James Estate Shimano GP

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There is a new course on Rocky Trail Entertainment’s Shimano GP’s circuit and that’s the trails of James Estate Winery, where round 2 was recently held. The race marked the opening of the trails to the public.  The 10km track winds in and out between grape vines, out the back towards the edges of Wollemi National Park before bringing you back through the vines and even weaving you through wine-vats on the way back to the start. The start was conveniently located by the cellar door where plenty of sampling of the local produce was done.

Well done to Rocky Trail, Graeme Scott and all involved withe the James Estate Winery race for putting on such a great day.

Below is a sample of the images. The complete set can be found by checking out the galleries here

Full results for the race can be found over on Rocky Trail’s website here

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Last weekend Outer Image Collective founders Gil and Richard had the privilage of shooting their first event under the new Outer Image banner and a what a great event to kick this off, the Rocky Trail Entertainments Shimano MTB GP.  A mouthful to say the least but so were the handfuls of chocolate eggs being handed out at the rego tent…. MTB riding and choccy great combo for some great images.  Also thankful for the sugar hit from the choccy eggs was Richard who had only returned from Europe the day before and was struggling with jetlag, but soldier he did and nabbed some great images… we may be onto something here.

After chatting to a few riders pre-race about photos and these riders expressing that they want new shots, new angles, new whatever just make it new.  Well this can be a struggle sometimes as we are always in need of capturing race plate numbers so cannot just shoot anywhere, tougher still some numbers get pushed way up by brake and gear cables making them impossible to capture.   We like to think we provided some great shots this round and if any of the Facebook comments and emails we have received are to go buy then we have done just that.

Sarah Neumann:  ” Fantastic photos 🙂 ”  – Facebook
David Land: “Firstly wanted to say that the photos from Round 1 on Monday are excellent!” – email
James Lamb: “… these photos are by far the best I’ve ever seen from a mountain bike race.” – Facebook

Also Richard and I would like to let all the Rocky Trail riders know that we are giving out some prizes this year for the Shimano MTB GP series.  We enjoy the series so much and are very appreciative of all who have supported us last year buying images that we want to give back.   So the following prizes are available for 2013.

1. To the rider who purchase the most images throughout the complete series will win a large scale print of any picture of themselves from any round.  *In case you are not so vain to have a large print of your smiley face on a wall at home, we will happily exchange this for a $50 gift voucher for any image off either Gil’s or Richard’s website galleries.  We have many landscape images both Australia and world wide.

2. To the series winners of the 7-hour solo male and female categories, we will be offering a photo shoot with us shooting some great riding and enviromental portrait shots, with this you will receive one large scale print of your choice and the rest of the images in digital format.   ** Images are for personal use and cannot be resold, gifted or used without OuterImage written consent.

So with the sugar rush gone and round 2 at a new venue, a vinyard – lookout, Richard and I are working on plans for some great image ideas and more.  Well done to all the riders who finished on the podium and to all the rest who just had a great time, we will see you again soon.

cheers Gil and Richard.