Social Distancing: A Pinkbike Photo Epic for the Times

Mar 31, 2020
by Nathan Hughes  



'Roll with the times' they said. Well, it seems there's never been a finer moment to simply stand well back and enjoy the view. Saddle up as Pinkbike photographers, Ross Bell, Andy Vathis, Nathan Hughes, Dave Trumpore and Matt Delorme take you on a Pinkbike version of 'Where's Waldo' at governmentally approved range from the rider. 'Where are those two little wheels dammit'? There they are amongst some of the world's most exquisite mountain biking terrain! The smaller the safer. Without further ado, here's a whole lot of full-screen 'epic' to feast your isolated eyes on.


The first snow if the year came early this past fall in Vermont. With good dirt still just below Evan Booth enjoys some unique mixed conditions.
The first snow of the year came early this past fall in Vermont. With good dirt still just below, Evan Booth enjoys some unique mixed conditions.

Lachlan Blair pulling shapes in the shadow of the UK s tallest peak Ben Nevis.
Lachlan Blair pulling shapes in the shadow of the UK's tallest peak Ben Nevis.

Tibor Simai
Tibor Simai patrolling misty ridgelines, high up in the Austrian back-country.

Evidence from the devastating 2017 fires that ravaged the Kamloops countryside is still visible while the surrounding vegetation slowly gets back on its feet.
Evidence from the devastating 2017 fires that ravaged the Kamloops countryside is still visible while the surrounding vegetation slowly gets back on its feet.

Joey Schusler above Fern Hill on the Missing Link Trail. Queenstown NZ
Joey Schusler above Fern Hill on the Missing Link Trail of Queenstown, NZ.

On top of the world with the moon and stars as guides.
On top of the world with the moon and stars as guides.

Adam Morse casting shadows against a quintessential Vermont background.
Adam Morse casting shadows against a quintessential Vermont background.

Chris Conroy enjoying some typically Scottish conditions in the Torridon valley.
Chris Conroy enjoying some typically Scottish conditions in the Torridon valley.

Sometimes the mountain tops are obsured from view. A tiny Iago Garay weaves his wath through big firs on the Tokul trail system in Washington.
Sometimes the mountain tops are obscured from view. A tiny Iago Garay weaves his way through big firs on the Tokul trail system in Washington.

Jared Graves Parvazo Trail below La Parva Chile.
Jared Graves: Parvazo Trail below La Parva, Chile.

Shawn Neer blasting an exposed ridge in La Thuile Italy. Note Mont Blanc s summit just above the clouds on the left.
Shawn Neer blasting an exposed ridge in La Thuile, Italy. Note Mont Blanc's summit just above the clouds on the left.

Peter Ostroski at one of the farthest points in Vall e Bras-du-Nord a ways north of Quebec city.
Peter Ostroski at one of the farthest points in Vallée Bras-du-Nord, a ways north of Quebec city.

Mark Wallace high above the French countryside in Lourdes back in 2017.
Mark Wallace high above the French countryside in Lourdes back in 2017.

Brett Tippie
Brett Tippie going his own away on a Pinkbike heli-drop a couple of summers ago at Rainbow Mountain.

Codey Kelley above Castle Hill in New Zealand during sunrise. This hill was used to film some epic battle scenes in the Chronicles of Narnia movies.
Codey Kelley above Castle Hill in New Zealand during sunrise. This hill was used to film some epic battle scenes in the Chronicles of Narnia movies.

Szymon Godziek
Szymon Godziek on the hunt for Louis Lane in Mutters, Austria.

Scotty Laughland chases Thomas Vanderham down Heaven s Ridge in the Cotopaxi National Park in Ecuador.
Scotty Laughland chases Thomas Vanderham down "Heaven's Ridge" in the Cotopaxi National Park in Ecuador.

Thomas Vanderham dwarfed by Cotopaxi in Ecuador.
Thomas Vanderham dwarfed by Cotopaxi in Ecuador.

