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The Mighty, Mighty, Tour de Nez

Out of all the sports I’ve covered this year cycling has proved to be the most challenging. Not because I couldn’t get enough photos, but because I wanted to get something different. I covered The Mighty, Mighty, Tour de Nez on Sunday, July 29, in downtown Reno. I wasn’t able to get any of the quirky races that happened earlier in the day because I was on another assignment, but I got downtown with enough time to cover the masters and pro races.

The challenge for me was to get something other than the riders coming at me or the go-to pan shot. After a few hours and a couple of races I was pretty happy with my results. Unlike some of the other sports I’ve covered I think I can find some cycling events around Charleston.

Jason Walker, of Reno, and winner of the masters division, speeds past the crowd as his wife Kerri Walker, far left, and mother Billie Thoresen, right, cheer for him during The Might, Mighty, Tour de Nez on Arlington Avenue.

Competitors in the masters division ride down Arlington Avenue.

Emily Kachorek waits for the women’s pro race to start on Arlington Avenue. The competitors in the women’s division raced for an hour through the streets of Reno.

Jason Walker wins the masters division of The Mighty, Mighty, Tour de Nez in downtown Reno.

Competitors in the mens pro division begin their race on Arlington Avenue.

Erica Greif races down West First Street in the women’s pro division in downtown Reno.

Lucas Binder makes his way up a hill on Rainbow Street with a pack of racers behind him during the men’s pro division in downtown Reno.

Allison Tetrick rides down West First Street in downtown Reno.

Emily Thurston tries to keep her lead as she rides down West first Street in downtown Reno.

Erica Greif races in the women’s pro division in downtown Reno.

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Eldorado Fireworks 500

This summer has been filled with a lot of firsts but some of the more interesting ones have been the new sports that I’ve been to cover. Saturday, July, 7, went about 23 miles east of Reno to the Tahoe-Reno Motorplex to shoot the Eldorado Fireworks 500. It was the first year for the race and was also on a brand new course. The spectator area was located on a hill looking down on a large section of the course. Luckily this was the case because I was stuck in spectator area for this event.

There was a media safety meeting the night before I didn’t know about so I wasn’t able to get a vest to go down onto the course. I tried to convince them to give me a spot on the helicopter that was following racers through the course, but it wasn’t a big surprise that they weren’t going for that idea.

I also got the chance to shoot some freestyle Motocross before I left for another assignment. Here are a few of my favorite photos from the race.

Tony Murray’s, of Villa Park, Calif., vehicle crosses the starting line to begin the second lap of the race.

Kenny Bell, of Carson City, performs a freestyle Motocross trick for a crowd at the Eldorado Fireworks 500.

Patrick Gailey’s, of Norco, Calif., vehicle (left) and Gary Williams’, of Irvine, Calif., vehicle nearly finish their first lap during the Eldorado Fireworks 500 Saturday at the Tahoe-Reno Motorplex.

Dennis Boyle’s, of Van Nuys, Calif., vehicle makes a landing after getting some air on its way to the start of the second lap.

Fans watch as a vehicle makes its way through the course.

Cameron Steele’s, of San Clemente, Calif., vehicle winds its way down the final hill in first place towards the second lap.

Kenny Bell, of Carson City, performs a freestyle Motocross trick for a crowd at the Eldorado Fireworks 500.

James Horvath’s, of Sylvan Lake, Canada, vehicle kicks up a cloud of dust as it speeds its way through the course.

 

 

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