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World’s ’16: Doha Preview Photo Book
The 2016 World Road Cycling Championships tee off in Doha Qatar tomorrow - and PEZ photog Chenthil Mohan was on course today as teams recon'd the route. The intense heat is a big concern, but the riders were all smiles as you'll see in our photo book from the most unusual place to ever host a World Championship.
- Photos and words by Chenthil Mohan -
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All the racing this week winds around the Porto Arabia bay.

 

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The Pearl is the highlight of Qatar real estate. Date palm-lined boulevards offered respite from the wind, wide roundabouts made for light use of brakes, and pristine tarmac offered fast clean line through corners.

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The teams were sent out on the course in staggered starts to help keep traffic pulsing on this main arterial road leading to The Pearl. You recognise the Kazakh blue against the Doha skyline here flowing with regular vehicular traffic who were pretty accommodating of the ​visiting ​riders​.​

 

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OBE out on course. Can they translate their late season high to retrace their path back to the podium in 2016?

 

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The Spanish armada were the biggest contingent outside today who all chose to ride together like one big familia.

 

worlds16st0-08It was recon day for the TV crew too. Qatar is home to a huge expatriate population from all over the world who were seen out supporting their riders.

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The Azzuri doing the Dab as they roll through the finish.

 

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A day for foraging for those Instagram ​shots.

 

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The TTT for the Pro men and women and the Men Elite ITT start right outside the Lusail Moto GP circuit. ​After 15kms of a rectangular circuit around the Lusail complex, the course heads SSE on an 10km stretch of exposed highway where construction for the future Qatar rail network is being laid in preparation for the 2022 FIFA World Cup. A block tailwind from the NNW assists the riders as they move into The Pearl -- a massive artificial upmarket island north of Doha. Riders from all over world staying in different hotels across the city, head out in groups for a course recon.

 

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The closed roads and a chance to get close to the Pros had a to of the local cycling community turn out.

 

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​A rider from India wrapping up his course recce ​o​n another scorcher of a day in Qatar with a stop off at the petrol station for some ice​​. He makes up half of the Indian contingent at ​Worlds, as India lines up for its first Road World Championships in ​the modern history of the sport.

 

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residential block on the Pearl ​inspired by Venitian architecture.

Keep the dial on PEZ for lots more from the desert Pearl - !




chenthil-headshot2016An avid cycling enthusiast himself, Chenthil is a photographer based in Bangalore, India. Amongst many other hats, he runs a photography collective called Sports Anonymous (https://www.instagram.com/sports_anonymous/) covering under represented sports in Asia.

 

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