|Greetings from the Critique Club.
Hello Joshua, I’m Alan.
First on your subject, spot on focus, and I like the B&W treatment. Looking at your bicyclist I feel the exhaustion. Truth be told when you reach the upper 5’s with this tough crowd, “your almost there” in the photography world. “Almost” being the key word, your “almost” was in the rest of the story, the why. If the water was just on the face (sweat) I could buy into the background, but in this the helmet and glasses are also wet and I wonder why, the sterile background gives no indication, you have a great subject, but no story.
With the Olympics currently running, and with your great subject, filling in the rest of the story would have pushed you into the 6.5+ range, if not on the front page.
Please feel free to contact me with any questions.