A trail of tear offs leads the way to the gate as Tracy Moseley waits for Floriane Pugin to start. Last rider in the start house, less than a minute to go before the start of her winning run.
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A trail of tear offs leads the way to the gate as Tracy Moseley waits for Floriane Pugin to start. Last rider in the start house, less than a minute to go before the start of her winning run.

140 Comments

  • + 104
 I have this sudden urge to hear "beep, beep, beep, beep, beep, BEEP!"
  • - 14
flag gavin-t (Jul 8, 2011 at 0:07) (Below Threshold)
 SAME here
  • + 8
 I do TOO, also, this is such a sick shot! Smile
  • - 83
flag xxslopestylerider9x (Jul 8, 2011 at 6:00) (Below Threshold)
 someone please fill me in here, I have no clue what this picture means, I'm clueless.
  • + 17
 Those last few seconds before take off?
  • + 15
 xxslopestylerider9x: "A trail of tear offs leads the way to the gate as Tracy Moseley waits for Floriane Pugin to start. Last rider in the start house, less than a minute to go before the start of her winning run."
  • + 24
 This photo tells a story like most shots don't. On Freecaster you only see the riders exiting from the outside, this is an unseen dimension for sure, such a vibe.

One thing puzzling me though. Why the trail of tear offs here? Why are riders leaving their dirty tear offs on right till the last seconds??
  • + 4
 u can kinda see the reflecting shadow thingy from the rider in the door way to the left, which is kinda cool, i guess ha
  • + 17
 thats the most intense thing when racing DH. after they send you off, all the fear goes away.
  • + 2
 that is a sick pic and i was actually looking at this pic a couple days ago thinkin this would be a sick pic
  • + 4
 This photo reminds me why I race. It makes me want to get into the start gate and hammer till I puke or cross the finish line, whichever comes first!
  • + 2
 zorba, im guessing its so that they can get the cleanest possible view at the start of their run. but i dont pretend to be an expert so it is just a guess.
  • - 29
flag patrickrupert (Jul 8, 2011 at 9:16) (Below Threshold)
 Why is this POD...?
  • - 29
flag jbike101 (Jul 8, 2011 at 9:39) (Below Threshold)
 is it just me, or is he like 5 foot with a mini DH bike
  • + 9
 its a she and probably has lowered suspension to fit her
  • + 3
 Love pictures like this, puts me in that riding mood. good shot
  • + 4
 @zorba73 tear offs get a weird film on them which makes your lense look blurry but its just the top tear off so once you pull it off it becomes unblurry. i cant think of a really easy way to describe it
  • - 37
flag jbike101 (Jul 8, 2011 at 11:52) (Below Threshold)
 ok lingus, no need to get defensive...
  • + 15
 that was defensive? wow.
  • + 6
 xxslopestylerider9x must be completely clueless when it comes to racing..
  • + 7
 in his defense, he rides slopestyle
  • + 1
 haha no he doesnt
  • + 10
 didnt know i was being defensive. stating fact. but im not starting internet beef. good day sir
  • + 9
 you just cant appreciate anything but a POD where someone is riding a dirt jump. you've most likely never raced and dont understand what this feels like. any racer know the feeling shes going though. people like you are so tunnel visioned, wake up and see the other disciplines of biking
  • - 23
flag marwal55 (Jul 8, 2011 at 17:27) (Below Threshold)
 this is a bad picture
  • + 6
 Those minutes before a race are so tense its unbelievable. I don't race DH but I ski race competitively and the starts are very similar. The only difference is that you're freezing your ass off haha
  • + 2
 marwal55, if you're gonna tell us its a bad picture, say why or else nobody will take you seriously.
  • + 1
 I love that adrenaline before you drop for a big jump, or at the gait waiting, or hitting a drop. Personally that adrenaline is what keeps me biking, and skiing. I know what it feels like, people who bash this picture obviously don't. But whatever.
  • + 1
 cGonzalez, you are so right, this picture gives all DH racers a feeling of mixed emotions at the start of a race run, some nerves, focus, blocking things out, Personally i think that this is such an awsome picture and i just wish other particular people such as marwal55 cant see as us dh racers do. So congratulations for a PoD Ian, So worth it, Well done Smile
  • + 16
 it´s the best picture from the series. it looks so great and gives some athmosphare!
  • + 40
 "the still before the shred"
  • + 8
 Agreed, I remember seeing this a couple of days ago and thinking what a powerful image it was. Really captures that moment of reflection before a run. I can't imagine the pressure before a World Cup race run though!! Nice work Ian, great capture
  • + 9
 Anyone that has sat in a race gate will understand... thats the best feeling ever. it brings riding to a whole new level
  • - 74
flag randomuser666 (Jul 8, 2011 at 1:48) (Below Threshold)
 this is lame as balls
  • + 33
 Dunno about you but my balls are quite spiffy... Hardly lame.
  • - 84
flag russ-ryan-pwn (Jul 8, 2011 at 2:39) (Below Threshold)
 you made your own picture pod? thats not fair. also the fact that its lame... if it has a story to it why dont you tell everyone so it isnt so weak. hate all you want i dont care.
  • + 77
 I fail to see why people can't appreciate this picture. OK so it's not some massive 30ft flip-whip, nor is it a super-low high speed berm or somesuch, but that's not the point. That's not what makes a good photo. A photo should capture a moment in time, something that is powerful and worthy of retelling. This does exactly that. Perhaps you've never been sat on a start line before a race and can't appreciate the mental preparation and anxiety before setting off for a timed run. Perhaps you're too small-minded to realise a photo doesn't have to be a crazy-ass trick. A photo tells a thousand words, and here I think that saying really rings true.

