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

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

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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

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

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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.

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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

 

Base in Bright’s B24

The Thule B24 mountain bike race in the Victorian Alps around Bright

Once again the Thule B24 has rolled around put on by Base in Bright down at the beautiful little Victorian town of Bright. Tucked in the Victorian Alps, Bright is a bikers paradise with trails running everywhere to suit all levels of skill and all types of biking. An unfortunate clash of dates meant I was down there this year while Gil went off to cover the Highland Fling.

The threat of rain unfortunately kept the numbers lower than expected but, considering the forecast, the turnout was great and certainly not the small race it was when it kicked off 4 years ago. The weekend started out at the Bright Brewery with a track stand contest and a few beers.

Saturday lunch saw the race get underway from the grand marquee. First out were the solo racers, followed 15 mins later by the esprit d’ corps category. A few shots along the river then I headed out to the new section of track called Tombstone. By all reports this super-flowy section went down a treat and everyone who came down were all smiles. Basically though, all the track was new as the course had been reversed this year to accommodated taking in Tombstone.

Early Sunday morning around 1am, I had just about dozed off in the back of my car when the sky lit up and the heavens opened with a bang as a thunderstorm rolled in. I felt pity for those still slogging it through the night. Some pretty torrential rain fell over night but by morning it had eased back a bit in intensity though was still consistent. The rain fell through the Sunday at times becoming increasing again. I was rather helpless as first my lenses started to mist and then I saw moisture forming inside the camera itself. Not much to do but keep shooting anyway.

By the end of the race those who were was still out on track were plastered with mud but still everyone who came in couldn’t wipe the smile off their face after such a great event. I have long wanted to shoot a few portraits after a muddy race like that and I got more than my fair share of mud-encrusted faces after the race finished up

Sam Moffitt took the win with his first 24hr victory and Courtney Henry took the win in the female solo category with her 3rd ever mtb race.

Head over to the full gallery to check out all that was captured over the weekend.

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Shimano GP round 4: Mt Stromlo

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The continuing series of this year’s Shimano GP took place over the weekend with round 4 at Canberra.  The day dawned chilly but not frosty like the previous weekend’s Rollercoaster. After a short pre-race briefing the race got off to a start under the cloudy skies of Mt Stromlo Forest Park.

Gil and I started off shooting around the start the Gil drove to the top of the hill and headed out along the skyline track. I started at the bottom as I wanted to shoot among some of the beautiful wattle that was in bloom down there before the sun burnt through the clouds and made the light too harsh. Unfortunately this meant that all up my day was spent walking uphill and shooting riders as they came uphill. As it was the soft cloudy light stuck around for most of the day.  Over the rest of the day we made the most of the soft light shooting in the trees but still trying to mix up the shots as best as we could to get a good variation of shots. There is some great views around the track which makes Stromlo one of our favourites to shoot.

One racer made my day when she brought me up a cup of coffee, Dalene you are a legend!!!! At the end of the day I ended up at Echidna Pass near the start of Rollercoaster. As luck would have it both Gil and I finished up in about the same area which meant I got a lift back down the hill.

You can visit the full gallery and check out the photos here. Remember if you raced over the weekend you can download your images for free thanks to the folks over at Shimano, just send us a message and we shall check you off the list and throw you the password.

To check out the full results swing over to the Rocky Trail website where they have them all listed

 

Kempsey Rollercoaster

Rocky Trail Entertainment's Kempsey Rollercoaster

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