After years of trying I finally scored a MOTO spot in this year's Pro Challenge. I was a little nervous beforehand but it ended up being great. 

My driver, Robert was a true professional and very smooth. He's also a camera operator and photographer so he helped with shot ideas along the way too. Plus it was really fun! My hit rate was lower than normal but I managed to get some photos I like and I think the city of Gunnison will like as well. I hope I get another chance to take what I learned and get better shots!

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This was German Trek Factory team's Jens Voigt's final pro race before retirement. He's had a great career and he really seems to be a good sport. Cycling will miss him!IMGP0928

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That looked hard! The riders really had their resilience tested today as rain, hail, and lightning added some drama to the already long and taxing high altitude dirt pass. 

I questioned putting myself there with my son as lightning flashed overhead. We just kept shooting and tried to not be or be near the tallest thing. It seemed to work. Kudos to the riders. 

Next up is a moto ride tomorrow for the Monarch pass finish. It will certainly be an adventure! 

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I'm getting excited for shooting some photos of the USA Pro Challenge as it comes through our valley for the first time since 2012. Definitely one of the bigger events in Gunnison. Watch this space for 2014 race photos next week!

This is one of my favorite photos that I have taken of the race from 2011 in downtown Gunnison. 

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Contact me if you'd like to use this image (or any others) or purchase a print.

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I heard from a local old-timer that the West Maroon flowers are the best he has ever seen them right now. I figured I'd better check it out and get some photos! I wanted to get sunset and sunrise so I did a little overnight backpack trip. If you can, I highly recommend checking out the Colorado high country wildflowers soon. They are the best I've ever seen!

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So worth the effort!

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July 1424

Summer sunsets

Well, summer just seems to be racing by. It's been a nice one so far and lately the sunsets have been just amazing!

I've been trying to catch them when I can. The mosquitoes are pretty bad around the water and meadows but the scenery is worth it.

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July 1407

Happy 4th!

After an early morning hike with my lovely wife and hanging out at a barbecue I headed up nearby "W" Mountain (technically it's called Tenderfoot but most people call it W due to the big W on it) to see if I could get some interesting shots of the fireworks. I wanted, as I usually do, to get something from a different perspective than what most people see. 

I saw a big moose on my way up which is unusual here and especially so close to town. I couldn't get a good photo of the moose but I think I did reasonably well with the fireworks. I feel like a lot of fireworks shots lack any foreground interest. I think a good fireworks photo should have some context so that was my intent here. 

If you celebrate the 4th of July I hope your day was a good one as well!

You can buy a print of this photo here.

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June 1425

Go Jefe!

My friend and neighbor Jefe Branham is currently dominating the Tour Divide mountain bike race and may break the course record. This is a 2745 Mile long race from Canada to (almost) Mexico. He is 11 days in at Mile 1850 and now sits 350 Miles ahead of second place. He makes up time by skimping on sleep and riding hard. Wow!

Live gps tracking can be seen here.

As always he is humble but appreciative of praise. I hope I didn't annoy him with my enthusiasm this morning!

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Update: He won by a wide margin in about 16 days and two hours. Yeah! 

 

Update2: Keep an eye out for the second photo in the next Stan's NoTubes catalog! Yeah! :)

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Nice work to all the competitors! I was very impressed with the skill level I saw.  

I took a lot of photos for the morning competition and they are available for prints and downloads here.

 

Unfortunately I was unable to take photos for the afternoon competition. I did get some of the awards, but that was all. :(

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Thanks for being patient! It takes a while to tag them with the bib numbers and uplod them to the site but they are finally up. Tagging is important so you can search for your bib number and not have to look through every photo. That's over 700 photos between both days. My shutter finger is tired, but probably not as tired as your legs!

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Click here for the Full Growler photos

Click here for the Half Growler photos

 

Great job riding out there and thanks to all the volunteers, Gunnison Trails, and to Dave Wiens for creating this event!

-Matt

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I'm still uploading the Full Growler shots, but the half growler is up. Click here to see them.

To find yourself, click the magnifiying glass in the upper right and enter 2014HalfGrowler and your bib number.

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Let me know if you need help with any of it.

Great job out there, thanks for looking!

-Matt

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