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Trek CX Cup: Fake Disposable Film Project

The Trek CX Cup, held in Waterloo Wisconsin behind Trek Bikes HQ, is one of 7 World Cup events and the first-ever to offer equal payout to the men’s and women’s fields.

Besides this really cool detail, Waterloo is a quick drive from Madison, WI where I reside. Plus - I worked at Trek as a Photo Intern and in the Marketing Department over 5 years ago, so it was a treat to be back for the first time since I left.

Knowing this event was more of a reunion with old friends and less of a bike race, I knew the stakes were low if I came back with zero photos. So I packed up my mirrorless crop camera (Canon M50), closed the rear preview screen, popped up the flash and shot from the hip. I wanted to be more connected with friends and less connected with the viewfinder. I treated this project much like someone years ago might have treated a disposable film camera and toned the photos to match the same vibe. I walked away feeling fulfilled both from shooting out of my ordinary technique, but also from connections with friends I haven’t seen in a while.

Overall, photos great or not, this event was a success in my book. Enjoy my friends riding bikes.


Tour of California with Bontrager U23

Oh West, you’re beautiful.

On Stage 4 of the Tour of California I was given the unique opportunity to ride along in a race support car with none other than Axel Merckx - yes that Axel Merckx - behind the wheel. Let me start by saying he’s faster in this car than he is on a bike, and he’s FAST on a bike. I’ll also mention the thought of chasing the race in a support car sounds thrilling and full of photo oppertunities, but it’s actually the opposite. Majority of the time the racers are far ahead doing what they do best. But every now and again someone drops back to grab bottles for the team or we get to shoot ahead of other support cars to swap wheels or fix a malfunctioning bike. With that said, shooting gets pretty tough, but I was honored to be sitting in the passenger seat and enjoyed my time chatting with Axel and getting some behind-the-scenes info on how a professional road race goes down. I have a lot of appreciation for Axel and his work with U23 teams as well as professional cycling in general. Here are a few snaps from the passenger seat. Enjoy.