New bikes, new territory, fall conditions. A MTB photographer’s dream. This year in October he was asked by Intense to shoot a new big wheel version of his main enduro machine, the Tracer. The brief was especially last minute and especially open. I love it. Creative freedom in new places. The exact opposite of how most of the summer season goes with the World Cup. The only certainty was that our job was only his two days and the bike was home to multi-time Italian national champion Francesco Colombo on the flight to Europe. . Combining a quiet, understated ex-World Cup racer with a versatile, gravity-oriented bike seemed like a good match to me. It is better to take it to a cool place.
A recent scroll of doom in everyone’s favorite pastime application had the Dolomites fresh in my mind, especially as fall colors peak, but where to go specifically? has already closed and, if possible, I wanted to find a more discreet location than the EWS’s famous Val di Fassa area. As inspiration, I had a screenshot of this incredibly high lake surrounded by bright orange fur trees. We weren’t sure if there was anything substantial nearby, but further investigation revealed it was just up the hill of Cortina d’Ampezzo. Famous ski town that hosted the DH World Cup in 2000.
With a heady urge to explore territory that had been largely unheard of for decades, I packed my long-suffering 70-200 and the rest of my photographic gear. Francesco is Italian, but far from the finale He hails from the coast near Ligure and had not ridden for Cortina since the last national championship they hosted in 2007. other side of the country. Here we hope to find more than just the crumbling, overgrown relics of his DH truck.