Greg Callaghan tucked away in the mountains surrounding the edge of Dublin Ireland.
Greg Callaghan tucked away in the mountains surrounding the edge of Dublin, Ireland.

Scotty Laughland descends towards Kinlochleven in the Scottish Highlands.
Scotty Laughland descends towards Kinlochleven in the Scottish Highlands.

Richey Schley
Richey Schley showing exactly how 'Schleybles' are supposed to look near his home at Laguna Beach.

Jolanda Neff rides high above Lake Garda on a bike that at the time was a kind of secret. Here it has no cover.
Jolanda Neff rides high above Lake Garda on a bike that at the time was a kind of secret. Here it has no cover.

It s easy to get lost with about 100 miles worth of trails found in Vermont.
It's easy to get lost with about 100 miles worth of trails found in Vermont.

Kate Courtney properly distancing herself from the rest of the field in Albstadt last year.
Kate Courtney properly distancing herself from the rest of the field in Albstadt last year.

An Urban landscape. Gas Works in Seattle gives an abstract impression of rolling mountains.
An urban landscape. Gas Works in Seattle gives an abstract impression of rolling mountains.

Thomas Vanderham pedalling through the peaks above Lenzerheide Switzerland.
Thomas Vanderham pedalling through the peaks above Lenzerheide, Switzerland.

Hilton Poultney
Space station views of rider versus avalanche barrier high above Vallorcine in the French Alps.

Chris Conroy and Euan Wilson enjoying some typically Scottish conditions in the Torridon hills.
Chris Conroy and Euan Wilson enjoying some typically Scottish conditions in the Torridon hills.

Jack Moir during the 2017 Enduro World Series in Rotorua NZ
Jack Moir during the 2017 Enduro World Series in Rotorua, NZ

Katy Winton isn t very big a person here she is further dwarfed by jagged peaks in the Swiss Alps.
Katy Winton isn't very big a person, here she is further dwarfed by jagged peaks in the Swiss Alps.

James Jeannet and Dominick Menard through the trees and ferns deep in Mont Saint Anne QC.
James Jeannet and Dominick Menard through the trees and ferns deep in Mont Saint Anne, QC.

Greg Callaghan tucked away in the mountains surrounding the edge of Dublin Ireland.
Greg Callaghan lurking in the shadows of the Irish countryside.

Bernard Kerr
Bernard Kerr finds a little airtime solace at Redbull Hardline.

Jake Inger grabs the last sliver of light at the top of Burke Moutain in VT home of the Enduro World Series this coming August.
Jake Inger grabs the last sliver of light at the top of Burke Moutain in VT, home of the Enduro World Series this coming August.

Pedro Burns doing his anti grip thing while the jagged peaks of Madeira loom in the back ground.
Pedro Burns doing his anti grip thing while the jagged peaks of Madeira loom in the background.

Amir Kabbani
The micro-silhouette of Amir Kabbani humbled by the mighty Aiguilles of the Chamonix valley.

Matt Thompson on the Continental Divide. Climbing the final ridge near the 13k foot summit of Grizzly Peak near Loveland Pass CO
Matt Thompson on the Continental Divide. Climbing the final ridge near the 13k foot summit of Grizzly Peak near Loveland Pass, CO



61 Comments

  • 84 5
 Hey PB, can we do a community-driven iPhone only photo epic like this? Give us regular joeys a chance to show off our hella mediocre shots!
  • 4 0
 This needs to happen!
  • 4 0
 do a "name this location" survey
  • 6 0
 It'd be sweet if there was a monthly photo challenge for or something along those lines for the PB community and limit it to amateurs/non-professional photographers. Could have monthly categories such as racing, dirt jumps, trail building, crashes, funny, etc.
  • 37 0
 Easiest way to social distance: Trail building...also works when there aren’t global pandemics...
  • 2 0
 Guys c'mon, give me at least six feet..... for the height on that next drop we're building
  • 22 0
 At this time I'm refraining from all backflips, front flips, supermans, tuck no handers, nothings, tabletops, bar spins, can-cans, flares, nac-nacs, tail whips, x-ups, 180's, 360's, 540's, 720's and truckdrivers...........however, this has always been my regular. Be rad, be safe, be diligent.
  • 18 0
 I prefer to call it "physical distancing"... I'm pretty socially distant even when surrounded by hoomans.
  • 9 2
 "It's easy to get lost with about 100 miles worth of trails found in Vermont."

