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Best Way to Write a Race Report(5 posts)

Best Way to Write a Race Reportlexington476
Dec 17, 2003 9:14 AM
Seeing all the race reports posted on this message board, what are some key items that make a race report enjoyable for people to read?
Podium Girls, of course... haha (nm)funknuggets
Dec 17, 2003 10:16 AM
Pics...Pics...and more Pics....biknben
Dec 17, 2003 10:38 AM
I always try to acompany some text or description along with the photos. If possible I'll try to tie them together and turn it into a story of my ride. Show the pictures in order as they were taken so people can feel as if they are along for the ride while reading.

The ones that I find most enjoyable are those which show people riding in their environment. Few of us are photographers (I'm certainly not) and don't do the scenic shots justice. I try to stick to the people I'm riding with, the bikes and gear we use, and the roads we ride on. If someone is riding a unique bike or piece of equipment, I'll add that just for conversation.

Creative cropping is a plus. Crop the pics so that you only show what is important. If you show a picture of your bike in the garage, crop out the clutter on the sides and just show the bike. That will allow you to maintain good resolution and keep the file size to a minimum.

I use an image resizer to reduce the width if neccessary. I typically go no bigger than 600 pixels across. If you go bigger, people will have to scrol across to see the pics and read the text. That's really annoying, IMO.

Lastly, keep the reports coming. I enjoy them and would love to
i see
more of what we are all writing about.
You did say "race" report?The Human G-Nome
Dec 17, 2003 10:52 AM
... not "ride" report. There's not to many race reports posted in the general forum. A good one though has lots of detail and personal information. Give me your teammates first name, the nickname for the horrible climb that ends the race, the disposition of the racers around you, the sound of the humming pack, the guy who knocked you off your line in the first corner, the nervous feeling you had in the pit of your stomach 10 minutes before the start, the point in the race where you knew you couldn't pedal another stroke, but persevered anyway, the expression on your significant other's face when you greeted them after finishing on the podium. The less generic, the better.

For ride reports, although scenic pictures are nice, they are MUCH better when you have at least half of the pics portraying actual cyclists and not just the highway.
Read one from LoneFrontRanger. (nm)TFerguson
Dec 18, 2003 7:17 AM