DU Ski Team has a couple of Alpine World Championship Medalists!

I recently had the honor to photograph two FIS Alpine World Championship Medalists. Erik Read and Trevor Philip, both from Calgary, Alberta, are current members of the DU Pioneer Ski Team. Erik and Trevor competed for the Canadian Team that won the Silver Medal in the Team Championships in Vail, Colorado this past winter. Both athletes were great sports and did a super job working with me to get this shoot done successfully.

Winning a medal at the Wold Championships is a goal for many and an accomplishment realized by few. DU is very fortunate to have not only athletes of this caliber, but fine young men like these two in their program.

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Denver Pioneers Alpine World Championship Silver Medalists Trevor Philip (left) and Erik Read.

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Erik Reid, FIS Alpine World Championship Silver Medalist.

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Trevor Philip and his FIS Alpine World Championship Silver Medal.

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Check out this hardware!

 

Mtn. Slopestyle…..Go Pro takes over the Vail Mtn. Games

This summer Go Pro took over the Vail Mtn. Games and the result was an unbelievable show of skill, excitement, and adrenaline as well as some serious bumps and bruises. The event fell a week after the Outlaws of Dirt comp in Lyons, Colorado and many riders had their tricks dialed in. It was a very full day with wind, rain, dust and sun.

A highlight of the slopestyle contest had to be the “Open Loop”, with its high-risk-high-reward, the loop was a question mark for the competitors and judges alike.  A few brave souls attempted the daunting feature through practice rounds and qualifying and even fewer used the feature in their final rounds. Others opted to get creative with lines and some huge, crowd pleasing, transfers were put down.

Riders and fans all seemed pleased with the course and layout and, with the introduction of the “loop”, the bar was definitely raised. Now it’s only a matter of time before these guys begin to “trick” it!

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Denver Dirt…..Clean-up, clinics, and big air at Barnum North Bike Park.

Last Saturday the Friends of Barnum North Bike Park hosted a coming out party for their young dirt jump park. Hordes of riders, families and fans from the local neighborhoods and beyond came together to celebrate the opportunity to enjoy this unique facility. The message was simple and clear; be a part of keeping the park a fun, safe and enjoyable place for anyone who wants to enjoy it.

Trestle Bike Skills Course at Barnum North Park is a Denver City park, located just west of  Federal on 8th Avenue. The park is managed by an all volunteer crew of hardy diggers led by Nick Soloninka. This crew works hard to play hard and took every advantage of the large crowd that came out Saturday to build new features and teach correct course maintenance and bike skills.

This event was about putting the community back into cycling.” -Nick Soloninka.

Hard work was not the only draw for this event. Free bike repairs were provided by Salvagetti Bicycle Workshop and demo bikes were available from COMBA, Colorado Mountain Bike Association. Groundwork Denver provided free helmets and gave away a bunch of bikes to lucky attendees. The fan favorite, however, had to be Vanessa and her delicious hot dogs that tasted awesome after some hard work in the dirt.

Once the work was done it was time to play and the crowd was not dissapointed. Kids got to learn the skills of the park’s pump track and many local pro riders, including Dominic Megalli, put on quite an air show, flipping and whipping and signing autographs. Not a bad party for a young park.

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2013 Winter Mountain Games…..Vail puts on a winter action-packed show.

The Vail Valley FoundationVail Resorts, Eddie Bauer and Go-Pro got together and created a fantastic opportunity for winter snow-sport athletes and more to show their stuff at the 2013 Winter Mountain Games. The event was held February 8th-10th and featured ice climbing, ski mountaineering, and some testy snow-cycling events. Demos and a gear village were highlighted by incredible competition all weekend.

Saturday’s events were all about big air as both telemark skiers and mountain bikers took to the huge jumps on Golden peak. Practice was held in the afternoon and under ever-changing weather the athletes prepared for their main event, to be held under the lights. The stage was set for a fantastic show and just to add a little more spice to the competition the organizers added fire!

