Iain McConnell aka Turnip Towers has just beamed over a great A to Z of images from this years domestic downhill race season.
Check out 26 super photos and captions from 2010. If you like what you see check out Turnip Towers
A is for Attitude. Arran Gannicott – BDS Round 5 Caersws. A good facial expression can make all the difference to a photo and Arran is showing plenty of attitude in this one.
B is for Barrett family. Matthew Barrett – BDS Round 5 Caersws. The Barrett family are part of the Pearce Cycles team and support crew who have all made me very welcome this year. Matthew has been pushing for first place in every Pearce Cycles race this year and was only beaten by the narrowest possible margin on the last day of the series. His younger brother Andrew has been steadily moving up the rankings all year and youngest brother Harry is already ripping up the tracks on uplift days.
C is for Concentration. Alex Florian – Pearce Cycles Round 4 Bala Alex is always great to photograph. Whenever he is on the track he always looks like he is concentrating 100% and it always shows in the photo.
D is for Dust. Grant Boyce – Caersws Cup Round 2 Dust looks great in photo’s but gets in places you really don’t want it! I have spent a lot of time this summer cleaning dust from my kit, but at least it makes a change from cleaning mud off everything. This shot is of Grant Boyce riding like his ‘tail’ is on fire.
E is for Expression. Harrison Weale – Pearce Cycles Round 5 Hopton I still haven’t worked out quite what the expression is in this photo – fear, determination or annoyance having a photo taken.
F is for Flat Out. Jake Hancock – Pearce Cycles Round 3 Bringewood Jake from the No Bull team is always good fun to photograph. He always rides flat out, sometimes successfully, sometimes not. He managed to go over the bars within sight of the finish at Nant G this year and had to run for the line but still managed 3rd place.
G is for Greenery. Adam Halling – Pearce Cycles uplift Bala Adam is another rider who is always fun to photograph. Some riders always look like they are going flat out whenever they are on the track.
H is for Hovering. James Tucker – MIJ Round 3 Moelfre Hall After Saturday practice some of the riders were playing on the old 4X course at Moelfre and I managed to get some practice photographing jumps. Although there are no fancy tricks in this pic, I just like the ‘floating in the clouds’ feel to it.
I is for Intensity. David Moulson – MIJ Round 3 Moelfre Hall It’s not often I get to photograph Moelfre in dry dusty conditions so this shot is a rarity for me. I like the impression of speed and concentration, and the memory of summer weather that seems like a long time ago now.
J is for Joe Smith. Joe Smith – Pearce Cycles Round 6 Bucknell The approach to this table is littered with deep braking bumps and a big rut on the take-off, but Joe still made it look easy.
K is for Kamikaze. Mitch Ingley – Descent Gear Clipped-in Moelfre Hall Mitch seems to have a habit of crashing whenever I point a camera at him, which has made for some interesting shots for me but doesn’t look much fun for him! On this occasion, he ended up lying in the middle of the track with his bike on top of him, but he seemed to be OK when we peeled him out of the mud.
L is for Low Angle. Callum Dew – Caersws Cup Round 5 Who would have thought we would have several dry dusty races at Caersws this year? Don’t all shout at once…
M is for Moelfre Hall. Daniel Coulson – MIJ Round 3 Moelfre Hall Moelfre is the first track I photographed, and I have been there in all kinds of horrible weather this year, but we were pretty lucky with the weather for race days. I try (and often fail) not to take the same shots each time I’m there, and this was one of the more unusual views from this year.
N is for No Strings Attached. Caersws Cup Round 5 I was really lucky with the weather for the last round of the Caersws Cup, and this shot of floating above the clouds pretty well sums it up.
O is for On The Edge. Caersws Cup Round 5 This is one of those shots that leaves the viewer wondering if the rider managed to ride out or not. Answers on a postcard please…
P is for Pearce Cycles. Jono Simpson – Pearce Cycles Round 3 Bringewood I was lucky enough to be asked to be the official photographer for the Pearce Cycles series this year, and the whole Pearce Cycles crew have made me very welcome. Some of the team have had a good year too, Jono was overall Veteran champion for the series.
Q is for Quality Background. Grant Boyce – Caersws Cup Round 5 It is easy to concentrate on the action in a shot and forget the background, but in conditions like these the background is hard to ignore.
R is for Ride-on Team. Matty Stuttard – Caersws Cup Round 2 The lads from Ride-On can always be relied on to look good for the camera. Oh, and they manage to win a few races too.
S is for Scary Face. Jake Hancock – Welsh Series Round 4 Moelfre Hall Not only does Jake always ride flat out, but he always has his race face on too.
T is for Team Skene. Emyr Davies – SimplyDownhill Race Nant Gwrtheyrn Emyr has been on good form whenever I have photographed him this year, and has beaten quite a few Elite riders along the way.
U is for Under The Bars. Pearce Cycles uplift Hopton It’s not often I manage to time shots like this right, but I like the effect when it works.
V is for Velocity. BDS Round 5 Caersws In most photographs I try to give an impression of speed, but you can’t beat a faceful of gravel to add to that impression.
W is for Whip. Rhys Evans – Pearce Cycles Round 4 Bala The riders from the No Bull teams love to show off their whipping skills, as long as team manager Clive isn’t around.
X is for X-Rated. Chris Foster – BDS Round 5 Caersws I just love the reaction of the woman in the background (looks like the painting – ‘The Scream’).
Y is for Yellow Poles. Marc Beaumont – BDS Round 4 Moelfre Hall I spend most of my time trying to avoid yellow poles and course tape, but here Marc has cut so close to the corner that is left had is behind the pole at this point. He lost to Steve Peat by just 0.054 of a second.
Z is for Zac Emmett. Zac Emmett – Pearce Cycles Round 5 Hopton Zac is one of the riders in the Pearce Cycles team who have all made me welcome this year (what else could I have used for’Z’?)