Having Fun with the Trail Blaze Crew

Apr 19, 2016 at 11:08
Apr 19, 2016
by Eric Palmer  
 
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Trail Blaze Crew
Get away from the serious side of MTB & come have a laugh with the Trail Blaze Crew!

A few of the boys in CT decided that MTB is getting taken way too seriously these days, with everyone worried about the latest trend and looking sexy in their new kits. So Trail Blaze was born. After lots of discussion and banter, the boys; Duran van Eeden, Roman Kumpers, Theo Erlangsen, Justin Novella, Thomas Sandell and I decided that the awesome trails on Helderberg would be our first stop to blaze on their trail bikes!

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Trail Blaze HQ, Duran's hut is on the mountain, so was a perfect meeting spot. Almost too perfect, so much so we made the meeting time 8am and only made it to the trails at 11 haha.


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Getting the toys ready. Justin unknowingly practicing a surprise trick for later in the day, such a surprise, he didn't even know it was coming.


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After lots of bike fixing, waiting for stragglers and procrastination, we eventually got to the top. Chilling with the best view and the best guys... doesn't get much better!


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Duran is chief builder at Helderberg and transformed into chief Rasta to blaze the trails extra hard! Being careful not to get stoned in the rock garden!


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Dust, trains, roost and laughs... The recipe for awesomeness.


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"Bringing the fun back into MTB in the super serious times of Enduro, lightweight, wheel size, matching kit, with the biggest shredders!" - Justin


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Doobran smoking a corner!


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At the end of summer the trails turn to talcum powder! Roman getting stuck in and finding landmines with his metal detector.


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Theo getting a bit loose testing the limits of his Capra... look at that fork!


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Hitting it harder than a Colombian drug lord!


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Getting lost in a cloud, the dust was hanging in the air and trains were a visual challenge. The boys eyes were getting more and more red and closed as the day went on.


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Coming in hot!


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Sometimes you just need to throw stunts mid corner! Justin's pump tuck practice coming in handy.


Corner tuck 2 Eric Palmer 2016

Overcooked.


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Corners were taking hits left right and center. These boys don't play games.


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"I don't even remember doing a photoshoot? I do know that I'm motherloving hungry now though!" - Doobran


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Big and high or small and low... the Trail Blaze Crew hits anything you put in front of them.


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All about the good times.


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Theo rolling faster than a Jamaican rolls a joint...


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Psycadelic sunset stepdown whip.


We had so much fun on the first day, we organised another one. The wind was too hectic to hit the jumps Duran made for us on day one, so we had some unfinished business to get to. The weather man said that the wind would pick up as the day went on, so we got to it right away. Once again off to a slow start, but as the boys loosened up we picked up momentum and they were smashing it again in no time.

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Mountain biking takes you to some special places and with this view, you can't go wrong!


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Not your usual trail bike terrain, but someone forgot to tell Duran.


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The flying Iya man.


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Justin smashing out a beaut of a one-foot table for all the babes in Cape Town.


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Flat much?


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The boys absorbing some of Thomas' bangers on the way back up.


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Cape Town is terrible for riding bikes and this shot reminds me why I hate it so much... Haha.


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Lunch break and bike maintenance, Theo is amazing on his bike, but you might want to ask someone else to turn your tyre around haha.


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This is a good eye test... Most people see four berms... the boys see three and a huck.


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Banter back up.


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Trail Blazin'


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This time the rain had settled some dust, so the trains were tight.


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Laying it over out of the shark fin. This section of the trail is like the most fun rollercoaster. Berm City.


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"Everyone came together for the most fun, chilled shoot, however bangers were captured." - Roman


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Justin getting some extra height out of the shark fin just before throwing his back wheel over my head.


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No shortage of shapes being thrown around!


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As the sun started to set, the wind dropped almost completely. Back to the jumps for the last light. Justin loves synchronized shots and I always get scared, because we often do them in the best light and they can take a while to get the spacing dialed in and I don't want to waste light. With the boys it's never a problem and after doing three in the last few years with him, we have a clean second go success rate and this was no different.


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The warm up session on the jumps earlier got them so comfy that tricks started making their way in more seriously, that and the sky was outdoing itself, going from cold pastels to the warmest craziest colours. Mother nature knows how to show off in Cape Town.


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Sunset Suicide!


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Low light, flash and epic skies... I was in my happy place and the boys were too, smashing run after run.


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Flash misfires are a blessing every now and then.


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Couldn't get enough of that sky! The clouds reflected so much light the session went on 15min longer than it should have. We were treated to not only blazing trails, but the sky was ablaze for us too.


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"Just a couple friends getting together to roost turns and send hucks for the love of riding bikes, with the best photographer and videographer to document the radness." - Justin


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Having too much fun! Not being able to see in the dark wasn't gonna stop us.


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Whips in front of a sky on fire is the only way our first installment of trail blaze could have ended.


Justin smashing a 1 foot tabes over the boys Eric Palmer 2016

One last shot with all the boys before it was pitch black and Justin cracking a massive one-foot table over the crew!


A bunch of lunatics, riding the right stuff on the wrong bikes is the best time you could have. Thanks to the boys for shredding and thanks to cSixx for their support and helping with shuttling, parts and sending their driver/mechanic, Alex (Gini please!) to help our silly ideas come to life. To Duran for making such epic trails and jumps for us to play on. Hope you enjoyed and stay tuned, there is more where this came from!

A cold one to end off an awesome day Eric Palmer 2016

Cheers!



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16 Comments

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 Eric Palmer is one of the most underrated action photographers in SA Today. Although none of them really get the respect they deserve, having watched Mr Palmers work for many years now, especially his creativity with wireless flash, i still believe the best is yet to come for him. Exhibit A...
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 Thats the new centre of the world for fun and challenging trails with steepness in the Western Cape. Give us a chairlift now please!
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 Yet another photo epic, but this takes it to another level! Sweet sweet shots Eric. Awesome riding, fellas
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 Rad video and EPIC pics...STEILTE, South Africa's "Alpine" bike park!!!
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 stunning sunset snaps Eric!
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 Epic photos!
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 POD's for the next month. Brilliant!
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 Just WOW! Amazing photos and skills!
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 Honestly some of the best shots I've seen in a while... awesome stuff guys
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 What is the song called and who is the artist?
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 Herb fi bun - Daddy Rings
  • + 2
 this is insane
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 Epic work boys!
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 super awesome!!
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 Jah Bless!!!
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 ablazing

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