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 

Having a Ball at Thredbo

Every year the gravity keen mountain bike community heads to the mountains for some of the best village atmosphere and partake in the biggest slope fed event in Australia.

For 2017 nearly 800 riders ascended on Thredbo Village for the Thredbo MTB Cannonball Festival and for the first time Outer Image provided competitor images for all courtesy of Thredbo MTB.  It has been a great 4 days of racing with a variety of all mountain, pump track, flowing enduro, downhill and aerial acrobatics of whip wars.

Day 4 saw the main event run as riders competed for the title of wearelusty Australian Downhill Open under perfect summer sunshine in the mountains.  Troy Brosnan and Tegan Malloy took those titles convincingly and as the sun set on another great year the celebrations kicked off.

Big thank you to all the riders who complimented our work from the previous events this weekend, you can now download all your images from all events in the galleries.  The password to download images from all events is “thredbomtb”

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: Rockshox Pump Track Challenge

After a great start to racing on day 1, riders took to the mountain for seeding runs in the wearelusty Downhill Australian Open.  Runs were hampered a bit by the weather with sporadic rain but the track is holding up well and riders are looking forward to race runs on Sunday.

In the evening the Village was taken over by crowds and the excitement of the ROCKSHOX Pump Track Challenge, as the event built in energy the daylight slowly dipped behind the peaks.

After the seedings runs were completed the action really heated up with the head to head knockout competition saw the top eight riders in the elite and U19 men/women battled out for bragging rights.

Jump over to the galleries to see all the action from the pump track.

Cannonball MTB: Maxxis All Mountain Assault

Cannonball, Maxxis All Mountain Assault, Thredbo, 2017

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 

 

Jetblack 12hr: Mowbray Farm

Racing into the night under starlight and torches

This weekend gone brought to an end another great season of racing with Rocky Trail Entertainment. It all came to an end with the Jetblack 12hr at Mowbray Farm near Picton. It was also a special year as it was the 10th anniversary of Rocky trails 12hr.

Temperatures were already heading up when the riders took to the trails. The open fields of Mowbray farm didn’t offer much in the way of protection from the sun but a dash of relief was found in the little pine plantations and the ride around the dam. For the next 12 hours riders did laps around the farm on the 7.5km course. The short course meant there was a constant stream of riders coming past Gil and I almost nonstop.

In the end Jason English took line honours on the male solo elites to making it 8 in a row. Gwynn Le Maitre took out her first female solo elites 12hr.

For the first time in the Rocky rail series they ran an E-bike category. There was only 1 rider in the category this.year but you can expect to see a few more somewhere along the line in the coming year as E-bike rises in popularity.

Thanks to all who made this such a great season. From the team here at Outer Image we hope you have a great break and we look forward to seeing you again for another season out on the tracks early next year. Until then keep an eye out for us because we might just jump up in front of you when you least expect it.

Cheers

Richard and Gil

You can find the full gallery of images here on our website. Give us a yell if you raced and want to take advantage of our Buy All special.

You can find the full results on the Rocky Trail website here.

If you have an event that you would like covered touch base with us so we can work out how best to suit your needs

Paddy Pallin at Glenbrook

Paddy Pallin Adventure Race, Glenbrook, 2017

The weekend saw the final round of Maximum Adventure’s Paddy Pallin Adventure series being held at Glenbrook in the Blue Mountains. Around 200 teams took to the tracks and trails in and around the Euroka Clearing. Under threat of a heatwave the race kicked off an hour earlier with teams heading out from the start in every direction to get started on each discipline of kayaking, mountain biking and trail running with a splash of orienteering thrown in for good luck.

 

Coastal Classic 2017

Once again it was time for the trail runners favourite, the Coastal Classic. It’s one of Sydney’s highest rated trail runs, taking runners along a beautiful stretch of coastline going through the Royal National Park. Being in a national park though the organisers, Maximum Adventure, have to cap the numbers and so it can be hard to get an entry as they sell out so quickly. The Coastal Classic brings to a close the Thermatech Triple Challenge series which also included the Jabulani in Ku-ring-gai Chase and Raffertys Coastal Run at Lake Macquarie.

Although the Coastal Classic may not be the longest of races it certainly presents a good challenge to those who take it on. The trail takes runners up and down the park’s headlands and onto the numerous sandy beaches along the coast of the Royal National Park . Unlike last year at this time, when there was torrential rain forcing the postponement of the race, we had a beautiful spring day, chilly in the morning but warming up nicely as the day progressed. Out on course we had 5 photographers positioned to capture the beautiful coastal scenics and the runners enjoying the trails. There was around 1000 runners on course from all different skill levels, some there to run fast and put in the best time they can while others were taking their time and enjoy the day out.

The Triple Challenge has been a great series to cover. Next up for us in the trail running category will be the Bouddi challenge in October. A new race on the running circuit running through the Bouddi National Park on the Central Coast.

You can find the full gallery of Coastal Classic images on our website here If you want to see the images from the other races of the triple challenge you can find the Jabulani images here and Raffertys Coastal Run images here

See you on the trails.