Archive for category: mountain biking

January 28, 2014
28 Jan 2014

Mountain biking in the snow because you are a bit…

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I am crazy about mountain biking. I have some crazy friends. Said crazy friends ride bikes of the mountain variety. The aforementioned crazy friends invited me ride in the snow. I said yes and I had a great time mountain biking in the snow. Correction, I had a great time mountain biking in a snowstorm. My big takeaways are that snow provides a lot more traction than you might think and snow is slow and therefore tiring. Not to mention how exhausting it is for your body to keep you alive in the elements. Thanks Matt for helping me be a little crazy!

October 31, 2013
31 Oct 2013

Personal projects: Mountain bike jumps in the fall

DC Photography | Evan riding at The Farm in Leesburg, VA. © Garrett Hubbard 2013

DC Photography Evan riding at The Farm in Leesburg, VA. © Garrett Hubbard 2013

If you know me, you know that I love to ride my bike. I love to ride my bike fast, push myself, and above all have fun. Correction. Please add the word “mountain” in front of every occurrence of the word bike because if the tires aren’t fat and don’t have large nobs then I’m not interested.

Earlier this week I went out to shoot the big bike mountain bike jumps at “The Farm” in Leesburg, VA. It’s a bit of a hush-hush riding spot where you have to get an invite to this private property. My friend Evan (the guy on the bike who’s ripping 24/7) introduced me to this place a year ago and I’ve enjoyed trying to keep up with him there ever since. I am sad to report that my downhill bike moped a bit when I left for the farm with my photo gear instead of him.

November 13, 2012
13 Nov 2012

Mountain biking. Bridges to nowhere always lead you somewhere

In this case these bridges lead you down off a 10-foot drop. Thank you Evan for inviting me to the top-secret lines and for getting me back out on my DH bike. Such a bummer that I blew out the damping circuit on my fork on a much bigger bridge drop with the name of “Wookie Jr.”  I’d hate to meet the Sr! Unfortunately we weren’t filming for that one. I’m guessing it was around 11-15 foot drop to a transition (downhill slope) that wasn’t quite steep enough for a smooth landing on such a big drop. Hence the fork failure. 
 

Mountain Biking: Bridges to nowhere from Garrett Hubbard on Vimeo.

January 6, 2012
06 Jan 2012

Video Inspiration from Nikon’s new flagship

Nikon announced their new flagship camera at midnight last night. The Nikon D4, available in February for a mere $6000. Here is an inspiring video by the super talented sports photographer Cory Rich. Photographer who learned video and learned it well. Welcome to the future.

Check out some of the images from the new camera from the talented and affable Joe McNally.

June 29, 2011
29 Jun 2011

Sometimes I ride my bike

Sometimes I get to ride my bike. Sometimes I get to ride my bike with friends. Ryan is one such friend. Sometimes I rock the HD GoPro camera and mount it various places during my ride. Sometimes the camera catches a crash. This is one such time. Enjoy!

Riding bikes with Ryan from Garett Hubbard on Vimeo.

December 17, 2008
17 Dec 2008

Solace: A journey to Great Falls

Monday=rest–for this week at least.
Rest=not doing anything related to work or trying to provide for myself.
Rest=ceasing
Rest=23.54 miles of riding my mountain bike & total exhaustion afterward.

I took the day to try and find my way out to Great Falls on my bicycle–without taking any pavement. Great Falls is a National Park along the Potomac River with 20 foot waterfalls and amazing rock outcroppings and formations. I believe it to be D.C.’s finest natural beauty. There are many more facts I learned about the falls while reading the informative signs along the lookouts, however, I have since forgotten them. Slogging through miles of mud and a bit of a head-wind on the way home can make the mind forget anything except the pain.

I set out with my leftover Buffalo Burger (very lean) for a snack and about 40 ounces of water in my camelback backpack on that unseasonably warm Monday which saw highs in the 60’s. I must say the trails were a bit soggy and it was slow going once I left my normal 12-mile loop near my house and continue Northeast toward the Virginia side of the park.

I felt a sense of accomplishment in finding my way to Great Falls. I felt a sense of peace, a feeling that God was big as I gazed out over the roaring falls–bigger than the worries that I hold on to and try as if I were to never let go and let God handle them. It’s funny that looking at some waterfalls could bring me to remember–on a new level–who is in control of my life.

I cannot describe to you what a joy it is for me to be out in God’s wonderful creation pushing my myself to go faster and smoother on a trail. Each time I hit a familiar section of a decent I find new lines and ways to go through it faster hoping to rail the next corner, hop over a whole section of roots, and somehow make anything into a jump of some sort.

I think I only got lost once. I do know for a fact that I only fell once and my left knee bears the marks of my battle wound. I assure you, it was a worthy fall, not one born out of lazyness or fatigue. I was trying to “clean” (mountain biker lingo for navigating a section of trail without stopping, putting a foot down, or falling) a really tough section of trail littered with big roots, rock slabs, and some leaves. I did never get through it fully after trying it five more times after the fall. I look forward to cleaning that section next time.

As the ride went on I simply ran out of energy. Muddy trails, lack of strong physical conditioning, and carbs (the buffalo burger) made the last five miles of my ride pretty tough. It felt like my legs simply had nothing left in them. I was so slow on the last 1.5 mile leg of my loop that is on the W&OD bike trail that one of the commuter cyclists passed me–gasp! Sad times.

Maybe someday I’ll record some point of view video of me riding so you can see how much fun this sport is! In the mean time, the photos from my iPhone will have to suffice. Oh, and since we’re working on a wish list, I’ll place better conditioning right up there!

Self portrait after a recent
wet and muddy bike ride.
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