Lame? Nah.
  • + 2
 cool pod
  • + 3
 russ-ryan-pawn, the whole point of a good image is that it tells the story without the need for words. I fyou're into DH you will know who this is, where she is, and the picture speaks for itself.
  • + 1
 ur right about what makes a good picture, but Russ does have a point, he chose his own picture for pod, abit off i recon
  • + 0
 I'd even go to say this is one of the best POD's I've ever seen. Sick.
  • + 28
 Ian got a fair few PODs before he was chosen to pick them also right?

I was actually saying to myself the other day it sucks for ian a bit because he has so many amazing photos and cant pick them because people would be shitting on about it like russ-ryan-douchebag
  • + 5
 +1 to that
  • + 2
 @yeager:

I would definitely call it an awesome feeling, but not at that moment! It's one of those strange moments where while you're actually there you're such a wreck of emotions, trying to keep it all together and wondering why on earth you're there, then later on when you're day dreaming you just can't think of anywhere else you'd rather be.
  • + 3
 I'm a real fan of action shots to be honest.... But yes, this is a great photo and it would go as a double spread in a magazine, it tells a wonderful story.
  • - 59
flag nathanlawrence (Jul 8, 2011 at 8:32) (Below Threshold)
 fuckin gay pic,,, nice one hyland, to make it worse its your own pic!
  • + 74
 Thanks Nathan, I'm stoked that you like it so much! Gay typically means "bright and festive" or "merry and lively" and personally I find it very quiet and introspective, but that's the nice thing about Pinkbike, you can express your opinion even if it's different from everyone else's. It's fans like you that inspire me to keep shooting amazing photos like this one!
  • + 19
 If I were gay, I'd totally go down on Ian.
  • - 4
flag necronutz (Jul 8, 2011 at 12:07) (Below Threshold)
 ever since IanHylands was put in charge of picking the pods ive seen so much ass kissing, before i would see so many "why is this pod" now everyone kisses ass cus if they complain they are scared of getting neg prop, and im not talking about this picture specifically
  • + 5
 necro, I'm not quite sure what you're trying to get at. Maybe think about the point you're trying to make before you just string words together.

Dig the atmosphere in this, not something we're used to in SA, but I can imagine the tension/anticipation just by looking at this.
  • + 2
 Up until this day I thought mount sainte anne was in France. MIND BLOWN.
  • + 2
 We've just got more Canada than we know what to do with.
  • + 3
 "we've just got more canada then we know what to do with". what a great quote. hilarious and quite right really.

ian i like this photo a lot. it certainly does give a sense of anticipation and calm before the storm. i wonder how the same content might present from different points of view- like, from a worms eye view just behind her foot, or from standing on top of one of those gondola's, or even from outside looking in on moseley as the other rider leaves the gate in a blur. who knows, it probably be "f*cking gay" as well. what a stupid critique.
nice shot ian.
  • + 4
 Thanks, I have a bunch of other shots from here, but I really tried to be invisible while I was shooting. Quiet, and very discrete. This is almost a sacred moment, riders are in their own space, I know a lot of them, but I don't make I contact, I don't approach, and I don't do anything to distract them from their thoughts of the race ahead. So while getting close or climbing on gondola cars might create a really unique image, it would probably create more of a distraction than needed at this time... Thanks!!!
  • + 2
 good insight ian. i suppose i was brainstorming the composition/shot and disregarding the people involved. imagine a photographer doing something like that. cough paparazzi cough.

