Stopped mid-Tour Divide by Sol Vista to shoot the Triple DHip. Not only do they put on a great event, but they have the luxury of owning the land which means they can build courses and thrails however they want, which is nice considering their builders are also mtn bikers.
I'd like to think I've got my game pretty dialed for shooting the Tour Divide after covering it for the previous two years. I'm completely self sufficient for this event, and sleep on-course every night. The cooler and green food bin go in the cab at night, and I sleep comfortably and safely in the back. Most mornings I make my breakfast on the tailgate and always have a camera at the ready since a racer may arrive at anytime. Although, the days are incredibly long so sometimes I fall asleep in the drivers seat once I've parked my truck for the night, which is usually really in the early morning.
It's just not possible to properly cover this event and sleep in hotels or campgrounds or even be dealing with tents and campfires. Time is of the essence, so I'm always on the go and adapt my schedule to the racer's schedules.
When trying to get to your next destination, snow drifts are not what you want to encounter at 12:30am. I spent a good 20 minutes trying to see if I could drive through the drift, and finally decided it wasn't worth the risk of getting stuck in BFE Idaho. The real shitter about this was that I was only a mile from the pavement, and had to turn around and spend another 1.5 hours driving to get back on-course for the mornings Tour Divide photos.
Got out shooting with Mike West again on a remote but legal USFS trail in Boulder County that I scouted earlier in the year. I really liked that this 4 hour adventure paid off with a double page spread in issue #22 of the Mountain Flyer Magazine.
Was up in Vail, CO for Teva Games, and Mike Montgomery was going HUGE. Needless to say, he handily won the Slopestyle Comp.
I was very stoked to be asked by VitalMTB.com to test ride/review the then super secret Yeti SB-66, aka Superbike. Two memorable things about this shoot:
1 - I was sick as a dog, and absolutely buried myself to ride this bike with the Yeti crew.
2 - This bike is the real deal, no bull-shittin' it rides better than any full suspension bike I've ever thrown a leg over. It's now at the top of my mtn bike wish list.
One last shot from the Kokopelli Trail. Pedalling around in the desert by yourself after sunset is highly recommended.
Out at Rabbit Velley doing course recon for my coverage of the Desert RATS 100K mtn bike race. It was an awesome sunset!
Mike West showing some classic 'Tomac Attack' style. We didn't get the banger light we were hoping for this evening, but that didn't keep us from having fun and getting some great photos.
Got out to ride and shoot some trail photos with 2010 SuperD US National Champion Mike West whom is now riding for Yeti Bikes. It's always a pleasure to shoot with Mike as he genuinely enjoys riding the same section multiple times to get the perfect shot, which I also got several times. Look for some of the sweet shots from this outing in upcoming publications!