So here we are when all is said and done. The 2015 World Cup season is already just a memory; the last jump has been hucked, the final pedal stroke taken, and the ultimate victories have been claimed by the two racers to also take Men's and Women's series by storm. Aaron Gwin and Rachel Atherton continued their obliteration of the competition in a race that deservingly formed the jewel in the crown of a wild, wild ride stretching all the way back to April and the holy slopes of Southern France. Six races later, it seems to have passed too fast to take stock of anything we might have learnt, but there's no doubting that these are the golden years. 20 years from now we'll look back and be proud to have witnessed these times with these legendary riders going head to head, carving out the still relatively early history of the sport with their cut-down spikes. So put on your signed Greg Minnaar jersey, crack open the beers and get a second look at the mind-blowing action on the replay. But first there should be time for one last photo epic... About your Pinkbike World Cup Photography TeamDave 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.
Thanks also to Beatrice Baar for some incredible additional imagery!