Earlier in the year I alluded to a shoot in the English Lake District. The thud of Privateer 3 on the doormat this morning (actually, I wasn't at home at the time - but the thud that no. 2 made on my doormat earlier in the year suggests that issue 3's similar weight would probably have woken me up if I'd been around) means that the feature's now in print. And very nice it looks too, with three (count 'em) double trucks and two full page pics, all on their own with plenty of room to breathe.
The short story is this: I persuaded Jenn Hopkins that it'd be fun to attempt a route from an old mountain bike guide book that was graded, climbing-style, VS. So we did. And it was. Very Severe, that is. For the full story I highly recommend that you buy a copy of the mag and read Jenn's view on the whole experience - she's put it far more eloquently than I ever could.
Let's just say it's the hardest route I've attempted with a bike for a very long time. Come to think of it, ever.
In the meantime, and to whet your appetite, here's an exclusive look at a few of the pics that didn't make the cut into the mag:
Nikon D3, 14-24mm f/2.8, 1/160sec f/4 @ ISO800
Nikon D3, 14-24mm f/2.8, 1/1000sec f/6.3 @ ISO200
Nikon D3, 16mm f/2.8, 1/2000sec f/8 @ ISO200