Having a great love for mountain biking and riding a lot myself, it was an absolute treat to be able to do the photography for this year’s annual Lake Eland Quattro Classic at Lake Eland Game reserve in Oribi Gorge. I have to add that this is one of my favourite tracks to ride on, with most of the 40km and 25km course being well maintained single track. To add to the treat, you are sure to spot plenty of game, ranging from Giraffe to Eland on your ride.
I did the course the day before to familiarise myself with the best spots to get the best images. It was hot. The day of the race was even warmer, with temperatures reaching 42 degrees in the gorge. Looking back at it, I am not sure how I made it through the day to get all the photography done without dehydrating at some point. How the cyclists made it around the course in the time they did is quite astonishing, and says a lot about the fitness levels of some of the athletes that took part in the race.
I think next year I’ll race again instead of doing the photography. It is just too good a race to miss. Enjoy the photos.