2009 Fort William World Cup pics by Ian MacLennan. Second Album.
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2009 Fort William World Cup pics by Ian MacLennan. Second Album.

128 Comments

  • + 16
 sooo crisp. POD
  • + 44
 sweet brakes
  • + 51
 that photo is INTENSE
  • + 11
 wow.
  • + 9
 Great shot....
  • + 7
 such a sweet clean crisp shot.
  • + 42
 Average really , no action , no scenery , no roost no idea why it's POD
  • - 1
 Good composition. nice shot in general.
  • + 14
 Is it just my comp. or isn't the pic way too big for my screen?
coo shot btw
  • + 16
 Its a good shot, but deff nothing we have'nt seen 100 times before
  • + 6
 I agree RapidRob, pretty generic. Seen this kind of photo so many times before. It's a nice shot though. Pin sharp.
  • + 6
 agreed whats so special about this
  • + 7
 why pod its not very exciting tbh
  • + 3
 so YOUR telling me if i dress up in ALL bike gear n ride down my street n take a pic, I can get POD? :o
  • + 0
 and you have to lean at the right angle... and you don't even have to go fast
  • + 0
 nocco, ive got the same problem lol
  • + 7
 f*cking corprate-ass bullshit chainreactioncycles motherf*ckers...


Wait what? You have a sale EVERY DAY? Wow, I take that back! What, free postage too!? f*ck the local bike shop! Big Grin
  • - 2
 are those formula brakes, i cant tell
  • + 10
 Sure its a pretty picture, BUT... I dont see why it has POD - Its just a full frame shot with a small aperture taken with a good camera/lens for pin sharpness and deep blacks. No artistic element whatsoever IMO.

Dont get me wrong, I like Ian's shots because they show detail that you wouldnt pick up normally through your own eyes, but I'd like to see some creativity in a shot when it's been selected out of a few thousand uploaded per day.
  • - 2
 I love like how people only coments thing such as '' INTENSE PIC'' or simply ''nice''on everyday's pod.If you have nothing better and contructive to say keep your keyboard shut.Or at least make a complete damn sentence.!
  • + 6
 Why so sirious? (c)
  • - 6
flag majeau (Feb 5, 2010 at 4:48) (Below Threshold)
 why so stupid?
  • + 6
 i guess because he comes from russia and therefore he speaks russian, i bet you couldnt even type a word in russian without the use of a translator, and i completely agree with bunkey
  • - 9
flag majeau (Feb 6, 2010 at 13:37) (Below Threshold)
 english is the international language,dont tell me he doesnt know english im gonna laugh.lol
  • + 4
 think that over boy :\
  • + 3
 majeau, I think you'll find that french is actually the official international language, its just more western/developed world contries know some english as a 1st or 2nd language.
  • + 6
 majeau should just stop talking, if poinzer0 cant speak/type full proper english its not his fault, he has to learn it as a second language and english is one of the hardest languages to learn.
  • + 4
 ^well said
  • + 1
 cavaties english is not the hardest language. try German, Japanese, or Chinese, i know english is my second language. learned to speak perfect in 3 months of being here...
  • - 2
 LOL @ your reply.English is so easy to learn,just watch english movies and read some books,in 2 months your gonna be able to write briliants comments on PODs.And bunkey,french is my first language and you are wrong,english IS the intern. language,please,stop argying.Just go to shcool a litle more often.thank you Smile
  • + 3
 words cannot describe your stupidity
  • - 3
 thank you sire,you either.
  • + 1
 don't diss my comments plz, unless they're offensive, and english is not the intern lang
  • - 1
 was not replying your comment bart-me-up.
  • + 3
 neither was i son.
  • + 1
 it's not a problem for me to write a goddamned essay discribing that photo...but there's no point in it.
  • + 6
 That's more a publicity shot than a true action/art shot.

So, there's a front page article on Chain Reaction 'Custom Builds', and the next day, POD is a Chain Reaction Cycles catalogue shot...

CRC spending a few bucks on advertising at PinkBike this week then? Wink
  • + 13
 Regardless of the reasons for it being chosen (we do not pick which shots are POD and incidentally feel that there are stronger shots in the album), it was not taken and nor was it loaded into the album as a 'catalogue shot'. We had circa 10k of shots taken that weekend last year and recently found some time to run through and pick out some others to load up that we either liked the look of or who are good friends. Why this one? Because I liked the striking colours, that it was sharp and shows the aggression showing through. Simple as that. Believe that or not, it's your prerogative, but it doesn't change the simple truth that it cost us money to head to Fort William that weekend to provide the coverage for Pinkbike, maybe not something people realise or appreciate.
  • + 2
 I'm not putting down the photo at all, or the photographer, or their motives. It's a fine shot, well executed, and all the rest. It just doesn't sit very sympathetically with the previous POD's. 'Catalogue shot' is not a critiscism in any way. It'd (presumably) be a lot easier to take a quick B&W shot of a hooded BMXer sitting atop a quarter pipe, and call it 'art'.

Like you said, you don't choose the POD, and the only question i'd raise is why this picture is POD today, when it stands out like a sore thumb against other PODs.
  • + 2
 I think you answered your own question "when it stands out like a sore thumb against other PODs."
  • + 6
 his eyes are insane, he looks so focussed
  • + 2
 k guys we all no that this isnt a good pod and i dont care if you neg prop me but look at this pic and think is this pod. it takes no skill what so ever to go around a corner on a bike i am just saying this is not pod!! let the neg props rain on.
  • + 3
 Such a stupid pod anyone can ride around a corner with a bike and italso takes amazing photography skills to take something like this too, let the neg props rain on
  • + 1
 Well this was a waste of a POD slot.

