Archive for September, 2011

Cyclocross racing at its finest.. New Brighton Park

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After a 2 year retirement from a very short stint at cross racing, I pulled out a cross bike and entered a race this weekend. The Wedgewood New Brighton Cyclocross race in Vancouver was the venue and my lungs the victim. I had a blast, cross is a great sport. It is neat to see the mountain bikers and roadies come together and compete in one event with two very different skillsets.

I came into this from the mountain bike side of things and with that comes a lack of training and an innadiquate cardiovascular system. That said, I still did pretty well and had a lot of fun. Plus, I had one goal for the race and it was achieved. My goal was to bunny-hop the barriers! Not only did I achieve that goal I found a photo on flickr that shows me doing it. You will have to believe me though – there is a barrier there.

 

Photo by Flickr user  iSmellFood

Photo by Flickr user iSmellFood

 

After the race I stuck around for another round of competition and snapped a few shots of the race. Enjoy!

 

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A Time Trial Of Sorts

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Today I decided to try something a little different. While it was not an adventure, nor was it even an endeavor it was a challenge of thought. The goal was to capture the motion of time in a static photo. With 15 minutes or so of playing around, this was what I came up with. It may not be perfect but I was pretty happy with the result. I would like to figure out how to do this over the course of a minute but still have the individual seconds highlighted. Another day, deeper thought!

 

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Interbike 2011 with a little bit of Cross-Vegas

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Another year at Interbike has come and gone. This year was not nearly as photo-centric as the last couple as the Moab Trip was not able to happen afterwards. That said, I didn’t even bring my camera kit, instead it was just the body and a couple of lenses. During the show, I did manage to get out to watch Cross-Vegas and that would have been a great opportunity to grab some shots. Hind-sight is always 20-20. Either way, here are a few photos from the drive to Nevada, Cross-Vegas, and a little bit of show.

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The perfect “Health Food” platter

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Absolutely crazy weather when we pulled in. Never seen it like this before!

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Team H&R Block rider Aaron Schooler awaiting the Cross-Vegas start. (He placed 15th)

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Cross-Vegas is a great event, starting field of 107

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Nothing quite like a night race either

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Low-Light Pan of Necessity…

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Aaron, pushing through trying to chase down fellow Canadian Kabush.

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Not everyone could hop the barriers, though many did

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As for the drive home, a few sections were worthy of a photo.

Another year down. Great show but so glad it is over!

A Late Summer Chilcotin Adventure

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The Chilcotin Mountains are close to the town of Goldbridge at the North end of The Hurley FSR. After a 4hr drive from North Vancouver and a short Float Plane ride, the city was a distant memory and the open wilderness was the reality. The trip was with two co-workers who had both been in the area before. Pat a seasoned vetran of the area would be the guide for a three day adventure.

Over the course of three days we covered approximately 75km and climbed approximately 4000m. Through some greuling hike-a-bikes, wicked singletrack and adrenalin pumping descents it is hard to not appreciate the terrain. This truly is a magnificent place. The views, wildlife and mountain biking are all spectacular.

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The above map shows the approximate area where we traveled. The first night was at Warner lake. From here we made our way over Deer Pass to Card Table Mountain. We then crossed over Castle Pass to Spruce Lake then up and over Windy Pass and Lick Pass back to Lake Tyax. An amazing trip that I am sure will reign as one of my favourite adventures for many Years to come. A big thanks to Pat Mulrooney for making the trip happen and Eric Lalonde for making the trio complete.

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And at the finish, I think Pat and Eric may have lost it a little bit…

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