Two weeks in Ourimbah

Shimano GP Round 2

Outer image have been back on track at Ourimbah over the last 2 weeks. After a short break we stuck back into things with the second round of the Shimano GP.

It was a good-sized turnout who hit the tracks with the soundtrack of whip birds and lyre birds singing in the bush. There was lots of familiar faces including many who we haven’t seen for a while but there was also lots of new faces which is always great to see. Ourimbah is only an hour or so from Sydney so it’s a big favourite of Sydney riders

Being that Ourimbah is the Rocky Trail home track, we have been shooting here since we started shooting with them so it’s always a little struggle to find new shots and new angles especially when we have so many favorite spots. When we do stop by a familiar spot on the track and shoot a few shots it’s great to look back at our images from the early races to compare and see how we have progressed and how our vision has changed

You can find the full gallery of Ourimbah Shimano GP images here

Fox Superflow round 3

Same place, different tracks, different race. This time it was the turn of the Superflow enduro racers to hit Ourimbah. Another big turnout with numbers topping the 300 mark this time.

Running on 2 tracks this time Ourimbah tested everyone this time. From the technical sections of lower downhill track to the uphill pedalling on the xc track. While some people did well on one track the other tended to throw them off a bit.

Rocky trail put on some great races which are as much about a day out with friends as it is about the racing. If you are thinking of giving the MTB races a spin definitely check them out and come join the fun. You can find out more about Rocky Trail Entertainment here.

You can see the full set of Superflow images here

Graves wins The Super Enduro

After some heavy rainfall overnight, riders awoke on race day to find some less than grippy trail conditions at The Thredbo Super Enduro.  Saturday was a dust bowl so with the trails now resembling a slip and slide, tyres would need to be changed and the smart riders played tactics to try to take the win.

Chatting with some before the race it seemed the idea was to wait it out and let some of the more overzealous riders head out and push the water off the track or for the fog to clear and let the sun do it.

As the three of us headed out to the trails, this proved a smart choice by the riders as Gil found very muddy conditions on sections of the All Mountain trail, Richard and Ryan headed up higher on the Cannonball downhill trail and Flow trail respectively, where it was chilly and foggy.  It didn’t take long however for the conditions to improve and eventually the blue sky to start showing thru as the fog cleared.

Riders had a 5-hour window to ride all three trails and many of them took the opportunity to ride each at least twice trying to improve on previous runs.  With nearly 300 riders at the race this year, Thredbo is going from strength to strength and this event will undoubtedly become as popular as the Cannonball.  Having world class riders like Richie Rude and Jared Graves racing is great for the sport and gives local riders the opportunity to measure how they go compared to some of the worlds best.  With the Enduro World Series starting soon in Chile, both Rude and Graves had setup camp at Thredbo for what undoubtedly would have been a big training week for the upcoming 2018 season.

Outer Image is proud to be apart of these races and look forward to working with Thredbo to bring action images for the competitors on the trails at future races.  Jump over to the galleries and see what shots we caught of you during the race.

 

Thredbo Super Enduro

We are back down in Thredbo for the Super Enduro. We have called in the help of fellow photographer Ryan Sleiman so we can cover each and every track.  Despite an early shower and some heavy clouds at time the day heated up and the track remained quite dusty. Some heavy rain last night will have taken a lot of the dust level down and hopefully made the track nice and tacky for a fast race.

Practice runs were the order of the day yesterday with all 3 tracks opened up to riders. It gave us a good chance to spot locations for the race runs today and there is certainly no shortage of locations to be had.

Competition will be stiff out on track today with some great riders including Jared Graves and Richie Rude in town for the race. Even if you are not a rider but are in the area be sure to swing by and check it out.

Check out some more of the shots from today here on our site 

Cannonball MTB: Canyon Flow Motion Cup / SRAM Whip Wars

Day 3 of the events and we were back on track, this time with the Canyon Flow Motion Cup. The Flow Motion cup was the largest event with around 500 competitors. After a couple of hours of practice the racing got underway around 11 and then aside from a few breaks it was mostly a steady stream in front of the cameras until the end at 6.00pm.

