Over the past weekend, myself and Rachel (my AMAZING assistant and Wife) took a trip up to the midlands to cover the inaugural Compendium Burg Wheelers Gravel Growl.
The event was set so there was a distance for everyone, which made it very welcoming for the whole family and their friends of course.
It was set out to be a beautiful day; extremely hot and windy, but much better compared to what was planned for the week ahead.
After registration was complete; which took part over 2 days for riders convenience, the nerves kicked in for the riders as they prepared for their respective events. It's always interesting photographing people at this time in the event, to see how differently everyone reacts to nerves. But it was great to capture the overall excitement for what the day was to bring for everyone. And lets not also forget the beautiful sunrise that created everyone when it eventually came up over the hills.
Once the riders were off, it was time for us to jump into our transport and catch up with the riders. A special thank you to Con Malherbe for taking us around and chasing all the athletes and getting to where we needed to go. I think we had just as much fun exploring the Midlands Meander as the riders did, such a beautiful part of KZN that the cyclist had the pleasure to enjoy and ride through.
Even with the hot and challenging conditions, the majority of the riders made it to the finish line with a huge smile on their faces. In my books that makes for a successful event. It was great to be out there to cover such an awesome event. A massive well done to everyone who put this together and we hope to see you next year.
To view the full set of images: CLICK HERE
To view the video from the day: CLICK HERE