This has been my first year on the world mountain bike, race circuit photographing full time. It has been a dream and aim of mine for the past 5 years and it was everything I thought it would be and more, both in terms of what I did, who I met, and how much work is involved...
All in all I've had one hell of a season, here's a short recap of it via a few of my fav shots from it... Enjoy
.For me the season kicked off way back at the very start of April with the first of the BDS nationals here in the UK... these have had a total face lift this season , new organising, new name, bigger riders, more going on, really is gearing up to be one of the top 3 series in the world in the near future...
Anyway just one from that race of the winner Gee Atherton, he put about 7 seconds into 2nd place in seeding and it was clear from then on he was going to have a good season, now with only the WC finals to go, and he's leading...
Next for me was shooting a few non bike related things such as weddings, but race wise, a little known race out in Bulgaria that held UCI points. Now at the start of the season that's a big thing for all the UK pinners looking to get on the the world cups, 1 photo to sum that race up...this loose pinner ALMOST losing it, but he stayed on I swear.
From there I went straight up to the 2nd BDS round up and Ft. Bill...A great weekend of camping, pissing about with mates, massive 13 hour van hauls up and down the whole length of the UK and SUN! A rare thing up there... This is a shot of UK pinner, one of the guys always whipping and scrubbing for the cameras...
From there my WC season kicked off with a great yet soaking wet and mud fest in Maribor, Slovenia...Now so SO many good shots from this weekend picking one is hard, go back and look on Descent-world.co.uk for more from all the WCs...A bit of a strange one, but one I feel sums up the week well. Graves looking back as he lost his first 4x race in what seemed like a while, he's always the one you almost know is going to win, and when he doesn't, it's a bit of a shock.
Then there was a few weeks off, a few smaller shoots for people, and then another 2-3 week trip round Scotland stopping off at Inner for the IXS cup first...
A great track, slick race, and good crack..
From there we then trucked on up through Scotland to the World cup in Ft. Bill, a bit of a pilgrimage for any UK bike tog, great to be back there again...
Shot of Peaty in the woods
Then another week to chill out and shoot some other bits and bobs back in Devon before heading out to Austria for WC 3 in Leogang...
Then straight back to the UK for the 3rd round of the BDS series at Llangothlen in wales, another amazing race, steep as shit track, dusty, amazing weather all week, and Bren dog killed it and took the win from gee...good racing!
Then it was a week or so off, bit of wedding and commercial work for a few big companies back in the UK before heading off to cover NASS festival for WideOpenmagco.uk A bit of a messy weekend with my mates, and the camera just came along for the ride. Saw some amazing bmxing though, frontflip tailwhip over a 40 foot transfer...yeh no worries!
From there it was home for another few days before taking the long drive up north again in to Bonnie Scotland. This time though for the national champs at AE Forest. A pissing wet weekend spent in a tent and hating life, although all that said and done, I came away with some great images and it was one hell of a race.
Then home for another few days, just long enough to remember how good my bed, a shower and good food are before I left for another 3 weeks on the road round Europe for the penultimate 2 world cups in Champery in Switzerland and Val Di Sole in Italy.
2 amazing races, you have all seen the videos, the photos, etc you know how it went down... can't wait to get back there! Champery
Cam Cole in one of the MANY berms on the mud bath of a track
Brendog in the bottom open section in the mud
Val Di Sole
Winner Gee getting attacked by the media
And that takes us right up to the present really...
The season isn’t over till the very end of September, so I have a few more BDS rounds to shoot, bits and bobs, but it's been a busy summer, and one I have had a ball doing... More of the same next year?
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