Buffalo Crit Series / by Rugile Kaladyte

On Thursday, May 8, 2014, I accompanied my friends Ian Gielar and Connor Reardon to the Buffalo Crit Series at Larkin Square in Buffalo, N.Y. I started racing my freshmen year for the RIT Cycling Club in the Eastern Collegiate Cycling Conference (ECCC) and even qualified for Nationals last year and was listed as "a serious dark horse threat." Making school work and photojournalism my priority, I didn't race this season. However, looking to reconnect with some friends and be immersed in bike culture once again, I jumped at the opportunity to photograph this race. I really enjoyed hanging out with Ian and Connor and we shared memories from past seasons. I even had the chance to teach Ian a little about audio recording with my zoom recorder and shotgun microphone.

Ian Gielar's shoes sit outside Connor's car as he changes clothes.

Ian Gielar's shoes sit outside Connor's car as he changes clothes.

Gielar (left) and Reardon (right) make final adjustments to their bicycles before their Cat 4/5 Race. Their race is 40 minutes long.

Gielar (left) and Reardon (right) make final adjustments to their bicycles before their Cat 4/5 Race. Their race is 40 minutes long.

Reardon and Gielar cheer on friend Corey Knowles during the Cat 1/2/3 Race. Gielar records ambient audio with a shotgun microphone. Knowles' race is 65 minutes long.

Reardon and Gielar cheer on friend Corey Knowles during the Cat 1/2/3 Race. Gielar records ambient audio with a shotgun microphone. Knowles' race is 65 minutes long.

The Cat 1/2/3 field approaches the finish line with only one lap left in the race.

The Cat 1/2/3 field approaches the finish line with only one lap left in the race.

"Miserable. It's just hard to communicate at those speeds. I kind of batched that up unfortunately," said Knowles after his race.

"Miserable. It's just hard to communicate at those speeds. I kind of batched that up unfortunately," said Knowles after his race.