Each year i cover this race, i learn some new details about the race itself, my capabilities as a photographer and the ultra endurance athletes (and how much more i need to ride). i find it amazing that one of the largest mountain bike races in the USA is held in my little home town of Loudonville, Ohio. Thanks again for those that took the time to hang out, have some Great Lakes and share your experiences from the race.
Once again, a big thanks to the race promotor Ryan Odell, his crew and all of the people that competed in this event. I would also like to throw a shout out to the Sleep Deprivation Champion of the world, Thom Parsons of Dirtwire TV as i cannot wait to see his video coverage.
Last but not least my thanks to Heidi Coulter – thank you again for your assistance along the Water Bar / Horse Trail section of the course – those that struggled along that section – check out Thom’s video on how to ride it.
Oh ya, the full gallery is posted – if there are any modifications, i will notify you all via Facebook.
As i get older, Winter seems to be more of a drag… lack of daylight and activity i guess (and i do not ski). This past Winter, i decided i needed a change. Being a music junkie, i decided to keep an eye on the small Ohio venues i used to haunt as well as trying to discover some new ones. When i was in college used to cover heavy metal shows as our editor hated the genre but wanted someone to be there to cover the shows. Being the only metal head in the shop that could run a camera i took advantage seeing and meeting a lot of up incoming bands that later became the staple of the scene.
Since last Fall i have enjoyed seeing The Last International, Slash with Myles Kennedy, Steel Panther, Mother Ship, the Saviors, Brant Bjork @ the Low Desert Punks, Corrosion of Conformity, the Reverend Horton Heat, Liz Phair, Smashing Pumpkins, Tribulation, Skeleton Witch, High on Fire, Abbath, the Rat Bastard Syndicate, Lo-Pan, Corrosion of Conformity (again), and Baroness.
That being said, i decided to revisit some old stomping grounds with the idea of getting the pit passes like i did over 20 years ago (and to make Winter suck less). Smart phones can take amazing photos but there is nothing like manually dialing in your exposure with good glass. Below are some highlights using an android system – hopefully next Winter i will be taking my trusty Nikon DSLR and capturing some great images of my favorite musicians.