For Christ's sake, Vermont does not equal Kingdom Trails! Kingdom Trails has roughly 100 miles of trails. Vermont probably has thousands of miles.
  • 1 9
flag blowmyfuse (Mar 31, 2020 at 11:43) (Below Threshold)
 "for christ's sake"...you mad?
  • 6 0
 Thanks for the uplifting photos! With the CV-19 shutdown of skiing, and not much riding due to the usual wild swings in weather between winter and spring here in Calgary, I'd even be happy to see myself riding in those "Scottish" conditions right now.
  • 9 0
 Real good content. Real good.
  • 4 0
 So the picture by Delorme (cool looking) of "Gas Works in Seattle"...something is throwing off my depth perception about the pic and it looks like the rider is the wrong size and way too big for whatever he's boosting. What's scrambling my brain....obviously not drugs...
  • 3 1
 Look at it assuming he's jumping from the backside of the knoll just below his wheels (very top of hill), not from anywhere on established path... Looks pretty much to proper scale for me.
  • 2 0
 @davetrumpore: Oh...it's a path? I was looking at it like a 2 lane highway in the Alps. He looked huge in that aspect! Big Grin
  • 1 0
 @blowmyfuse: I've never been... But looks like a footpath in a park or something similar. No alpine passes in Seattle haha ????
  • 8 0
 @davetrumpore: can confirm, it’s a footpath. I don’t want to start any conspiracy theories but I do believe the shot in question was taken from behind the grassy knoll.
  • 7 0
 beautiful pictures in these dark times
  • 1 0
 Second that.
  • 5 0
 Epic photos
  • 4 0
 Needed that!
  • 2 2
 Surely if it was 'Where's Waldo' then there would be a thousand riders in the picture and you'd need to spot the one in a red helmet and Troy Lee pyjamas? If not, then I won, as I saw the rider in every picture very easily.
  • 1 0
 The last photo should’ve been someone from rampage just sitting on their couch, to represent the social distancing part of this article!
  • 3 0
 outstanding pictures. Thanks for sharing
  • 1 0
 One day I will show these pix to my grand children to show them what the world looked like before we were forced indoors for ever........
  • 4 1
 Very noice
  • 3 0
 Beautiful photos! Thx!!
  • 3 0
 Nice work boys
  • 2 0
 Nice to see the CEO of a bike company out riding!
  • 2 0
 Fantastic shots!! Thank you
  • 2 0
 Absolutely awesome. Kudos PB
  • 2 0
 Amazing... such good shots!
  • 2 0
 That Top of the World picture is outstanding. tup
  • 1 0
 Not jealous of TVs life at all... see the world and get rad. Love any Vanderham content!
  • 2 0
 Fantastic! I'll add one here www.pinkbike.com/photo/16369176
  • 1 0
 That last one of grizzly peak - epic!
  • 1 0
 I liked these more than the photo of the year pictures.
  • 1 0
 Can I go ride my bike now?
  • 1 0
 Is there a photo missing now?
  • 2 1
 Ho-hum
  • 1 0
 Wow great shots !
  • 4 7
 Hello we are pinkbike photographers and we contemplate ourselves. we practice auto felation and we are the most beautiful in the world. like our photos on instagram please.
  • 5 2
 @martin-Turner (also goes by KifKat)... This is a questionable thing to write so publicly when you yourself are trying to obtain clients at World Cup races. I'm not sure this is the best tactic as it's a very small world after all.
  • 1 2
 @Martin-Turner: Mediocrity has never been a goal worth pursuing, whether it be photography, riding, or making spaghetti. If you removed the mountain biker, many of these photos would be landscapes worthy of the title 'art'.
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