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Aspen Lodge CycloCross

Holy crap, where have I been?!? Sorry to be silent for so long, bloggies. The last 4 months have been some of the busiest of my life, and unfortunately the blog got thrown under the bus. But enough apologizing. Tons of great stuff was going on, and lots more is on the horizon. Among my favorites from the last few months are:

-Doing an art gallery of climbing images at the prAna store in Boulder to benefit the Access Fund.
-Taking a trip with Genny and our friends Travis and Laura in a VW bus to the Black Hills, SD.
-Attending the ever-crazy, always-tiring and mostly fun Outdoor Retailer trade show in SLC.
-Teaching an intro to Adventure Photography Workshop, here in Boulder, with Julia Vandenoever, Photo Editor of Backpacker.
-Spending two days at the gorgeous YMCA of the Rockies in Estes Park with Yoga Journal, shooting their annual Yoga Conference.
-And as always, doing lots more shooting with those rambunctious YogaSlackers.

Ok ok. Enough about the past, Ben. What’s this about the Aspen Lodge CycloCross?

One of my favorite bunch of images I’ve taken in recent weeks was just the other day, and was entirely serendipitous. After spending a few days in the mountains at an awesome place called Camp Timberline, hanging out with a bunch of high schoolers and gettin’ wild with some ziplines and epic nighttime games of capture the flag, Genny and I were on the way to Estes Park to get some pie, and drove by what appeared to be a pretty rockin’ CX event. With my gear in the car, a very patient, awesome wife, and a complete inability to pass by something like that without stopping to shoot, I pulled into the event and started firing away.

Cycling, of any sort, isn’t something that I’ve shot much of; and I always love the opportunity to try my hand at shooting a new sport. There’s a certain freedom you have when approaching a sport that you don’t typically cover. Especially when no one is relying on you to bring home the goods. You get to approach the action with a clean slate, an open mind, and no preconceived ideas of what that sort of photography ought to look like. I had never even seen a CX race go down before, so I wasn’t even sure what to expect; which just makes it all the more enjoyable for me as a shooter. The unexpected and the unknown are very often, the most enjoyable. Everything you see is for the first time, as you take it all in through the lens. Then you just react, and try to capture all the action, energy and emotion as it unfolds before you. Just like an athlete who cross-trains, I always find shooting that things besides my usual sports are excellent at honing and sharpening skills for when I’m back on the usual beat.

I had a super great time taking in the Aspen Lodge CycloCross event, and big thanks go out to the people at DBC Events, for putting it on. And head over to 303Cycling for an event wrap up and race results.

All images shot with the Pentax K-7, DA* 16-50mm f/2.8 and DA* 200mm f/2.8

Lastly… Mad props to the kid above for riding the hardest part of the course on his sister’s pink Strider bike.

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