anyway, keep clicking. thanks for sharing.
  • + 3
 PB is not solely for photographers (as can be seen from some of the tripe that goes into the galleries, it's becoming a chore sifting through the crap to find anything decent). Half of the people don't seem to know what critique is, and wouldn't understand what makes a good image, and that's not a go at anybody, it's just a fact. Being a photographer is not a case of paying for a DSLR and hitting the button on your "pro camera". Unfortunately so many people think that nowadays that photography is becoming more and more undervalued. But that's another debate.
My point was about critique. The above being said, it is possible to state whether or not you like an image without a critique, in a polite and civil manner, that takes no photography knowledge at all, just manners and civility.
  • + 2
 @necronutz, dude are you kidding, Ian picks the best PODs, the others are okay, but Ian defs picks them the best, and this one is a sick shot for POD
  • + 2
 Why are people bitching about this PoD? and why are people saying Ian is doing a bad job at picking PoDs? FFS he is a world renound photographer in the DH world and Ian, please pick more of your own pictures, they are STUNNING Smile
  • + 3
 Hahaha, holy shit Ian!! How dare you! There you have it, the experts have spoken. No more cool, well composed, moody shots that tell a story. NO MORE! Only POD's from now on are to be taken juuusst after sunset, of dirt jumping and are to be lit with a minimum of four flashes. Don't deviate. The natives get restless.
  • + 3
 these comments make me lose respect for the DJ/FR bunch. As a racer this speaks volumes to me. there is no feeling quite like when your number is called, and the steady build of nerves as the riders in front of you start their runs. Then when the last rider in front of you starts their run, you pull to the line, and the adrenalin builds up until the 10 second beep. As the clock ticks down to 5, and that light goes green... WOW! its better then sex. best feeling in all of sports imo.
  • + 2
 one of the sickest PODS right now because it does tell a story like Ian said and you get to see what goes on behind the scenes at DH racing events so all of you ppl who are saying a bunch of bull about this photo can shut up and stop talking crap about Hylands.
  • + 4
 Nice Ian! I really like this one. Looking at this gives me that same suspensful feeling of waiting for your turn on the start gate. Great shot.
  • + 6
 you can feel the butterflies in your stomach on this shot. nice one ian!
  • + 2
 I saw this photo a couple of days ago, I love everything about it. The only thing I don't like is the other photographers in the background! It's still an awesome shot though.
  • + 2
 Actually there aren't any other photographers here, everyone else has gone to shoot the action. In the background you see Tracy's mechanic, the starter, and a UCI official... Thanks!
  • + 1
 ......and Florianne just taking off from the start house.....which is rad. Amazing shot, Ian. Keep up the good work!
  • + 1
 Ah I see.. I could only make out a silhouette on my monitor..! My bad..!
  • + 2
 Not a problem Tomothy, I would have guessed the same had I not known...
  • + 1
 this is the type of shot you get when you are a good enough photographer to get your required shots in ahead of time, and then you get a chance to do some more creative stuff. This creative work is what i think photography is all about, getting the angles that most people don't see and give a glimpse into a world we might never see. I was at the US open last year and was able to see Ian work, he definitely works harder than almost any photographer to get his shots and for any one saying that he doesn't deserve POD just has no idea about photography.
  • + 1
 I love it! Makes me ache for the next race, shame Arduum was cancelled cause I'm jonesin for that feeling now. Nice shot Ian, thanks for sharing it with us, even though all the hipster slopestylers can't let us enjoy it for what it is!
  • + 1
 normally not a great fan of anything to do with downhill shots but this one reminds me of in the winter when i go snowboarding and you get off the lift looking down on the run love this POD and yes i would probly say this is one of the best POD that there has been,, Ian though you gotta put that photo of the guy in the mining tunnel as POD some day Smile
  • + 2
 I like this selection. Its a nice change from the usual action shot. Not saying there isn't any action here. There is, just its more implied. Defiantly a Pod worthy shot and dare I say Calendar material
  • + 1
 Hi Ian - did you shoot this with any filters? I'm asking because I can make out an inverted flare (?) of the OOF rider in the doorway just to the left of that doorway. People are always saying don't keep filters on unnecssarily, but I always shoot with a protective layer against dust and dirt!
  • + 1
 Yeah I've been trying to figure that one out. It's only in this one shot, not any others... All of my lenses except for the 16mm and the 14-25 have some sort of UV filter on them, same reason as you, to protect the front element of the lens. So it's possible that it's a reflection on the filter...
  • + 2
 i like the revisions from the first one. and the tearoff story is also awesome
  • + 6
 thanks, the first one went up in about 3 minutes and I really wanted to tweak a couple of things on it. Color wasn't quite perfect and it seemed a little dark in the first one...
  • + 4
 Very thoughtful shot Ian, i like the strong light in the background in a way it seems a gate way to freedom. in Tracy's case her "victory"
  • + 0
 Another TREK wc photo I see.... pretty typical. Great picture though Ian
  • + 2
 Yeah that's bound to happen when they have the two fastest riders on the circuit... Although once again it has nothing to do with Trek, Tracy just happens to have the number one plate and be starting last...
  • + 5
 Ian seriously. I don't know how you deal with these people on a daily basis and remain civil. I would be fired from a moderator position in about 3 hours.
  • + 1
 love that starting gate! we raced it in coupe du quebec race. really sweet shot, it really captures that feeling right before go time. nice shot Ian! tells the story nicely.
  • + 1
 so many people trolling online today haha. but im not about to be one of them.. nice shot.. interesting from the rider's perspective..
  • + 1
 A far cry from your regular regional race where 30 fella's are sat around the start area farting and taking the piss out of the fat bloke!
  • + 1
 Not really a fan of this kind of image more of a action POD guy really but on this one I can say it deserves it very nice Ian !
  • + 2
 Get some more pictures of peoples shoes and socks then make it into a slideshow, you will probably get VOD
  • + 1
 This photo is EPIC...maybe not like other POD but this photos shows a moment that most of us will never be able live...and this is to race in a world cup dh race.
  • + 2
 It's a good picture, but seriously i don't think this should of been POD...?
  • + 3
 That one guy has 3 legs.
  • + 2
 You train for the physical part of your ride....here comes the mental part
  • + 2
 You look like Aragon of lord of the rings Ian
  • + 1
 Hahahahahahahaha
  • + 2
 Id rather look at a picture of a burger van
  • + 3
 If you take a picture of a burger van I will make it "my pod" on my profile. That's a promise.
  • + 2
 Ian needs to get his hair cut
  • + 2
 Actually my hair is pretty short right now...
  • + 1
 as soon as i saw this i new it would be a pod so i set it as my own and now its the proper pod Smile
  • + 2
 if your gtetting horny about this pic please prop this
  • + 2
 This looks like a middle of plane
  • + 1
 photography is more than usual shots!! love the lighting of the inverted rider!
  • + 1
 When I saw this the other day, I wondered if you could pick your own POD. Glad you did. This one's stellar, Ian.
  • + 1
 "one small step for man one giant leap for MTB" lol but seriously nice POD! Smile
  • + 2
 omg i thought this was in a train station for a minite
  • + 0
 Hey Ian i reckon this could be tommorows pod

