Nothing much to say about these, other than that climbing shots are harder than they look to get right, climbing shots involving two riders harder than that, and Santa Cruz is a nice place to shoot the occasional mag cover. Oh, and the top left cover has two Photoshop blunders - one very obvious and one not so - that crept in at the 'fettling for pre-press' stage. No prizes, but top marks for observation if you can find them.
The bike test? That went with the bottom left cover, which we shot in the Lake District. It has to be one of my favourite places out of season, and this picture - which is far from the best riding picture I've taken but which I love for its sheer Britishness - sums it up for me.
Nikon D3, 17-35mm f/2.8, 1/320sec f/8 @ ISO200, two radio slaves
The day threw some spectacular cloudscapes at us with occasional shafts of sunshine lighting up the valley below, and I used my special HDR-lite technique (no, I'm not sharing it with you... some things are sacrosanct) to keep the detail in the sky.