The day was finished off with the SRAM Whip Wars on the big jump at the finish line. A selection of Australia’s finest styled it up in front a large crowd. This year the trophy went to Duke Millington.

Find all the images from the weekend’s events here . The Whip wars are up today but the Flow Motion images will follow soon.

 

Cannonball MTB: Maxxis All Mountain Assault

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The first of the events for Cannonball at Thredbo was the Maxxis All Mountain Assault race. With around 400 people it was a busy day out on track for us. Unlike yesterday it was fantastic weather with beautiful blue skies. We took the Gun Barrel lift up and stayed around the top section. Its the first time that either Gil or I had shot this track so for us it was all new.

The rain has moved back in here now which will make for some interesting shooting conditions for the seeding runs of the downhill. There was mention of snow too but I guess we shall see what happens.

You can find the full gallery of images here

If you raced you can search for your number and use the password thredbomtb to download all your images for your own personal use 

 

Mt. Stromlo, the Series finale

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This time it was back to Stromlo in Canberra for the series finishing round of Rocky Trail Entertainment’s Fox Rollercoaster.

With three tracks running the Rollercoaster covered a large section of Mt Stromlo. We went on the Friday so we could be there bright and breezy for a track walk and location scout. Saturday was practice runs at Stromlo. Gil and I decided that we would both cover the vapor trail or, as it was known on race day, the Camelbak Track. We have both shot the Luge to death in previous events and the other trail was the most technically demanding. Gil took to the top half of the Vapor Trail while I explored the lower half. I was quite keen on getting a few shots of the big wallrides in action plus we were just doing a bit of recon for shooting locations on race day. Not nearly as many people were hitting the wallrides as I had expected but I did manage to get a couple of shots. With locations scouted I started on my way back down heading via a field where I knew the kangaroos gathered and snapped a few shots.

Early Sunday morning and apparently the temperatures hit a chilly -4 so it was a rather frosty morning. Race day all went smoothly. Gil and I shot at the locations we had scouted the day before. Gil got some great shots of a drop up top while I shot lower down on a berm I knew of. I even managed to get a few more sneaky wallride shots.

Being the final race of the season the podiums included the series winners. A huge congratulation to all those place-getters and an even bigger one to Michael Vanos and Vanessa Thompson who won the male and female elite series.

All the images are available for viewing on our website here and don’t forget to download your shots if you raced on the day.

Gil and I would like to pass on our heartiest thank you to all those involved for making the series as wonderful as it was. Obviously top of the list is Martin and Juliana of Rocky Trail Entertainment without whom we wouldn’t have a series in the first place. To the fine folks at Fox racing and Camelbak for sponsoring all the races. It was with their support that we were able to supply you with all the photos over the season. To all those that care and maintain the great tracks that the races are run upon and of course to all the competitors who are the soul of the series and who make each event so much fun.

So thank you one and all and we look forward to seeing you all again soon.

Richard and Gil

 

Kempsey Rollercoaster

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It’s been a while since I have been out shooting any races but last weekend I was back at it under the guise of Outer Image. We were off to Kempsey to cover the fourth round of the Gravity Enduro Rollercoaster series.

This year 2 more tracks were added to the course and another day of racing was added too. Day 1 was 2 tracks and then on the second day the tracks changed to the other 2. There was a little bit of something for everyone in the tracks. I heard some say that there was too much pedaling in parts of the track while others said they loved those same sections for the rolling rides through the trees. The tracks were nowhere near as dusty as they were last year which although is good for the riders though I did love the sun shining through the dust last year.  There was around 120 riders this time. Not such a big turn out for an enduro but considering its 5 hr drive from Sydney it was more than we expected. All in all it’s a great track and good to see it’s expanded to include another 2 tracks this year.

Below is a selection of our shots from the event. Alternatively you can go  check out the full gallery of shots here. If you raced then your shots are free to download thanks to Fox racing and Camelbak who sponsored the event. Just enter your number into the search box on the Outerimage website, hit us up for the password and we will check your name off the list and sort it out for you.

Enjoy!!!

