I can’t believe Crankworx has come and gone so quickly. It has been a few years since I have been in Whistler for this amazing mountain bike festival and it seems as though I spent all summer looking forward to it and it just blew by. Although I was working long hours during the week, I did manage to get out and catch a couple of events.
I definitely haven’t got biking/sports photography dialed, but I suppose it’s all about getting out there and practicing. So here are a few photos from the Canadian Open Enduro (Stage 2) & the Garbonzo DH races.
Click a thumbnail to flick through photos!
Garbo DH Pics:
I’ll try to get my photos of the always epic “Joyride” and “Canadian Open DH” events up asap!
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Last week saw the fourth Phat Wednesday of the year in the Whistler Bike Park. As always my general goal is to ‘not’ be on the last page of the results. Sometimes I achieve this goals, sometimes I do not. Here is my race run from last week. Perhaps not the most exciting course but it was a lot of fun all the same.
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I just missed the sunset and orange clouds
Last night was another incredible night in Whistler. The sunset meant the clouds were showing a stunning golden glow. My original goal was to head out and attempt another ‘cloud trail’ style picture like this picture that I took in the UK. I was just a few minutes late getting set up and missed the glow so I decided to wait a few hours and try a star trail instead. I think it turned out pretty well!
It was a beautiful night over Blackcomb
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Every now and then a day comes along that simply hammers home why I live in Whistler. A surprise 32cms of fresh, dry, light powder and bluebird skies. How can you beat that? I suppose I should add that I got first tracks down several runs.
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A view from above
The Whistler Mountain Bike Park certainly has a lot to offer. A great deal of variety in the trails. Steep, difficult technical. Fast and smooth jump trails. Trails full of wooden bridges. Even green trails for the first timers. One incredible trail that opened in 2012 is the Top of the World.
Top of the World
It is a trail that starts at the peak of Whistler Mountain and allows a biker the potential to descend almost 5000 vertical feet to the valley floor.
Entering the ‘Top of the World’
Some mates and I went up for one epic lap last week. We stopped at various places on the way down to take some photos.
Top of the World
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Once again it’s been a little while between posts. I could list all of the excuses however I am pretty good at finding them so it would probably take 3-4 posts to do that, I’ll just apologize once more and get on with it.
It’s been a pretty busy week, lots of work, a bit of biking, struggling through marathon training and a fantastic camping trip. I am still working on the camping photos and I’ll get that post up tomorrow.
In the meantime I will put up a couple of photos I took last week. We had planned to do a full photo day, slowly moving through the park and trying to get some cool shots all over the place. The weather was around 30 degrees Celsius and humid. As a result none of us could really be bothered doing anything. We did struggle through one run before the heat was too much. I was testing out my new camera and was still finding my way around it.
I am hoping we get a couple more sunny days so I can take it back up and shoot properly now I know my way around the camera a little more and the weather has cooled down.
Stay tuned for my post on Semaphore Lakes. A great spot for a hike or an overnight trip.
***Marathon Training Update***
Today was the day for my weekly long run as I continue to prepare for the Seattle Marathon. There was a serious lack of motivation today for a number of reasons. The biggest deterrent was probably the torrential downpour that was occurring outside my window. The next biggest was the fact that I was looking at a 20.9 km battle. A text from my fellow marathoner pointing out that “…a marathon in Seattle, in December, is probably going to be very wet…” got me up on my feet and I when I realized that 20.9km wasn’t even half the distance I was training to run I figured I had better get myself out the door and into the elements.
In the end it wasn’t to bad, the rain kept me nice and cool. I hit a bit of a wall towards the end of the run but managed to struggle through it. I wish I could say I am looking forward to the long run next week.
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The Phat Wednesday crew chose a fantastic course on July 17th. Schleyer an all-time Whistler favourite trail, into a fairly technical final descent down lower Detroit Rock City.
I was able to get up on course to practice my mountain bike photography before I raced the track. My skills in this field are very minimal. It is amazing that every Wednesday there is a great opportunity to shoot racers of a very high caliber. Hopefully I’ll figure it out eventually. If anyone has any tips or advice please feel free to comment.
Riders of all abilities and ages show up to compete. Some of the kids that race are tiny yet they absolutely kill it.
All of these shots were taken on a wide-angle lens. Next week I think I’ll go back to a regular zoom lens and try a different technique.
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