Stromlo Forest Park has so many different trails and hidden gems – even for the locals! It is located just 15 minutes outside the City Centre of Canberra. Since 2009 we have had more than 7,000 #rockytrailracers race with us at Stromlo Forest Park – we love the ever-expanding and evolving trail network and putting together our favourite trail combinations for you, always inspired by input from our local racers!
Here, together with our photographer crew from OuterImage.com.au we want to share our photo highlights from last year, to give you a taste of this amazing trail network! – Scroll down for the photo gallery!
Rocky Trail “Capital Trifecta” at Stromlo in 2019:
For 2019 we are presenting three races at Stromlo Forest Park under the banner of the “Rocky Trail ACT Event Series” and thanks to the support by Events ACT and our naming rights sponsors all rider photos will be included in the entry fee.
The first race will be the Shimano MTB Grand Prix, which is a 4 and 7 hour race on 13 April, followed by the Fox Superflow, sealed by Stan’s and we have asked our photography crew from OuterImage.com.au to show us their highlights from our April race there last year, which was the AMB100 Marathon. Thanks to Gilbert Romane for ‘riding down memory trail’ for us to tell us how he saw the event through their lenses.
Stromlo Forest Park through the OuterImage lens:
We take photos as a
return ticket to a moment
Says Gilbert Romane from Giro Visuals, a founding partner of Outer Image Collective:
“Photography and in particular sports photography has always been about capturing the precise moment of peak action, a fraction too early or late and the excitement is gone. Shooting different forms of mountain bike racing brings different challenges and with it a variety of visuals. With downhill and enduro style riding capturing the “big air” or “tricky trail feature” makes the task a little easier as the gravity induced thrill seeker loves the moments, lives for them in fact. Turn the wheel and focus on the cross-country athlete and the big jumps and features are gone but with that a change to strength and endurance. The task now is to capture, in a split second, the drive and determination to win the race even when that means the finish line may be hours away. So many people don’t see the grimace, the mud in the eye, the claret congealed on the knee they only see the raised arms as the winner steps atop the top podium. For me capturing these tough times help share the struggles of the sport and an athletes ambitions, pushing me to sit out on the trails all day lugging camera gear enabling me to capture engaging and memorable photos.”
Visit our Rocky Trail ACT Events Web Portal with links to all event websites with race information and you can already sign up for the Shimano MTB GP! In the weeks leading up to the races we will be sharing ideas about What’s On off the race tracks too – see you at Stromlo Forest Park!