2015 Rose Bikes BDS – Llangollen- Sunday. Race day.

I arrived back at Llangollen after a night of rain at home, wondering how many people would just sack the racing off altogether. Turns out a few did, but the numbers on the hill were still pretty high.

I walked up to the woods for seeding and watched some of the people come through. Some were struggling more than others and I heard shouts of Rider x down and not continuing over the marshals radios. The numbers were slowly dwindling.

The sun did come out though and racing was soon underway. Here are a few shots, mainly from the last jump/drop into the finish straight.

Wideopen Mag’s Charlie Hatton


Wideopen Mag’s Joe Parfitt


Wideopen Mag’s Rich Thomas


Wideopen Mag’s Kye Forte on his way to his Masters win


Kade Edwards


Josh Bryceland


Gee Atherton


Joe Smith – Winner of round 3 BDS


2015 Rose Bikes BDS – Llangollen- Saturday Practice.

Well it’s been a few years since I’ve managed to get to a downhill race. Luckily my rota fell kind with round 3 of the Rose bikes sponsored British Downhill Series at a fairly local venue, Llangollen.

Downhill was where I first started taking photo’s and it was good to be back on a (bloody steep) hill with my camera again. Here’s a few shots of Saturdays practice.

DMR Bikes Expert rider Richard Acott

BDS Practice-14

Master rider Justin Fisher-Cooke

BDS Practice-13

Youth rider Corey Watson chasing someone down
BDS Practice-15

Rachel Atherton checking out an unlucky rider

BDS Practice-16

Elite Women – Rachel Atherton

BDS Practice-17

Wideopen Mag’s Elite rider Rich Thomas

BDS Practice-18

Wideopen’s Jamie on the Periscope

BDS Practice-20

Rider 40

BDS Practice-21

NS Bikes’ Sean Davies

BDS Practice

Wideopen Mag’s Junior rider Charlie Hatton

BDS Practice-2

Wideopen Mag’s Youth rider Joe Parfitt

BDS Practice-3

Gareth Brewin – Elite

BDS Practice-4

GT Factory Racing Gee Atherton – Elite

BDS Practice-5

CRC/NukeProof Elite rider Joe Smith

BDS Practice-8

Atherton Academy Youth rider Kade Edwards

BDS Practice-9

Rose Vaujany Elite rider Katy Kurd

BDS Practice-10

CRC/Nukeproof Elite rider Mike Jones

BDS Practice-11

An early start

This is my first post of the new year. I’ve been busy with work recently and haven’t really had the time to keep up with this, and although I have had my camera with me most days, I haven’t done much with it.

I had planned to get up early on my day off to go and get the sunrise over Llangollen. After dropping my wife off at the train station at 5.40 a.m  I picked up a friend and headed over to Llangollen. After finding the car park, we headed up the Panorama Walk, only to miss the turn off to the point we wanted to get to, meaning a long walk around. Luckily, we had enough time to get to where we wanted before sunrise.

Greeted by this, we headed towards the end of the fence.



There was a lovely view of Castell Dinas Bran too from up there with the moon still visible.Image

I thought I’d try my hand at a panoramic of the scene. This is 9 vertical shots stitched using Microsoft ICE.



On the way back down to the car.


We then headed to Pistyll Rhaeadr in Powys. The highest waterfall in Wales.