Stills V3

October 30, 2012

Descending

Filed under: Robert Hoehne — rhoehne @ 08:28

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  1. On Sunday I rode a 208km called Fitz’s Epic, about 120 other riders were also on this length. Other rides for the day were 255km, 165km, 105km and 50km, a total of over 1000 riders leaving at different times in the morning.
    I brought a camera which is something I will be doing every ride now on. This was the most gruelling 208km I have ever ridden, over 4500m ascent, 5700 calories or so burnt.
    Look closely bottom left, wombats leave their droppings on anything, even saw one placed on a glass bottle, many were on rocks and this one on a fallen post.
    This shot taken while riding up to Honeysuckle Creek, one of many painful climbs of the day.

    Comment by rhoehne — October 30, 2012 @ 08:30

  2. I can’t see the wombat droppings unfortunately as I would certainly have studied them! The downhill cyclist is definitely about the good bits of cycling (for me!) but eventually the brain catches up to say that it can’t all be like this!!

    A good landscape shot with nice details such as the cyclist’s shadow showing the position of the sun and, for some, the wombat droppings.

    Comment by zavaell — November 2, 2012 @ 07:48

  3. This does succeed in capturing the feel of being passed, in the opposite direction by those who reached the top before you during a ride out. You’ve also retained the bright bright slightly blue colour balance that brings high summer and altitude to life. The horizon speaks of a land with few people for its area.

    I led a group on a 50 mile ride (80kms) the other week and had a good morning out – albeit with less sun than you seem to have found – and am now planning the spring 100 miler, though I might stretch it to 200kms as that’s a recognised distance for Audax UK. On the 50 there were a few comments when we had a short section of rocky track to climb and I was able to ride up on my fat tyred tourer – the lads with skinny tyred road bikes all had to carry:)

    Comment by sojournerphoto — November 5, 2012 @ 00:58

  4. I love the curve and the feel of the descent which is not always apparent in a picture. Then the echoes of the curve in the double lines, the armco and even the sky makes a contribution to the composition.

    I still recall watching a Tour de France and they showed a video of a competitor famous amongst his colleagues for being the most reckless on mountain descents. No special jersey for descents but an acknowledgement that this chap was apparently fearless (or stupid) on descents. The video was terrifying and I recall his comment that the thing he feared most was coming round a bend and finding a heard of sheep in the road!

    Comment by Rex — November 6, 2012 @ 21:31

  5. Just a quick question Robert, also. How are you carrying your camera and using it whilst on the bike. I’m riding a bit further again and carrying the camera in a useful fashion is proving somewhat difficult, to say the least. I’m beginning to wonder about a bar bag.

    Comment by sojournerphoto — November 11, 2012 @ 22:00

    • I would have thought a bar bag was a good idea but I have used in the past (including on the PBP) a Camera Care padded camera bag slung over my shoulder with an extra strap around my waist.

      Comment by cgcooke — November 12, 2012 @ 23:25

      • you’ve done a PBP, wow, fantastic. I’m hoping to do the Sydney-Melbourne 1200 next November.

        Comment by rhoehne — November 13, 2012 @ 09:06

      • Wow, PBP and with a camera around your neck. I take my hat off to you sir!

        How did you work up to PBP – my biggest concern about the really long ones is how to cope without sleep and still ride safely (apart from getting the time off!)

        Comment by sojournerphoto — November 13, 2012 @ 12:48

      • Reply to Mike:
        Yes, you’re right to consider the safety aspect. I remember there was a time when I mistakenly believed it was impossible to fall asleep while riding a bike and it was probably some time during the year that I did the PBP that I realised you could. So some time that year I resolved never to keep pushing on if I thought I was in danger of doing so. But this means you have to make provision for such an eventuality (with regards to keeping warm).

        My friends, who had done it before, rode to a plan and pre-booked “beds” at certain controls, whereas I just winged it, sleeping where and when I felt I had to. My only regret is that I haven’t a clue how much time I actually spent sleeping or, come to think of it where!

        Yes I took a camera, but it was much smaller than an slr, though most people thought I was crazy that it wasn’t something that would fit into a back pocket.

        Comment by cgcooke — November 25, 2012 @ 00:23

    • I’ve been carrying it around my neck, the camera is quite light and I’ve used a custom setup to make sure turning on and shooting is quick and easy. I tuck it under my jacket or jersey while riding. Going up steep hills is obviously a good time to look around shoot since I’m usually doing single digit speeds.
      There is a concern that moisture could upset my camera, a handlebar bag would be best but I don’t have one, yet.
      I’m ride organiser for 2 Audax rides next year, the one I’m looking forward to sharing is the 200km with 100km of dirt roads. I think most carbon + narrow tyred bikes will not come

      Comment by rhoehne — November 13, 2012 @ 09:13

      • Yes, 200kms, with 100km of dirt does appeal. On our little 50 miler I took us up a steep and rocky path as well as along a couple of short gravel sections and the narrow tyred carbon lads carried like cyclocross racers. I rode through on the steel tourer with 2 inch clicks – more luck than judgement really, the carbon bike had a turbo tyre on the back and I fancied the lower gearing available on the tourer…

        Comment by sojournerphoto — November 13, 2012 @ 12:54


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