WA Gravity Enduro racing (video)

This year is shaping up to be very busy for mountain bikers who race in Western Australia with no less than 3 separate series covering the newly emerging ‘enduro’ racing format and classic downhill racing.

Stage 3. Photo by A. Marinova

Stage 3. Photo by A. Marinova

To kick off the season WA Gravity Enduro (WAGE) organised a 4 stage enduro race at the Goat Farm, just half an hour’s drive away from Perth’s CBD. Being WAGE’s second event ever they did a fairly good job of organising the event with the biggest problem coming in the form of of timing system issues, meaning the first stage times were not counted towards the overall time. Continue reading

Lake Giles Singletrack

 

Lake Giles Singletrack

As some readers may already know I have been working away at constructing a fully featured dedicated mountain bike track at the Lake Giles exploration site. Most of the planning and building took place from late 2012 to mid 2013 using nothing but hand tools and recycled rainwater.

Located in the Yilgarn bush in Western Australia, this is not your local track! The nearest paved road is some 120km away, the nearest major town a good 250km  away and Perth just shy of 700km from the trail. Isolated and wild would be the best way to describe the bushland here, but it also uniquely beautiful – this is no desert!

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Paris December trip

I have a long history with Paris, I’ve been there numerous times – in fact my very first memories of being somewhere abroad are from Paris.

Having said that the experience has always been a different one for me. Paris has changed a lot in the last 15 years, both for the better and the worse, in my opinion.

Notre Dame through a droplet

 

The benefit of having seen all the important monuments and sights before is that it allows me to do what I like most when behind a camera – getting my eye in and seeing things my way, beyond what all the postcards show.

 

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Golden Grove downhill race

Entering my second downhill race, part of the Western Australia state series, I had a chance to snap some shots after my race run.

We also had the privilege of racing against none other than Sam Hill who took advantage of a long break between the UCI Downhill World Cup calendar to race at home. Not many sports give the opportunity of novices such as myself to race against a 5 time world champion, reputed as the fastest rider ever by many.

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Lake Giles, Australia Thunder and Lightning

Finally a chance to shoot some REAL lightning, not flashing clouds 30km away!!
Very lucky to not be getting rained on, yet having great lightning close enough to really get a good chance at documenting it. Some trial and error eventually turned into several pretty lucky shots – how else can you aim the camera in pitch darkness!As a side note, several of these images are composites of a few exposures, which is fairly self evident. I haven’t been quite as selective of the uploaded images as usual, but I think it’s worth seeing the different ways the images can be layered.

Skyworks, 2013 Australia Day

Another year in Perth and I finally managed to catch the Australia day fireworks display in Perth. No two ways about it – this was the wrong spot to be in – the water mist from the river boats fogged up my lenses and made everything hazy, there were people everywhere and no way to avoid having them in the frame and large trees blocked the view more often than not. Eitherway it was a fun show with a few interesting new twists!

Kambalda underground mine geology visit

Short half day trip visiting a nearby underground Nickel mine near the village of Kambalda in the Goldfields. It takes a long time to get some tourists to go down there, but the wait is worth it!

Needless to say dark underground settings do not make an easy photographic experience, but there are endless opportunities for someone who isn’t running around trying to see everything.

The endless mazes of tunnels are full of extreme activity, yet 500 metres further down can look as if some planetary exploration program was abandoned 15 years ago.

Trans Europe roadtrip

Instead of flying to Brussels a quick 3 day trip through Europe proved to be a very nice alternative indeed! Going through Slovenia on day 1, visiting the Skocjanske jame, then Postojna on the second day, followed by a drive through the Leogang UCI world championships track for this year (missed riding by a few minutes).

Day 3 included a quick cable car/walking trip to Zugspitze followed by a no-so fast getaway back to Belgium through a 2 hour traffic jam in Luxembourg.