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Keystone Bike Adventure

Aug
20

It is about 683 from Las Vegas to Keystone Bike Park in Dillon, Colorado. According to Google Maps that’s approximately 9 hours, 40 minutes of drive time. After wrapping up a wedding shoot on Sunday, my good friend (and biking partner) and I  jumped in the wagon and headed for Denver to spend a couple days riding cross country and downhill at the Bike Park. I have duel Yakima Cobra Racks that are currently sporting two, KHS 304 Mountain Bikes. We call these our “tweener” bikes. Light weight, but rigid, with about 3 inches of play in the front and rear shocks, these 8 speed mountain bikes are a nice blend of cross country and uphill as well as versatile enough for some light to moderate downhill (with a little experience). So anyway, after nearly 12 hours of driving through the night, (not 9 like Google suggested), and 3 hours of sleep at a friend’s beautiful mountain home, we arrived at the River Run village and hopped on the Ski lift for a ride to the top of Dercum Mountain and the beginning of the 5 mile system of trails to the bottom. I will be writing a review of the trails in a later article for mtobikes.com but suffice to say that after only 15 minutes of riding, my buddy misjudged a jump that resulted in a 3rd degree fracture of his collar bone. 12 hours of driving, 683 miles worth of gas, 3 hours of sleep, two days worth of lift tickets and McDonalds for breakfast……$450.00. The look on my partners face after only 15 minutes of riding, knowing we were done and heading home… well you know the answer to that….

(ps. I still had a great time and we will be heading back as soon as the snow melts in May 2009!)

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Matt & Roxy’s Las Vegas wedding

Aug
17

Spent the day with Matthew & Roxy. Saturday was their wedding day and we began at the Green Valley Ranch for some getting ready shots before moving to the Revere Golf club for the ceremony and a really fun, lively reception. The couple reserved the entire venue and the whole feel of the party was club like, yet intimate. As the guests finished dinner, we were able to sneak off unnoticed for a few minutes, to capture some romantic shots as the sun set over Las Vegas. To Roxy and Matt – thanks for your hospitality and for trusting me to “get all the shots”. Here’s a teaser and I can hardly wait to show you the rest…….

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Mountain Biking on Mt Charleston

Aug
13

My brother and I took a few hours out of a very busy schedule to do some mountain biking up at Mt. Charleston this week. Located just below the Ski Resort, the Bristlecone Pine Trail is friendly to both hikers and mountain bikers alike. We pedaled up the lower trail for about 4 miles of double track through beautiful groves of Aspen and Pine before reaching the top. After a short rest to get our lungs back, we launched into a very fast, narrow, and exhilarating single track downhill run. Shooting through the forest, between narrow gaps in the trees, over exposed root systems and some great drops was a blast. Unfortunately, the downhill ended way too soon and having arrived late in the afternoon, it made a second run imprudent because of fading light. However, we will definitely be running this trail again before winter hits the summit. If you’ve done this trail before, leave us a note or comment and tell us what you thought. Or, if you’re interested, shoot me an email for specifics / directions to this great single track ride. Next week we are heading to Denver for some more single track and hopefully a little white water rafting, stay tuned……

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