Kalan Beisel drills it down in Pueblo for the first race of the Rocky Mountain Endurance series. Don't let the drap background fool you, this place really turns on at sunset, and the singletrack is plentiful and fun.
The famous White Squirrel likes REEB's! Did a fun whirlwind trip with some of the Oskar Blues boys to do location photography for their new brewery and restaurant that they will be opening in Brevard, North Carolina. If you don't know, Brevard is in the heart of the Pisgah Forest and within riding distance of hundreds of miles of great singletrack. And of course, the new brewery is located less than one block from a trailhead. Dale wouldn't have it any other way.
Did a day trip up to Fort Collins to visit with the folks at BlackSheep Cycles for an editorial piece. These guys create some of the most stunning titanium frames you'll ever see, and they have numerous awards on their walls to back up this statement if you don't want to take my word for it. They also love riding bikes too, which is pretty cool.
This has been one of the worst ski seasons Colorado has had in many years. So bad, that I decided it was time to switch gears and get back into the mtn biking swing of things to take advantage of the splendid warm weather we have had lately. The riding has been great down low, and there's even a good bit of dry trails in the mountains to enjoy too.
This trail is part of a loop that I do from the front door of my office/studio in north Boulder, and I've been riding it since I moved here 14 years ago! I've had a lot of good times out here, and its always been a faithful and reliable staple for my two wheeled addiction.
I had four black and white prints accepted into the National Bike Art Show at the Dairy Center For The Arts. Six jurors judged all of the works, and my Broken and Muddy Bike print won a 1st place award! Artists from 32 states were featured, and one of my photos took first place, how frigging SWEET!!!
I took my first ever trip down to Austin, TX to shoot the Mellow Johnny's Classic for the Mountain Flyer Magazine. Organizers held a meet and greet with the top pro's at the Mellow Johnny's Bike Shop the night before the race, and were so generous as to provide nice cold Lonestar beer for free. The Q&A session with the pro's was pretty neat too.
Since it was the first Pro XCT race of the year and Olympic qualification points were on the line, both the pro men's and women's races featured all of the fastest mtn bike racers in North America, which made for some great racing.
First canning run of Deviant Dales, "DDs IN YO FACE!".
Up in Vail for their first Teva Winter Mountain Games, which was pretty neat. Vail has really taken to the bike community, and the Teva Winter Games did not disappoint with three different bike centric events. To cap of a day of cross country and dual slalom racing on the snow, they had a big air comp sending the young huckers over a 60 foot gap jump.
The big surprise was the addition of a flame thrower. During the contest they were shooting off giant balls of fire to add entertainment value and debatable warmth to for the riders. It's kind of funny to think I was initially worried about being under-gunned with flash power, but in the end I didn't use any flash at all since the fireball put out so much light.
Brady Kappius giving a demonstration for his carbon frame repair business Broken Carbon. It was part of a story I did about Brady and his father Russ, who is making some of the sweetest hub you could ever build a wheel up with. The father and son duo live a life of bikes, and that's pretty darn cool.
The weather has been quite nice and unseasonably warm in Boulder this year, so I've been getting out on the mountain bike to build a little winter fitness. I also decided it was time to start riding with camera gear again after taking a break over the holidays. The heavy pack is a stern reminder that the holiday season (read riding with a light pack) is over.
Time to get back to work to make 2012 an even bigger and better year for Eddie Clark Media.