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
Joe Smith – Winner of round 3 BDS
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
Master rider Justin Fisher-Cooke
Youth rider Corey Watson chasing someone down
Rachel Atherton checking out an unlucky rider
Elite Women – Rachel Atherton
Wideopen Mag’s Elite rider Rich Thomas
Wideopen’s Jamie on the Periscope
NS Bikes’ Sean Davies
Wideopen Mag’s Junior rider Charlie Hatton
Wideopen Mag’s Youth rider Joe Parfitt
Gareth Brewin – Elite
GT Factory Racing Gee Atherton – Elite
CRC/NukeProof Elite rider Joe Smith
Atherton Academy Youth rider Kade Edwards
Rose Vaujany Elite rider Katy Kurd
CRC/Nukeproof Elite rider Mike Jones
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.
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.