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!