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

 

Jetblack 12hr: Mowbray Farm

The final laps into the night

The final laps into the night

The final mountain bike race for the 2016 Rocky Trail Entertainment XC season was the Jetblack 12 hour. This year it was held at Mowbray farm MTB track near Picton in the southwest of Sydney. It was a couple of years since we previously shot an XC race there. Though the course was basically the same, weather over the last month or so had altered the terrain around it.

The main change in the features around the course was the missing lake. Heavy rainfall of the previous weeks managed to wash away a dam, draining the lake in the middle of the course. The rain had left the track over-saturated. More rain overnight also added to the puddles, making some sections of the track more like water crossings. Although the previous night had been another wet one, the new day dawned windy but otherwise the weather was great.

Terrain along the track varies quite a bit. It heads through open fields with some nice views across to the city, crosses and drifts along a small creek that was once the lake and heads off into a young pine forest, meanders a back along the creek then up to the start again. There is about 123m vertical over the course which mostly seems to be crammed into the hill at the end . The wet weather had closed a couple of sections of the track making the course shorter and a couple of sections rather slippery. However, the shorter course just meant faster laps, bringing the riders back in front of our cameras more often.

At 10am a mass start sent mountain bikers racing off into the fields. The harsh light in the open fields below the start line meant shooting there was tricky. Thankfully, it wasn’t long before a few clouds came rolling in and softened up the light a bit. Gil set off against the flow and I went with the flow of riders were headed stopping when I came across shots that I liked. By mid afternoon we had both made it probably halfway around the track. We realised the best locations to shoot the sunset would be the fields and dams back near the start so headed back in that direction.

Nightfall saw us both in the fields playing experimenting at using our lights in different ways. Gil lit some of the beautiful old trees in shots and I went to the dams to use the reflections in mine. Chill soon set in around the water’s edge and I headed back up to warm up and await the podiums.

Below are our picks for the race. The full gallery of images that Gil and I captured can be found over on the Outerimage website here

Full results from the race can be found over on the Rocky Trail Entertainment website here

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

 

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. You can, as always see the full results on the Rocky Trail website here. 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

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.

If you want to check out the results then Rocky Trail Entertainment have the full listing over on their website here

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

 

Back to the Vineyards

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So it was back to the vineyards of James Estate for the first round of the 2015 series of the Shimano GP. The big news is that this year Outer Image is happy to announce that the series images will be supplied free of charge to the competitors for personal use thanks  to the generosity of Shimano and Rocky Trail Entertainment.

The track was quite dusty as you can see in the images below but there was certainly no complaints to be heard from anyone. Normally one of us takes the vineyard and the other takes the single trail at the back but this year we had to change. Due to an abundance of the nasty cats eye burs (nemesis of the bike riders tyres) throughout the vinyards the course was shortened down to around 8.5kms so gil went right and I went left on the single-track. The shorter track had a couple of knock-on effects for Gil and I. It meant that the riders came around more often  and it meant that there was a more constant flow of riders for us both, definitely not a bad thing for two photographers who love being out on track shooting.

It looks set to be a close series again this year. A few familiar faces have changed categories but many have stayed where they are. There was also a whole bunch of new faces which was great to see out there. Hopefully we shall be seeing you all again at the next round at the old favourite Awaba.

If you didn’t receive your password to download your race images drop Gil and I a message and we shall send it through to you. If you want to see all the images you can find them here on our website. You can find all the details for the upcoming races and results over on Rocky Trail’s website and if you like getting your images for free be sure and swing by Shimano Australia’s facebook page and let them know.

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

AMB 100 Marathon

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Under a hot Canberra sun last weekend the AMB 100 took place at Mount Stromlo Forest Park. Things got underway with the 31 ‘100 milers’ leaving the gate at an early 5am.  A few hours later after a lovely sunrise the rest of the pack got to hit the trail as well in their chosen length of 100kms, 66kms or 33kms.

The day warmed quickly with temperatures up into the high 30’s (for some reason it always feels a good 5C hotter at Mt Stromlo). Red faces on some of the competitors showed that the heat was taking its toll on some, others however just seemed to shrug it off.

Gil took his camera and headed out to the back of the track, an area that is not often used for races (at least with Rocky Trail’s series). I stayed on the front-side and covered a new section of downhill with twists and turns with a few little drops thrown in for good measure.

It was a long day on the mountain but as so often is the case with the Rocky Trail series it was a great day on the mountain.

Full results can be found on Rocky Trail Entertainment’s website here

All the race images can be found in their galleries 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