www.pinkbike.com/photo/6633731
  • + 2
 clever shot. Very cool.
  • + 1
 When I saw this in my dash I certainly thought POD. Thanks Ian. tup
  • + 1
 Lovein the lift cars on each side.
  • + 1
 drive to point 2 ride your bike as if there was no tomorow
  • + 1
 a rare and beautifully captured moment ian!
  • + 1
 Just seeing this picture I'm already anxious.
  • + 2
 this pic sucks dick
  • + 1
 Sick Idea, Sick Picture & Its Rare Smile
  • + 1
 Great narrative contained here. Just says so much.
  • + 1
 full focus, last seconds before run, war mode on
  • + 0
 "come on ,will you hurry up & go!!"
  • + 1
 POD !! Big Grin
  • + 1
 Follow the Light!
  • + 0
 theres something i like about this picture but not sure what
  • + 0
 for sure it tell's great story something difrent but sure pod worthy
  • + 0
 Probably one of the best pods on pinkbike Smile
  • + 0
 Forever alone =(, nice POD!
  • + 0
 the shoes are the only good part to look at
  • + 0
 well deserved, fantastic shot Ian!
  • - 1
 Mont saint-anne, Québec Smile

Nice POD
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  • + 0
 Rad shot. Nice can, too!
  • + 0
 Thats sick!
  • + 0
 Too sick!
  • + 0
 POD Big Grin
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