Cyclists acting goofy: Portraits by Jorg Badura for Gran Fondo

Calling all NYC cyclists! May 20 is the second-annual Gran Fondo New York, which “brings Italian cycling culture to the world’s greatest city.” Open to everyone, the event is your chance to pedal your way through one of two thigh-testing rides: the Gran Fondo, which covers 100 miles and four timed climbs, and the more mellow Media Fondo, which is a mere 65 miles.

To promote the event, the organizers enlisted Jorg Badura to shoot photos of the Gran Fondo-sponsored team. (They contacted him after seeing the photo he shot for the recent The New York Times Magazine feature on barefoot running, as some of the cyclists are also barefoot runners). They wanted images that emphasized the race is open to riders of all levels of fitness, so the photos needed to be relatable and, of course, fun. Mission accomplished.

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Photo by Jorg Badura for Gran Fondo New York.

Photo by Jorg Badura for Gran Fondo New York.

Photo by Jorg Badura for Gran Fondo.

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“The cyclists on the team are all a little quirky,” laughs Jorg. “They were super concerned about their coolness level—like at first they didn’t want to wear their hat with the brim flipped up. It’s just not how they wear them in real life, which I understand—but it was necessary so that their faces would be visible.”

Another challenge was working with nonmodels. When it came to being photographed, the cyclists were willing of spirit but shy of camera. Jorg had to bring out the silly in them. The shoot was on a rooftop here in Manhattan, on a stunning and unseasonably mild January day, and he envisioned them isolated against the sky. Which meant they had to jump, and there was no trampoline. “We had a lot of fun,” says Jorg. “I kind of goofed around with them, and the goofing brought something out that felt really authentic and real.”

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Photo by Jorg Badura for Gran Fondo New York.

Photo by Jorg Badura for Gran Fondo New York.

Photo by Jorg Badura for Gran Fondo New York.

Photo by Jorg Badura for Gran Fondo New York.

Above and below: Jorg Badura on location.

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