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    Mountain bike racing: The Original Growler

    Our big event on my local trails, Hartman Rocks is the Original Growler which is put on by my friend and mountain bike OG Dave Wiens. It's offered as a 32 Mile Half Growler which is one lap of the technical singletrack course. Full Growler riders do two for 64 Miles. I have done the full a couple of times myself and can verify it's pretty hard!
    I spent both Saturday and Sunday out on the trails shooting photos, averaging 1000 per day. I primarily used my Tamron 28-75 with a flash on one camera and my new (to me) Pentax DA* 60-250 f/4 on another camera with a monopod for stability. I really like that new DA* lens!

    Here are a few highlights:


    IMGP2871 by MattB.net, on Flickr


    IMGP2357 by MattB.net, on Flickr


    IMGP3187 by MattB.net, on Flickr

    Brian Smith who just became a dad a few days ago in the lead:

    IMGP2379 by MattB.net, on Flickr

    Colorado Trail Race winner and Ride the Divide contender Jefe Branham

    IMGP2407 by MattB.net, on Flickr

    Every finisher of two laps gets a Growler (64 Oz beer jar). Looks like this guy sure earned his!

    IMGP2652 by MattB.net, on Flickr

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    Re: Mountain bike racing: The Original Growler

    Very nice set Matt. I like all the shots but think for me it is a toss up between 1 and 2.

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    Re: Mountain bike racing: The Original Growler

    Excellent! Great set of photos. I'd love to see more. My favorites are the first, third and the last one of the filthy finisher. I think photos of wasted, dusty racers at the end of a big race are great and you got a good one here.

    The more I look, the more I think I like the third one the most. It kind of gets lost in these other in-your-face images. But it's got a subtlety and depth that will make it last. It's one to print and hang
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    Re: Mountain bike racing: The Original Growler

    Thanks guys! I have hundreds more that I'm offering to racers on Zenfolio but they have an annoying watermark (required for this kind of sales IMO).

    Full Growler: Matt Burt | 2013 Growler - Full
    Half Growler: Matt Burt | 2013 Growler - Half

    I've been super busy but if I have a few minutes to put a couple more up on Flickr I'll share them here too.

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    Re: Mountain bike racing: The Original Growler

    Quite an enjoyable series !

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    Re: Mountain bike racing: The Original Growler

    Quote Originally Posted by Photo-John View Post
    I'd love to see more.
    I have a few more up over at Mountain Flyer. Some repeats from this post but also some different ones.

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    Re: Mountain bike racing: The Original Growler

    Super group of pics. You guy out west sure have some great places to ride with fabulous scenery.
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    Re: Mountain bike racing: The Original Growler

    Quote Originally Posted by Old Timer View Post
    Super group of pics. You guy out west sure have some great places to ride with fabulous scenery.
    Thanks and yes, it's true about the great places. This particular area is only about two Miles from my house so it's my after work ride area. It's photogenic and it's really fun to ride!

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