The Rough Draft

If you can't go through it. Go around it.

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I like the cars, well anything on wheels really but my heart is always going to be with the bikes.

The bikes were practicing on the uppermost part of the course from Devil’s Playground to the Peak. Because of the shape of the mountain, there’s no way to get up to the peak area without using the road or a lot of climbing ropes. However, if you took things slow, you got a really good look at the bike’s and related rigs practice efforts.

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It’s go time!

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All of the racing quads are as custom a machine as can be built.

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This one was one of my favorites as it looks like the bastard offspring of a lawn tractor and an F1 race car.

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The Ducati’s are part of a rider mentorship program to train newer riders on the course and how to run it. This came about because of a number of deaths amongst the bike riders in recent years.

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Here I’ve finally found a good spot amongst the rocks at the side of the track. The light level is good or at least workable. Here I’m shooting ISO 400 at 70mm (112mm equivalent) f4.0

Finding the proper balance to make sure you get good capture with proper speed implied takes a few shots to get right and of course on this type of race, you need to make sure your safety lanes are clear and known.

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It’s shots like these that make the whole day worth it.

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It’s always interesting to see the different approaches to the corners.

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One of the electric bikes. They’re all fitted with a car alarm, so you can hear them coming. I missed the first electric bike because I had no idea what was coming round the corner and they’re gone so quick from your part of the track, if you’re not ready for them, you will miss the shot.

 

 

 

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The Victory Tribute bike…

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Honda’s electric entry

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And that was the end of day one on the mountain. It took about half an hour to make my way back to the pit area. Kelly and I had to stop by the Gateway to strip off our many layers needed at the peak but not so much at the base. We made our way into Manitou Springs looking for a Pancake House. We found Uncle Sam’s Pancake House and of all the places we grabbed breakfast on this trip, it was the best. So god, we hit them up the next day as well. So two thumbs up for Uncle Sams in Manitou Springs.

The next day, the bikes were riding from the start line. Kelly and I decided we’d go back up to Devil’s Playground and catch whatever classes would be on the course up there.

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