Redass State Downhill, Round 4: Stromlo

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The weekend gone saw Gil and I make the trip down to Canberra to cover the final round of the Redass State Downhill at Mount Stromlo Forest Park and put on by Rocky Trail Entertainment.

It’s the first time I have shot downhill racing at Stromlo. Gil and I started at the top then leapfrogged our way down. It can be hard to shoot at Stromlo as the light becomes quite harsh through the day and race day was no exception. Birght blue skies and a glaring sun kicked up some harsh shadows on the course. During times like this you really need to pick the location well and let the rider ride through a sunpatch or use flashes to lift them out of the shadows. The track was dry and dusty which can make for some great shots though as the dust gets thrown up and can really add a sense of movement to the shots.

There is some great features on the course including the Rock Garden, G20, Road Gap and Triple Treat. Unfortunately they also took a toll on the riders this time round. Perhaps as it was the final round the riders put that extra bit into the race and pushed themselves just a bit too far. The dust also can be rather treacherous for the riders taking away from the grip of the tyres.

All in all it was a great finish to a great season. There is a few smaller races to coming but but the next big one will be the Cannonball at Thredbo again. Hope to see you all there.

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Red Ass Downhill State Championships – Ourimbah

Last weekend it was the turn of downhill to come under scrutiny of the lens. Gil and I travelled up to Ourimbah on the New South Wales Central Coast this time to shoot the Red Ass ACT/NSW State Downhill Championships. The aim of the shoot was to get some ideas for new angles, locations from the Ourimbah downhill track and just to have a bit of fun while we were at it. I shot only in the first 200m of the downhill track this time, there is more than enough features there to keep me happy shooting for the day whilst Gil shot at the features lower down. The shots below are a small sample from the day. More images can be viewed and purchased from Richard McGibbon Photography or Giro Photo