MELGP // NCXS

With the conclusion of the VIC and National series I feel it's been a really good season for me. Racing with and against friends, supporting friends and photographing them in other grades. I loved seeing my Girlfriend Ariella race a few times in her debut season too. My second season and I decided to jump into B grade for the VIC series and M2 for the NCXS series when I raced nationals. It's been a really enjoyable season. I left my only crash to the last race (yesterday) and felt like I improved a lot. I'm looking forward to working on a few things in the off season and be ready to take on 2019.

As well as my racing improving, I felt like on the most part my photography has improved too. CX is fun to shoot and there are so many elements to consider. After my racing in the morning on both days at Round 8 and 9 of the NCXS at FOJ (MELGP) I got the new camera out and shot the Women's and Men's Elite races. I really enjoyed seeing some new interstate and international riders as well as the local favourites. 

Women's Elite Day 1

 Women's Elite ready to go

Women's Elite ready to go

 Sprinting on the startline

Sprinting on the startline

 Full gas into the first technical section

Full gas into the first technical section

 The sandpit was fast and fun downhill

The sandpit was fast and fun downhill

 Tough section to ride especially with a full field

Tough section to ride especially with a full field

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 One of my favourite shots from the weekend

One of my favourite shots from the weekend

 Australian National Champ jersey is always a good look

Australian National Champ jersey is always a good look

 Steep!! ~30% and no run up

Steep!! ~30% and no run up

 Winner!!

Winner!!

 Sprint finish for 2nd place

Sprint finish for 2nd place

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Men's Elite Day 1

 Jens Dekker - Always looked chill, on the start line in particular

Jens Dekker - Always looked chill, on the start line in particular

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 Jblood went on the attack early

Jblood went on the attack early

 First time up the hill, some rode, most ran

First time up the hill, some rode, most ran

 With Jens clearing off at the front, Goss was working on getting by Jblood

With Jens clearing off at the front, Goss was working on getting by Jblood

 Mechanical for Josh

Mechanical for Josh

 Solo Jens hitting the whoops 

Solo Jens hitting the whoops 

 Aitkin in the sandpit. possibly my favourite shot of the weekend

Aitkin in the sandpit. possibly my favourite shot of the weekend

 Nordo hanging a knee out to find balance

Nordo hanging a knee out to find balance

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 #cornerlikecaseystoner

#cornerlikecaseystoner

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 Ride the steps!

Ride the steps!

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 Winner!

Winner!

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Now the track has been reversed and ready for day 2

Women's Elite Day 2

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 New skinsuit, same result! 

New skinsuit, same result! 

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Men's Elite Day 2

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 Jens choosing to dismount and run up the other side

Jens choosing to dismount and run up the other side

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 Same as yesterday, a dominant perfomance

Same as yesterday, a dominant perfomance

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CX NATS 2018

Another great weekend of CX racing at the National Champs at San Miranda Winery.

Saturday was a wet race for us in Master 2 it was really fun and I felt like a had a good race, after heading back to the spot, washing up I headed back to watch and shoot the U23 mens in the late arvo.

U23 Men

On sunday I was much more relaxed, I decided to skip practice and head to the course in time to warm up and race but as usual I didn't back up from saturday very well, so it wasn't my most enjoyable race with a combination of eating too much and wrong tyre pressure I never felt comfortable on the second day. Once again I booted back to the spot and came back washed up and ready to watch and shoot Elite Women's and Men's before heading back to Melbourne.

Elite Women

Elite Men

Farm Life

Ari was working hard on her studies and couldn't make the racing so she worked at the farm and was kept company by Doug all day, staying with like minded friends meant we had heaps of vegan carbs to smash ourselves with as well as highland cows, alpaca's, birds, firewood and fresh air that only a weekend on the farm can offer.

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