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Beard of Zeus Faves

The act of actually racing my bike gets further and further away from my mind, as the act of photographing races gets further and further a part of reality. With that in mind I drove up to Traverse City this past Saturday to shoot some photos at the 2017 Beard of Zeus race. The race was the Short’s Brewing Fat Bike Series finale, and the 90 minute cyclocross-like format really lends itself to moving around the course and catching the action in various locations.

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2017 Fat Bike Nationals

This past Saturday I drove down to Grand Rapids to watch and photograph the Men’s and Women’s Pro Fat Bike Nationals. Lucky for me the Pro races didn’t start until 11 AM so I had plenty of time to sleep in, eat breakfast, watch soccer, and drink numerous cups of coffee before making the hour and a half drive. Unlucky for the race, Grand Rapids was unusually void of snow. While the absence of snow on a January day in Grand Rapids was indeed odd, it sure made for some fast racing!

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Stress Rolling

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These are crazy times in America. In my life I never thought I’d see our country mirroring the movie Idiocracy so much, or be quite so divided.  There is a lot of stress and fear in the air, and it is almost impossible to hide from it. The very people who helped create the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election side-show, are now continuing with up to the minute ridiculousness of woeful cabinet selections, and protests alike. Social media outlets continue to be a caldron of hate from both sides of divided America making it nearly impossible to view them without coming away a little more depressed with the state of our nation. It’s never been a better time to get out for a ride, get lost in the woods amongst the critters and the trees, or just hang out on your porch with the birds.

The following are some shots taken on ride and hikes over the past week or so with either the Nikon D7100 or Fuji X-T1. Thanks for looking. And take my advice–turn off the TV, step away from Facebook and Twitter, and get outside. Then have a beer.

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Dryer

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Dry corn under dark autumn clouds. (Nikon D7100).

Last week I found myself out my bike in wet, rainy, and foggy conditions more than once. That was fun, and made for some interesting photos, but it also took toll on my drivetrain, and my mojo. The next few rides were void of mud and rain, with some intermittent clouds and sun, and despite some increased wind, I have to admit I was pretty stoked to be dry.

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In a Fog

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I had the chance to get some miles in on Thursday and ride in some of the thickest fog I’ve ever seen here in central Michigan. Rain the night before made for muddy conditions, so I used my fat bike to plow through the slop, thus saving my higher end drivetrains from the gritty dirt and gravel. I also utilized a the Porcelain Rocket DSLR Slinger bag to house my Fuji X-T1, and a rear blinky to make sure I didn’t get smashed down by any tractors.

The following is a collection of photos that I captured that day using the X-T1 with the 55-200 mm lens. Thanks for looking.

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Winter’s Ugliness

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As lovers of the outdoors, we like to think that all of our winter activities are done in pristine white snow. Rolling fat bike trails packed tight, or skiing on trails groomed to perfection. Sadly, that is not always the case in winter. Temperatures rise and fall, snow melts in the day, freezes overnight, and then sleet and rain falls to compound the mess. Trails become useless, snow becomes slush, and mud becomes deep–it’s quite unattractive, but still worth documenting in my opinion.

This past weekend I did a quick two-hour ride that had me rolling over a little bit of everything that winter in mid-Michigan could throw at me: ice, snow, mud, slush, water, gritty sand, and more mud.

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Winter Rambling

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After a November and December that looked as if winter might be choosing to bypass Michigan, the new year has already brought some decent snow fall. Not enough to satisfy my cross-country skiing friends, not sure there’s ever enough for them, but enough to allow those of us with access to girthly wheeled fat bikes to enjoy riding over snowy fat bike trails in the woods or, in this case, on snow packed dirt roads (also knows as snirt roads) that surround many small towns in rural Michigan like mine.

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A Fat Morning Ride

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I recently got out for a midmorning fat bike ride on a local trail loop. I wasn’t out for all that long, just a little over an hour, but it was enough to stretch the legs out and enjoy the crisp winter temperatures and fresh snow. Of course that fresh snow made it hard to find the trail at times! Thank goodness for those orange markers on the trees!

Here are a few pics that I took with the Fuji X-T10.

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