Ultimate Frisbee

I had the chance to shoot a couple of Ultimate games yesterday morning. It was fun, though the light was very harsh (10am-noon, few to no clouds), and it was my first time shooting the sport so it took a while to figure out how to get better shots.

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Tour de Fat – Denver

New Belgium’s Tour de Fat came to town today, and as usual, it was a blast. Although I wasn’t thrilled about having to wake up early (for a Saturday, after going out), it was definitely worth it. Despite the forecast for rain, plenty of people turned out.

We arrived at 10, just in time to get started. This is one of the first awesome contraptions seen for the day, and I have no idea how they got up and going on it.


The sun broke through the clouds for a while, which made for a great bike parade.


Here’s another pretty darn cool bike-thing.


The hill down 12th to Lincoln made for great powersliding, and riding through the streets of downtown surrounded by bicycles is, as always, awesome.


After winding around town, it was back to City Park for the festivities. They held a ride-slow “race,” last person across the finish line (without falling, stopping, or trackstanding) wins. I made it into one of the six heats (of six), and almost got to the finals, but fell. The winner got a totally sweet belt, which I am now envious of.


Sara and I in front of the stage.


I’m not sure if they were official or not, but there were some Twinkies guys there. I think this guy was having some issues.


And the dog from the Denver Cruisers ride was back, with a new outfit.


The rideable art arena was back, with some incredibly cool (and ridiculous) machines. I really want one of these:


Spin!


This thing was pretty much unridable by anyone.


And then there was a bike with rear-mounted handlebars. Interesting.


And who could forget the sneaker-bike?


And here are the Four Horsemen of the Carpocalypse, in preparation for a bike giveaway.


We left before they did the trade of a car for a commuter bike, which was a good idea as it started raining and got pretty cold on the ride back home. Good times.

Rock Climbing in Boulder Canyon

So today Hans, Mel, Sara, and myself went climbing in Boulder Canyon. I have no idea the name of the crag, other than it was about 14.5 miles past the bridge and required crossing a creek (which was not very warm). This was my first day out on the rock all season (I know, lame) and it was a blast. I just woke up from a nap so I’ll keep this one simple.

Hans leading the first route of the day, a 5.7.



Me, on that same route.



Sara, on the same route.



Mel, on the same route.



Hans leading the next route of the day, a 5.8.



Sara on the 5.8.



The last route before having to leave for the day was a 5.10a, which is just to the left of the route in the last picture (up along the large crack). I was a little hesitant, but with some encouragement and advice from below, I was able to send it. Hopefully I can get back out again before it gets into ski season, as the odds of me going climbing once the snow falls are pretty low.

Denver Cruisers – Decades

Last night (Wednesday) was Denver Cruisers’ weekly summer ride, this time with the theme of “Decades.” Pretty open ended. Anyway, it was my first time going, and it was a blast. Things started off at the Gin Mill, with a meeting time of 6:30. I figured I’d be home 9-10 or so. Nope, things didn’t even get going from there until about 8:30.


Pimpin’ ain’t easy.


There was easily a few hundred people out for the ride (and despite it not being a “booze cruise,” it certainly was).


This is…somewhere.


Wow.


The first stop (at a bar/venue that I don’t remember the name of) had a rockin’ band, and…a stripper pole? Not quite what I was expecting.


Good times, and I’m sure I’ll join them again. And I really, really need to get a cruiser bike.