This past weekend, David and I drove down to Hot Springs to shoot the second leg of the Southern Enduro Tour, the Northwoods Enduro mountain bike race.
And also to see his dad and to have some of the world’s best BBQ.
The Southern Enduro Tour is a diferent mountain bike event than the one David and I photographed last year. This series of races is based in Texas with three of the six races located in Texas, two in southern Arkansas and the last one in Oklahoma. It has the same sort of grueling conditions that the mountain bikers love, but this time of year, just a wee bit colder.
David and I wanted to use this race as a means to shake off the cobwebs and rust after a long winter of not shooting regularly and to get ready for “our” Series beginning in May. We arrived at base camp mid-afternoon, located the race director and got the map of all the different stages and took a few behind-the scenes photos of life at base camp. It was actually pretty chill, people gathered around a campfire, trying to stay warm on the chilly, overcast day. There was a couple out walking their dog . . . well, the dog was trotting while the couple were on their bikes, pedaling up and down the parking lot. Friends were gathered together, laughing and chatting, the bike repairman was busy getting people’s bikes fine tuned for the next day’s main event. All in all, just a typical afternoon at base camp, the in between time of big sporting events that happens.