Something I have really wanted to get into in mountain biking. I’m even more determined to get into it now after visiting the commonwealth games mountain bike track at Cathkin Braes, near Glasgow. My pictures were to go with a first person feature by reporter and blogger Fiona Russell who was visiting the track with team Scotland’s Lee Craigie.
The track itself has been designed by world renowned mountain bike course designer Phil Saxena. The course makes great use of the natural landscape and includes creatively carved out man made features. The backdrop , with stunning views over Glasgow, could become one of the most talked about sights of the commonwealth games.
The trails will provide the city’s people with a legacy, as well as an exciting spectator opportunity. Many hundreds will watch in awe as the 50 male and 30 female Glasgow 2014 riders go head-to-head in the cross country races next August.
It is expected that the crowds will also be inspired to ride the games route, and another wider network of trails at Cathkin Braes. The trails are in a very accessible location and there is something for riders of all ages and abilities to enjoy.
I love doing features like this where I can really get my teeth into them and try and tell the story through my pictures.
I started off by doing set up shots of Fiona and Lee, first on their bikes, then standing posing. I was trying to include the stunning backdrop of Glasgow in the background as the views are amazing. You really feel that you are looking down on to the city below you. Next I got action shots of Fiona and Lee riding the course. I got great shots of Lee on the more technical sections and drops, she couldn’t have been more helpful even when I was getting her to repeatedly carry her bike up the trails just to come back down again.
Over all it was a great day and hopefully it will be me up there one day riding the trails with my own bike.