If you click on the link "See more great PODs" you see action and epic shots filled with skill from riders and photographers alike. And then you look at this and it's Team CRC coming around a corner...HOW AMAZING!!!
  • + 4
 Sponsors dream photo anyone?
  • + 1
 I don't have a rig like that but looks like he is riding one well oiled machine! Sponsors-who cares? Good pod or bad? Whatever! What the f-do you think he is looking at? lol
  • + 4
 Another absolutely stunning shot !! How do you get them so sharp !!!!
  • + 1
 Yes, me! I do think it is an excellent picture but I have seen many better/more POD worthy pics' than this on PB, just my opinion though.
  • + 3
 This is a noobie question but what brakes is he running?
  • + 2
 They are Hope Tech V2's. The CRC team had a courtesy tour at the Hope factory and these were made for all of the team bikes. They had the mini's, X2's etc all finished in anodized blue.
  • + 3
 So crisp. Kovarik's a gun.
  • + 1
 cool breaks. clear shot. not to like impressive tho. but hey, idk u and ur probly really fuckin good. lol. so i shouldnt talk shit.
  • + 4
 Brakes?1
  • + 23
 somethin from hope. Tech M2 maybe? just guessing, dont hate me you pinkbike kids.
  • + 3
 They're Hope Tech V2's as per the rest of the CRC team..
  • + 5
 Custom colour tho only for them ?
  • + 5
 Yeah, standard is Silver/Black (as per the review I did of them towards the end of last year), CRC are blue, Hope direct riders are green and then Empire Bikes get custom Red/Black.
  • + 6
 So the norm cant get them ?:L
  • + 5
 not true? my bikeshop carries colored hope brakes?
  • + 10
 Nope, shops do not. You can only get these if ex team riders are selling. Like i did.
  • + 4
 I NEEED THEM BRAKES!!!!
they'd look sick on my glory Big Grin
  • + 1
 Such a clear shot, POD!
  • + 1
 in my opinion i do not believe this deserves POD, it is good quality picture but nothing is really going on in it that is crazy or creative,not like what a POD should be.
  • + 2
 yeh true but at the end of the day, this is a great pic
  • + 1
 sick! the only things that could make this pic better is if he was looking at the camera.
  • + 2
 nice pic man! congrats! Kovarick is sick!!! hehehe
  • + 1
 Kovarick looking foward...concentraded for a good results. This 951 the most sexy bike ever.
  • + 1
 nice crisp photo blah blah but wat a &^$% boring POD! its like a crc add or something.
  • + 2
 Greatt shot mate (Y)
Plus i have that helmet! =D
Definately POD
  • + 2
 im liking his brake levers....
  • + 2
 does anyone else wonder why this is pod..
  • + 1
 absolutely great picture, the colours and quality are amazing !!! definately POD worthy !!
  • + 1
 Take these pics for what they are and try to get something positive out of it...we all love to critique
  • + 2
 Free publicity, right there...
Great pic though =)
  • + 2
 Not only is is POD quality, its also magazine cover quality
  • + 2
 amazing définition i like that
  • + 2
 those forks are worth 3 times as much as my whole bike.
  • + 0
 probably haha but those forks are insanely expensive. I think they go for about 2600? but lots of people dont like inverts
  • + 1
 2400 Euro so 3400 CAD
  • + 1
 the gogles and brackes are something like
  • + 1
 beautiful machine i have one
  • + 1
 Does anyone remember how Chris Kovarik faired last year at Fort William?
  • + 1
 i feel like i could touch him its so crisp
  • + 1
 yea sure its sweet. but nothing totally badass. bummer
  • + 0
 nice photo but i dont see how its pod any one could get a shot like this wid a good camera
  • + 1
 such a prime picture, Love it Smile
  • + 0
 I swear, if I took the motor out of a KX450F.....BAM! I'd have a downhill bike!
  • + 1
 cant beat the one with gee like this though
  • + 0
 hmmm , good photo shot, but would prefer it if it was . . . . . more actionyy
  • + 1
 advertising for crc maybe? Razz
  • + 2
 thats a nuts pic Big Grin
  • + 2
 chainreactioncycles!!!
  • + 1
 unreal shot, my favourite rider Smile
  • + 1
 Gosh darn those brakes look sexxxxxxxy! O-N pice photo, yada yada yada!
  • + 1
 high resolution much... nice pic man
  • + 1
 I bet 100 $ that this guy is sponsed by chain-reaction-cycles!
  • + 1
 sic pic
  • + 1
 are those hope brakes?
  • + 1
 not good enough for pod
  • + 1
 that's great photo
  • + 1
 i want that jersy! Smile
  • + 1
 me too..
  • + 1
 Extreme sharpness. POD!
  • + 1
 951 is so sick! Nice POD
  • + 0
 why the hell is this POD?
  • + 1
 lush
  • + 0
 his rig is off the fuckin wall! Thats soo sick
  • + 1
 Lush pod
  • + 1
 Sweet!
  • + 1
 nice pic man
  • + 1
 nice
  • + 0
 awesome, chris is one of my favorit riders !
  • + 1
 POD Drool
  • + 1
 nice goggles Smile
  • - 1
 one of the best POD
  • + 1
 if i could give you more than 1 neg prop i would!
  • + 0
 POD !!!!!!
  • + 0
 Meh,
  • - 2
 No you can get them but u gotta pay a fair bit and it helps if y no the people at hope Big Grin
  • + 0
 Who's his sponsor?
  • + 1
 chain reaction cycles i would think, but he may just like that top
  • + 0
 Yehs. *wow*
  • - 1
 POD!
  • - 2
 god damn, i hate those Manitou forks so bad
  • - 1
 Great shot i like
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