The serpentine track that is Lenzerheide seems to have come alive. Its loose dust and rock surface is in a constant state of metamorphosis with each run. Get a line nailed down in one run, only to find it has disappeared by the next; blown-out by the hundred riders that came down the track after you. Traction is a fickle mistress here, and few have seemed to tame her. Lenzerheide is quickly becoming a favorite among riders. It's fast, it's rough, and it's chewing riders up and spitting them out.
Loic Bruni was one who had come closest to taming the writhing beast today, qualifying first. He was less than half a second up on Aaron Gwin. Connor Fearon had another solid qualifying performance in third place, followed closely by Josh Bryceland. Emmeline Ragot was fastest for the women, two seconds up on Atherton. Manon Carpenter looks like she has had a change of luck with a third place result today. Laurie Greenland was fastest for the junior men, followed by Alex Marin and Charlie Harrison.
At the time of writing this blog, a brief rain shower has moved in over Lenzerheide. To be honest, it will hardly be enough to keep the serpent from attacking tomorrow.About the PhotographersDave Trumpore • Age: 35 • Years Shooting: 4
Dave spent the bulk of the past 17 years racing professionally before realizing that despite qualifying for the random World Cup final here and there, the next generation was just way too fast and way more talented. Upon hanging up his racing boots in 2010, it would be a few years until Dave picked up a camera and started shooting the odd race here and there as a way to stay in touch with all the friends he had made over the years, and the rest as they say is history. In just a few years time his photos have graced the pages of just about every MTB magazine and major media outlet, while his commercial client list includes a who's who of the cycling industry, and he is lucky enough to shoot regularly with some of the best riders on the planet. Currently at Pinkbike, Dave shoots the Downhill WC and the Enduro World Series as well as contributing to the occasional editorial story.
Matthew Delorme • Age: 40 • Years Shooting: 8
Matthew DeLorme is just one of Pinkbike’s motley crew of World Cup Photographers. He currently lives out of a Ogio bag, and calls the road his home. Delorme works for Trek Bicycle, covering their MTB racing programs. He can usually be found laying in the dirt trackside, cracking jokes and saying things that make little to no sense. He enjoys capturing accessory moments and the journey every bit as much as catching the action shot.
Nathan Hughes • Age: 28 • Years Shooting: 2
Nathan Hughes was snared as mainstay Pinbike media crew for the 2013 World Cup season and has been trapped behind the lens and the keyboard ever since. In between the biggest bike events of the year Nathan can be found on client shoots, making far-off travel stories and trying to catch a moment to spin the pedals himself. A great appreciation of the wilderness, the fear of a normal life and the quest for the perfect picture will have him hooked and looking to raise the bar for years to come.