A dark and damp scene greeted racers today as the gondola fired up, but a thick inversion layer soon burnt off and racers in Group B began to try and tackle the extremely soft and slippery new sections of the course. The natural terrain riders had been dreaming of quickly morphed into more of a nightmare for most, and by the time the big names were out on track the first woods were nothing short of absolute carnage. Mobs of riders built up as they stopped, started, hucked and crashed their way down the axle-deep ruts between the trees. With more storms on the forecast it looks like we may have a repeat situation from last weekend in the highlands, with riders throwing the dice into the depths of a wet and wild forest and hoping for the best.
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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.
Regardless, stoked for the rooty challlenge of an alpine WC!
I think this is stupid, the guy is already faster than some juniors, so I don't understand why his age unables him to race ...