There’s this crazy cycling race called the Mount Washington Bicycle Hill Climb in New Hampshire. Basically all you do is go uphill for 12 kms (7.6 miles). How crazy is that! I like flat or downhill surfaces, and the wind at my back please. Especially when the average gradient is 12% with some parts at 22%. No thank you.
But I have one of my good friends, Marc Mongeau, who’s nutty enough to do this race. And last weekend was the practice run before the big day in August. The road was open to registered cyclists between 5am and 7am. That’s a pretty early wake-up call for a Sunday morning. But being a photographer and knowing that some of the best light is early, I was happy to get up at 4:30am and encourage Marc during his “pain ride”… and take a few photos! 🙂
What’s important here is to have warm clothes. You won’t need them at first but about half way up when you’re in the clouds and above the tree line, the wind won’t be as forgiving. Even Marc, sweat and all, stopped to put on his wicked KISS arm warmers. 🙂 I was hoping for a clear sky at the top and set up my SB-800s to shoot Marc in all his tired glory but… it was thicker than pea soup up there.
Here are some of the images I took during the 1h32 minutes it took him to finish the run.
All images were post processed in Lightroom. No Photoshop whatsoever. You’ll notice that a few images have that lovely split toning effect that I showed you how to do in this lightroom split toning tutorial. If you don,t have Lightroom, you can also split tone in Photoshop. The rest of the images were adjusted using standard stuff like curves and saturation/vibrance.
Now, I need your help! I’d like to give Marc a print of one of these photos. Please let me know which one is your favorite and why. 🙂 It’ll be a good exercise observation as well. Thank you in advance for your input!