The Big Weekend Down South

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So there we go, another huge enduro race and a big start the season of downhill here in NSW. This weekend saw one of the biggest enduro events to date and just goes to show that the sport is on the up and up.

Cold nights and warm days made for some great mtb weather in the Snowies over the weekend. Kicking off the weekend was the Rollercoaster on the Flow trail. Not a lot of overly technical sections on this trail but a lot of fast flowing berms. Gil took the lift up and covered the top half of the mountain while I walked up and shot the bottom section. The smooth fast berms saw a lot of folks coming in low as they flew past, laying into the berms as far as they could go.

Sunday saw the start of the DH season for us. Many familiar faces were out on track along with a lot of new ones. This time Gil and I swapped, me heading up top and Gil walking from the bottom. A cool breeze right up top meant I didn’t linger too long but quickly headed down to warmer climes. I tried revisiting a couple of old favourites on the way down but really wanted to shoot a new location. I settled in on a corner and the trees just above Snakes an Ladder and spent most of the race there just trying different angles.

Thredbo always puts on great races and its always a chance to get away for a few days before hand to explore the region. I’m already looking forward to our next visit down there.

All the images were supplied to the competitors for the Rollercoaster courtesy of Fox Racing Australia and BH Bikes. The downhill images were supplied by Redass.  Be sure and swing by their Facebook pages and say thanks. And of course to Rocky Trail Entertainment who brought it all together and put on yet another awesome weekend.

You can go and check out all the images in the gallery here. If you were a competitor in either race but didn’t get your password sent to you be sure and contact us so we can send you the password and you can download your free images.

You can swing by Rocky Trails website and check out all the results

 

Rockin’ the Resort

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With the sounds of wake boats on the river, kids playing in the park and fantastic views from on the hill and you could be confused that Rocky Trail Entertainment had jumped shipped and taken all the #RockyTrailRacer ‘s to some far off resort.  Well they did, Del Rio Resort in fact. and with the great camping and wicked trails on offer no one was left disappointed that we did not just sit in the pool drinking margaritas.

Round 2 held out at the township of Wiseman’s Ferry was a step up in challenge for riders as the trails are a little more challenging and the vertical drops a little bigger than Killingworth.  Throw in some hot 35C weather and plenty of dust making for some great late summer racing.  150 strong riders had nothing but praise for the trail-work put in by so many led by no other than Jo Fox and Dave G-man Grupe.  Great work gang, shame Dave’s torn ACL gave out pre-race but Foxies course runs produced another win to make up for it.  Congrats to everyone else who had a good result.

This is the first time that Rich and Gil have shot at Del Rio for Rocky Trail believe it or not and the tracks offered plenty of places to sit and hide trail side waiting for the adrenaline junkies to fly past.  We look forward to the downhill series hitting this location again later on in the year so we can shoot all the stuff we didn’t get to this time.

Maybe at the next round we can convince Martin to bring some post-race margaritas and make up for teasing us with these races being held at resorts where most people go to relax and unwind. I like mine shaken not blended Martin 🙂

Cheers Gil, Richard.

You can find the full gallery of images here

Fox BH Rollercoaster Round 1

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And so a new season begins.

Rocky Trail Entertainment’s Rollercoaster series kicked off on a scorcher of a day. The expectant temperature was 35C but the temperature readings on some Garmin GPS units read up to 44C. Plus it was one of those days when the sun just seemed brutal and unforgiving. It certainly had me looking for shade whenever I set up for a new shot.

The course, at Killingworth near Newcastle, is new on the circuit but an old track remembered by those who had been riding for a bit. Rocky Trail had set the race to run over 3 tracks, the Fox trail, the BH trail and the Gloryfy trail. For the sake of trying to ensure we got photos of everyone Gil and I took a track each and spent the day on it. Unfortunately this meant that we had to miss out on the Gloryfy trail, but then we need to save something for next time.

Fox, BH and Rocky Trail provided all the images taken on the day free for personal use to those in the race. If you were in the race but didn’t recieve your password to download your images be sure and drop us a line. If you just want to check out more of the images have a look at the full gallery here

See you next time at Del Rio