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Australian Mountain Bike - - Contents - WORDS: MIKE BLE­WITT PHOTO: DAVE ACREE

In the world of moun­tain bik­ing, there are some peo­ple who work re­ally hard for their love of the sport. They get up early, they go to bed late, spend a lot of time in the mud, dirt and dust, they use gear that is al­ways on the verge of wear­ing out, and they don’t get to choose the con­di­tions they ride in. All that, and they have to ride with about 25kg of gear on their backs!

That’s right, moun­tain bike pho­tog­ra­phers are of­ten the hard­est work­ing peo­ple in the sport, but they are a key part of show­ing us the sport we love, and help­ing make us in­spired to ride. A good photo can rip us out of a hump day slump, and make us amped to get on our bikes and ride.

With gen­er­ous help from Shi­mano, we launched the AMB Photo Awards ear­lier this year, to recog­nise and re­ward the best pho­tog­ra­phers in the world. Vot­ing was open across four dif­fer­ent cat­e­gories that re­ally high­lighted what moun­tain bik­ing means. And it was you, our read­ers, who de­cided what was in­spir­ing, what was mo­ti­vat­ing – and what you thought truly cap­tured moun­tain bik­ing. Those win­ning photos are part of what makes up this is­sue, with in­sights from the pho­tog­ra­phers about their im­ages - as well as the amaz­ing win­ning port­fo­lio by Si­mon McLaine which was se­lected by our ex­pert panel of judges.

Moun­tain bike pho­tog­ra­phers cre­ate the im­ages that cap­ture our sport around the world, that com­mu­ni­cate our pas­sion and ex­cite­ment, and make us want to get out and ride. En­joy their hard work in this is­sue

We’ve also got the 2017 UCI Moun­tain Bike World Cham­pi­onships cov­ered in this is­sue, which was hugely in­spir­ing. It’s hard not to want to ride more, and in­crease your skills and fit­ness when you watch the world’s best tackle a de­mand­ing course like those at Smith­field. It’s all in our wrap up in this is­sue, but be sure to head to our web­site at AMB­mag.com.au to see the epic gal­leries shot by Robert Conroy and Dave Acree over the five days of com­pe­ti­tion.

Dig into Is­sue #164, and get in­spired to ride!

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