Gallery: The Jetblack 24 Hour through the lens of OuterImage

“Photography is an art of observation.

It has little to do with the things you see and

everything to do with the way you see them.”

Elliott Erwitt

The Jetblack 24 Hour is entering its second decade of racing with Rocky Trail Entertainment in 2019! For the second time it will be held on 23+24 March 2019 in Lidsdale State Forest with the event centre at Rydal Showgrounds and supported by Lithgow City Council and the Central Tablelands MTB Club. >> Check out our venue blog here!

With the support from our event sponsors all participants will receive an access code in the week after the race to download their race images from the online portal for FREE.

We have asked our photography crew from to show us their highlights from last year’s event and tell us how they saw the event through their lenses. Thanks to Gilbert Romane for ‘riding down memory trail’ for us!

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.”

Location location location. Rydal has amazing facilities and plenty of space to setup your camp.
Secret is out, 24hour racing at Rydal is popular come join the fun.
Bring your mates, race each other and make some memories that will last a lifetime.
Couples who ride together, stay together. 24Hour racing is the perfect couples weekend away riding as little or much as you want.
Whether your first 24Hour or a veteran everyone is welcome on the trails.
Bring your team, race each other or race the other teams for the top podium step.
With support from government groups like forestry corp, we all get to enjoy the outdoors.
As the light fades and the air cools turn on the lights and roll into another world of night riding/racing.
A track with challenges for all skill abilities.
A course with features for all skill abilities.
Race a 7x world champion doing what he does best, see how you stack up.
Smash out a lap, go for that personal best just don’t forget to have some fun.
Uhhh… Did I say you can race a world champ.
All the kids are doing it, shows us and your mates your skills.
Women’s racing is all smiles and dust.
Flowing on the trails in the warm sun, no better way to spend your weekend.
Go mate go.
Track is suitable for all riders and you can make it as challenging as you want with how fast you go.
A sport that enduces smiles and good times.

See you at the start line – time to get those entries in!