Monthly Archives: May 2012

Halo British downhill series 2012 #2 @ Fort William – Race runs

Photos from race runs at the BDS event in Fort william. Unfortunately due to time restrictions I was unable to stay until the end of the race runs.

All photos now online (and for sale) on Flickr, my facebook page and Roots & Rain.

Next stop Fort William mtb World Cup in June! 😀


Halfords tour series 2012 – Round 2 – Durham

The 2nd round of the Halfords Tour series rolled in to Durham last night. In its 3rd year now, the series consists of 11 round, over the course of a month with races taking place twice a week. As the events take place on tight urban circuits the racing is always guaranteed to be fast and furious.

The durham round proved to be no different and takes place on what is probably one of the most challenging circuits in the series, taking in a punishing cobbled climb. What’s more, the main climb is taken with virtually no run up due to the almost hairpin bend at the bottom and was made even more treacherous by in the hours running up to the event.

It goes without saying that this sort of circuit suits a strong rider as opposed to the usual ‘pocket rockets’ that dominate criterium racing. Tonight was no different with Rapha Condor Sharp rider Kristian House attacking around halfway through the hour long race. Once he had dispatched with his fellow escapees he continued to pile on the pressure in his inimitable style. By the final bell lap, confident in his 30 second lead he was already celebrating and eventually crossed the line arms aloft to a thunderous cheer from the crowd.

finishing off the podium placings were the endura racing duo scott thwaite and Ian bibby, the latter being a former international level cross country mountain biker and so perfectly suited to a challenging course such as this. With team mate Jonny McEvoy in 5th it was inevitable that the Endura racing team would take the team classification in this round and thus extend their lead over Rapha Condor Sharp. Unsurprisingly Kristian House now leads the Boardman bikes Sprint competition, cleaning up all the bonus sprints during his solo to victory.

As per usual, click the photo below for more of my photos of the race. Highlights are also on ITV4 tonight (friday) at 8pm.


Halo British downhill series 2012 – Round 2 – Fort William

I took a trip up to Fort William last weekend for the second round of the 2012 Halo british downhill series. With Bad weather forecast for the Sunday the lessons learnt at Glencoe last year were put into action. Rather than pinning all hopes on the weather holding out for the race runs on the Sunday, this year the decision was made to move the Qualifying runs to Saturday Afternoon so as to have at least one race run completed should the weather turn bad.

As it happened this was exactly the case and word came round mid afternoon that day 2 wasn’t to be and the final result would be determined on saturday’s race run.

in an extremely talented field of rider, including over 50 elite rider, the fastest run of the day was posted by reigning world champion Danny Hart. This was despite losing his chain somewhere on the motorway section and having to pump/aero tuck his was down the final part of the course! In the women’s category was junior world champion Manon Carpenter with former world champion Rachel Atherton hot on her heels. Testament to the brilliance of these two rider the next best female rider was an amazing 35 seconds back!

Click on the image below for more photos from Saturday’s practice session. I hope to get some photos from the race run up over the next few days.


Train @ Manchester Academy – 6th May 2012

I went to see train in concert at the Academy in Manchester last night (Sunday).

Of course I had to take a camera with me!

As much as I’d love to be an official photographer for events such as this I should point out that in this case I was merely another fan with a camera.

Although I was just using my compact camera (Canon powershot A710is) I have to say I’m pretty impressed with how it handled the tricky task of shooting in these conditions 😀

As usual click through the picture for more photos.

I’ve also posted a video on youtube of the band (with supporting acts Matt Nathanson and Elle King alongside all their roadies/techs) performing a tribute to the late Beastie boys founder Adam Yauch.