FinishLynx 'Close Ones'
Most of the time we provide photofinish in order to correctly identify all the finishers, so it's especially rewarding when a sprint is really close.
Unfortunately the one on the left was made almost impossible to judge due to an over-keen flag-waving official! You can just about see the front wheel of number 43 through the flag. I've put two cursor lines on the image and the one on the front wheels is a bit inconclusive. I took another line from the tips of the brake levers, and 43 appears to have just edged it.
Bob and the Chief Judge took it from the front of the stem and came to the same conclusion. Looks like a good call to me.
The one on the right was given as a dead heat. I thought I could split it until I opened the image in Paint and looked at the enlarged image on the grid. Far too close to call - dead heat seems about right.
The first 'proper' action pic from 2006 (above left), and it's a close-run thing.
It's Bob's FinishLynx image from the second stage of the Mersey Roads Bikeline 2 Day in north Wales. It's nice to get a really close finish - it makes all the travel seem worthwhile somehow.
Above right is a keirin sprint at Halesowen which was just won by rider number 41 by two pixels. At least that's how I hope Bob called it.
This is a great tight finish taken by Andrew during the National Masters Track Championships at Welwyn during 2006.
The cursor line on this image was put on afterwards and although it doesn't appear to be, it was, in fact a dead heat.
It's nice not to get involved with the photofinish when I am doing the timing so I left it to Andrew, the Chief Judge and both riders to fight it out.
Everybody agreed with the verdict and the heat was re-run.
Bob was convinced that this finish to a Keirin race at Newcastle track was a dead heat. We both took a long look at it and came to the same conclusion.
Chief Commissaire Martin Bridgewood heard the discussion and wandered over to check for himself with the comment "This is photofinish - it can't be a dead he......B****y Hell it is!".
The full photofinish image is shown on the left, whilst a blow-up of the front wheels can be seen on the right.
Almost a dead heat, but not quite!
From the youth series races at Newcastle under Lyme in 2008, the rider in the centre (number 31) just gets home by a row of pixels from the nearside rider (number 34).
Andrew took a few close ones at this meeting but this is about the best.
A nice close finish to this tandem race at Newcastle-under-Lyme.
Bob came out of 'retirement' for the occasion and was soon back to his normal brilliant self.
It is always nice to get pictures from Bill in Scotland.
This is the finish of the Scottish Youth A championship, and it's a pretty close one. It makes it all seem worthwhile somehow.