The riders dazzled, the fans cheered and the competition heated up. Garrett Robertson took top honors in the bike best trick with his ultra-slow front flip, dubbed “The lawn dart”. He shared the top step of the podium with telemark champion, Andreas Sjoebeck. Everyone turned out to be winners Saturday night and were rewarded by a heart pounding concert by John Brown’s Body.

Thanks to Plus Size BMX for rounding up some great competitors. More images from the big air may be seen here.

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With a little help…..Brighton Jumpspot is the real deal.

What started as a dream for an industrious young man has now come true. With the help of the city, some local experts, a flock of volunteers and the support of family, the Brighton Jumpspot is ready to go. Come out and check out this awesome new spot and don’t forget to thank those that made it possible.

A 17 year old Junior at Brighton High School, Logan Holland, is the driving force behind the Jumpspot. He tells his story of the process that took his idea to reality.

“I have enjoyed riding for several years. After traveling to parks, like Valmont and Frisco Adventure Park, I felt the need to find a place closer to home to build my own jumps. I tried to pull favors or find any property with water near by with solid dirt. Months later, after many failed efforts, Dan Schmatz built a line of seven wood to dirt jumps less than 5 minutes from my house. Not knowing him yet, I pursued meeting him to get a hook up to ride and build on the private property.

After meeting Dan, he introduced me to more riders and friends. I got more and more into the sport and began to ride every day. Soon after, my long time friend, Toby Heidt, (whose dad is a Brighton City and Recreation Manager) who knew about my drive to pursue a place to build my own jumps, came to me and said that the city has too much dirt. Another friend, Peter Phibbs, has been pushing a bigger bike community in Brighton for a long time. With bikes on the city’s mind, and too much dirt for the city to handle, I jumped on the opportunity.

After the first three meetings of feeling like a big shot, explaining dirt jumps and the whole language of what a hit, hip, table, gap, fruit cup, wall ride, or spine are, the vision of the parks true potential began to develop. I started to create drawings of what we could do on the half acre, but nothing really helped. However Dan Schmatz then called in a favor with his friends at Plus Size BMX. With all the different skills that the awesome Plus Size BMX crew had, we had a legitimate drawing that could be approved by the city and by the insurance. After this, we realized that it would take a lot of favors and money to have a decent park.

Between the city, Dan, Plus Size BMX, Casree Holland, (another person who has been an immense help towards the creation of the park) and countless volunteers the park came together within a span of about three weeks. I feel very blessed that the park came about the way it did and I am grateful for the opportunities and thankful for all of the learning. Thank you for the opportunity.” Logan Holland-Brighton Jumpspot Mastermind.

Way to go Logan!

 

Teva Games 2012…..Vail puts on a great show

Vail again hosted the Teva Mountain Games this past weekend and the show was unbelievable. The crowds were huge and the athletes did their best to entertain and compete for the glory that only Teva Gold can bring. What a great opportunity to see such variety in sport right here in our own backyard.

BMX Clinics at County Line…..Plus Size BMX teaches kids how to Go Fast!!

Plus Size BMX has teamed with SE Bikes, Joe’s Bike Shop, Black Market Bikes, VP Components and Pryme Protective Gear to create a series of fantastic clinics teaching young riders the fundamentals of racing, street and park riding. The clinics are hosted along Colorado’s front-range and take advantage of the many great places to ride here. Led by local pro-rider Mike Murfitt Jr., each clinic focuses on safety, rider etiquette and fun.

A recent trip to County Line BMX featured racing technique. Participants learned starts, cornering, rhythm and especially speed in this fun and safe environment. Stay tuned for other features from these great clinics.PSBMX CLC DD 001 PSBMX CLC DD 002 PSBMX CLC DD 003 PSBMX CLC DD 004 PSBMX CLC DD 005 PSBMX CLC DD 006 PSBMX CLC DD 007 PSBMX CLC DD 008 PSBMX CLC DD 009 PSBMX CLC DD 010 PSBMX CLC DD 011 PSBMX CLC DD 012 PSBMX CLC DD 013 PSBMX CLC DD 014 PSBMX CLC DD 015 PSBMX CLC DD 016 PSBMX CLC DD 017 PSBMX CLC DD 018 PSBMX CLC DD 019