It was on Saturday at Trapp Family Lodge. For those of us here in Vermont, it was Irene Eve, and it was a perfect 10 -- sort of the calm before the storm -- literally. I had a great day of riding, including 2 demo rides on a Giant 29" and a Giant 26" -- both sweet bikes, and vastly superior to my ancient K2 that I've been riding for more than 5 years. I couldn't give you a recap any better than the complete story already posted at Bicycling Online. But first, I tip my hat to my friend and neighbor, Ryan Thibault, who produced this magnificent event.
BICYCLING ONLINE August 29, 2011
The first-annual Green Mountain Showdown is in the books. Photographer Bear Cieri took home first-place, while his fellow Vermonter Berne Broudy came in a close runner-up. Scroll down for all five final slideshows.
Despite an apparent hurricane bearing down on the entire East Coast more than 150 people showed up to the sprawling grounds of the Trapp Family Lodge Saturday night to watch as each presentation was unveiled with introductions from the respective photographers. The Stowe Mountain Bike Club hosted a variety of group rides all day (including a tour of a recently opened Grade-A trail called Kimmers).
In total five photographers were tasked with capturing bike culture in Vermont, and they worked for more than a month to come up with their presentations. A panel of judges critiqued the slideshows on three key criteria: aesthetic quality, technical merit and originality. A $1,500 cash prize from MTBVT was at stake, as well as a fat prize package of photography equipment from PocketWizard and sunglasses from Native Eyewear. The runner-up took home a complete Thule rack system with a pair of SideArm bike mounts, as well as an F-Stop bag and a new pair of shades.
Event producer Ryan Thibault says he couldn’t have been happier with how the first-time event played out—a sentiment echoed by the considerable crowd that came to watch the photo comp unfold.
“Trapps, Giant, Thule, Darn Tough, and particularly PocketWizard came through for us huge,” Thibault said. “And the support form the Stowe Mountain Bike Club was amazing.” Thibault added that this first year was a learning experience, and he hinted he’s already got a few ideas simmering to take the format to the next level in 2012.
Without further ado, your 2011 Green Mountain Showdown Slideshows, each of which include a short introduction showing images from the respective photographers’ portfolios.
First-place photographer Bear Cieri wowed the crowd with a stark and honest look at mountain biking in Vermont. A Tom Waits soundtrack made for an appropriate score for Cieri’s slideshow, much of which was shown in black-and-white, and none of which used fill-flashes. See more of Bear Cieri’s work at BearCieri.com.
Berne Broudy shoots anything and everything outdoors and active, though mountain biking is her greatest passion. Her show features not only talented pro rider Kyle Ebbett and daredevil Josh Gee, but female Vermont rippers, huckers and jumpers Ali Zimmer and Kim O’Connell, who she shows have no problem keeping up with the boys. Broude’s images have appeared in publications such as Bike, National Geographic Adventure, Skiing, Backpacker, Women’s Health and others. See more of her work at AuthenticOutdoors.com
This native Vermonter headed West for a spell to hone his photography skills on the big stage of Utah’s Wasatch Mountains. He has since returned to document life in the Green Mountain State. Cash’s images have appeared in publications such as The New York Times, Outside, Men’s Journal, Powder, SKI, Skiing and The Fly Fish Journal. For more go to JustinCash.com
Yarmouth, Maine, resident Matthew DeLorme is no stranger to Vermont. This entirely self-taught photographer has captured East Coast gravity racing like no other. DeLorme is constantly working his way up and down the East Coast shooting mountain bike racing, and if you’ve seen a race shot from a Gravity East event or the U.S. Open at Diablo, chances are he’s the one who snapped the shutter. His photos have appeared in Decline magazine and The Forecaster. See more of his work at MDelorme.com.
Photographer Aaron Rohde hails from Dover, New Hampshire, which sits on the Granite State’s scant 20-some miles of coastline and allows Rohde proximity to skiing in the winter and surfing and mountain biking in the summer. Rhode shoots everything from weddings to newspaper assignments to the sports he loves. His commercial Web site is AaronRohdePhotography.com and he blogs at viewsfromthelift.blogspot.com.