown Crit Race in Downtown Pittsburgh

I spent a cold, windy day taking pictures of, and enjoying, the 2011 Steel City Showdown yesterday.  The Steel City Showdown is a criterium (crit) race along four roads in downtown Pittsburgh.  Starting on Sixth Street, next to PNC park, it turned right on East General Robinson Street, right again on Seventh Street, over the Seventh Street Bridge, right on Fort Duquesne Boulevard, then right again on Seventh Street, heads over the Roberto Clemente Bridge, and ended back in front of PNC Park.  Think NASCAR, in the opposite direction, and less beer.
I did get a chance to see how a lensbaby composer works in a race atmosphere.   I think with a bit more practice I could get some pretty cool shots, I think I got a few great ones...just a lot of crap too.

Enjoy a gallery of photographs from the Steel City Showdown - http://www.jonpratt.com/2011/2011-Steel-City-Showdown-0417

And here are some pictures from the race -

Robert and Mary Lynn out working a corner at the 2011 Steel City Showdown a Criterium in downtown Pittsburgh
Robert and Mary Lynn out working a corner at the 2011 Steel City Showdown a Criterium in downtown Pittsburgh

Warming up on, and cleaning up, the Seventh Street Bridge in Pittsburgh
Warming up on, and cleaning up, the Seventh Street Bridge in Pittsburgh

Juniors at the 2011 Steel City Showdown get their marching orders
Juniors at the 2011 Steel City Showdown get their marching orders

taking the corner at East General Robinson Street next to PNC park
taking the corner at East General Robinson Street next to PNC park

Warming up coffee and hot chocolate by bike power
Warming up coffee and hot chocolate by bike power

Sarah Anne Clarke holding down the fort at the OTB tent during the 2011 Steel City Showdown
Sarah Anne Clarke holding down the fort at the OTB tent during the 2011 Steel City Showdown

A postcard for mom from the 2011 Steel City Showdown
A postcard for mom from the 2011 Steel City Showdown

Some lensbaby composer goodness from the downtown Pittsburgh bike race
Some lensbaby composer goodness from the downtown Pittsburgh bike race

Stephanie Swan on the podium at the 2011 Steel City Showdown
Stephanie Swan on the podium at the 2011 Steel City Showdown

post kids race at the 2011 Steel City Showdown
post kids race at the 2011 Steel City Showdown

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