Trail Mix-Places to Ride
Trail Mix” is our selection of the best photos sent to us by riders from all over the world. Every month we enjoy sifting through the photos of riders out on the trail doing what they do best—enjoying this awesome sport. If you’d like to see your photos in the pages of MBA, you can submit them by following the directions at the end. Happy trails.
TWO FROM COLORADO
Gerardo A. Brucker
JUMPING THE DOUBLES
My name is Nolan Swoap. I am 13 years old and live in Asheville, North Carolina. This photo is of me clearing my first-ever double. This was a huge step in my biking career. I have been mountain biking since I was 8 years old, and I have loved it till this day.
Asheville, North Carolina
ISLE OF SKYE, SCOTLAND
Ricky Crompton here. Please just tag me as the rider and Dave Mackison as the photographer. We were just making the most of our New Year’s trip to the Isle of Skye.
After a pretty epic New Year’s Eve party on the Isle of Skye with a busload of good friends, photographer Dave Mackison and I decided to go and check out some of the amazing landscapes Skye has to offer.
There is no denying that the Old Man of Storr is one of the most photographed landscapes on Skye and one of the most photographed landscapes in the world; however, it’s rare to see any mountain bike/action sports photography created up at the Old Man of Storr unless it’s of local legend Danny MacAskill returning home for a visit.
This was my first time experiencing the Old Man of Storr, and what a truly incredible landscape it is, steeped in myths and legends, with fast-changing weather conditions and an eerie silence. Legend has it that the Old Man of Storr was a giant who had lived in Trotternish Ridge, and when he was buried, his thumb was left jutting out of the ground 50 meters, creating the famous jagged landscape.
We didn’t really have many expectations for capturing photos in Skye; we just thought that we might as well make the most of being up there and have some fun shooting.
This stunning and picturesque landscape was formed due to the overlying weight of lava flows (24 to be specific) weighing down on the weaker Jurassic sedimentary rocks. Under the pressure, the Jurassic rocks sheared and huge blocks slid seaward along the rotational glide plane.
Ricky Crompton (rider)
Dave Mackison (photographer)
England, United Kingdom
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