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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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Ice Road Photography

So far the winter has not been kind. Snow has been scarce, freezing rain, ice, and sleet have been plentiful, and my riding has been limited to just two rides in 2017 thus far. My first ride on New Year’s Day on wonderfully groomed fat bike trails, and my second was a twenty-two mile loop on dirt roads near my home that were slick, frozen sheets of solid ice. The ride was dare not attempted with regular tires, and even after swapping over to the expensive, but worth every penny, 45NRTH Dillinger 4 studded tires I still often found myself with a kung-fu death grip on the bars; rolling along muttering prayers to the Ride Gods in hopes of keeping my collarbone–and my camera–intact.

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The New Year

I recently got out for the bike shop’s annual New Year’s Day group ride. This year we hit the new groomed fat bike trails at Snow Snake Ski & Golf in Harrison, Michigan to celebrate the new year. Had a great day rolling fatties on the Snake’s trails and I took the Fuji X-T1 along with me to snap a few photos here and there. Nothing spectacular, but some shots nonetheless.

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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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Quick Update: Farmhand Fat Bike Race

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Yesterday I drove down to take in some of the 2016 Brewery Vivant Farmhand Fat Bike Race and snap a few photos. My photos were hit and miss, with some of them being downright crap, but I managed to get a few shots that I dig. The JPEG version of Men’s Solo winner Bradley White (seen above) was one of my faves.

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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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