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.

Racing in the Royal National Park

Maximum Adventure’s Paddy Pallin Adventure Race at the Royal National Park, 2017

This weekend saw 2 days of adventure racing through the Royal National Park in Sydney’s South East. The event was a variety of disciplines that saw athletes mountain biking, trail running, orienteering and kayaking through some of the parks fabulous scenery.

This was round 3 of Paddy Pallin‘s Adventure Series. The first one for the series was Cam’s Wharf near Newcastle then it went up to Queensland for round 2 and the 4th and final round will be in the lower Blue Mountains  later in the year.

Both days started off chilly down by the edge of the Hacking river but as the sun broke through things warmed up a bit. Sunday was a fantastic day for racing and being out and about. Saturday remained a bit cloudy but was fantastic light for photography.

Here’s a few highlights from the race.

The full gallery can be found on our website here where you can buy your images if you raced.

The results can be found over on Maximum Adventure’s website here.

The Willo Enduro

The Willo Enduro, Wingello State Forest, 2017

Last weekend we headed down to the Southern Highlands for the annual Willo Enduro. The Willo is a great race to shoot simply because it is on such a beautiful track. There are certain sections on the track that are just a photographer’s dream.

The Willo is typically held under a blanket of grey cloudy with a slight drizzle in the air. This year didn’t disappoint us either. While that doesn’t sound too tempting it is great for shooting in the forests. Overnight rain had left the track slick and muddy and had a few riders sliding around in the damper sections.

This was our first year covering the event for competitors though Gil and I have shot it over the previous years on an editorial basis. We called up another member of our team and then all headed off into our various sections of the forests. I had the wonderful Nyes creek crossing, a beautiful section of rainforest and ferns.

Normally we would change locations a lot more but since it was only a 3 lap race we just stayed relatively close to our designated areas. Luckily since it is such a beautiful track those areas have an abundance of shots and angles.

If you want to see the complete gallery of photos and grab your images from the day they can be found here on our website.

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

 

Jetblack 24hr: Awaba

Jetblack’s Annual 24hr XC race was held at Awaba this year. It was a change from the usual tracks that hold the longer races as for us it meant all the shots would be under the canopy of the trees. Awaba doesn’t have much if any open areas.

Jetblack Twenty Four Hour XC race at Awaba, 2017

Although the weekend started out warm and sunny once the race got underway the clouds moved in bringing with them a few showers. Luckily despite an initial blast from a well aimed storm the rest of the race remained relatively dry. The rain was actually great as it brought the dust level down and provided better traction for the riders and they kept knocking out the laps.

As night fell the 6+6 category retired from the track leaving only the dedicated night riders out on track. For us it meant things slowed a bit on track but it also gave us time to work on our lighting and fine it to get the most out of our shots.

After a couple of hours kip we got up in time to catch the 6+6 riders as they headed back out on to the track. Gil headed out to the northern end of the track while I walked the western side.

24hr races are demanding for the riders but also for us. But in so saying they do provide us with some great photographic opportunities that we wouldn’t otherwise have the chance to shoot.

If you want to see the complete gallery of photos they can be viewed here on our website. If you raced be sure and download your free images courtesy of Bacci Fresh and Jetblack Products.

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