Road To RADO

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Buffalo Bill Downhill is always a special weekend for me every year. Having raced in every BBDH since the first one 2009, it’s remained the one downhill event that I will not miss.¬†Characterized¬†by the endless amount of freeride runs and the highly technical course with 4 hairpins and high speed sweepers, BBDH has proven to be one of the best downhill events around. This year was no exception, as racers traveled from around to world just to have a chance to skate the many corners on Lookout Mountain.

We drove from San Francisco to Golden Colorado this year which ended up taking over 40 hours and some sketchy late-night driving. For a 3 day skatecation it’s more than worth it. Still a bit crunchy from some lingering injuries, I chose not to race this year. Rather my focus was to photograph the event, which is something I haven’t been able to do until this year. ‘Road to Rado’ is a collection of some of my favorites from the event featuring the Caliber crew. Check it out, and I hope you enjoy!

-Blake Smith

View from the back seat - Western RockiesView from the back seat – Western Rockies

Anthony Flis eyeing the courseAnthony Flis eyeing the course

Riley taking the fast line during a race heatRiley taking the fast line during a race heat

Riley blasting through the first sweeperRiley blasting through the first sweeper

Sinjin and Anthony getting tight through the 'Gooch'Sinjin and Anthony getting tight through the ‘Gooch’

Tomio finding the line for the first sweeperTomio finding the line for the first sweeper

AFB only need's one hand to handle the 'Gooch'AFB only need’s one hand to handle the ‘Gooch’

Jesse Breiman railing the first sweeperJesse Breiman railing the first sweeper

Tomio and AFB pack run through the 'Gooch'Tomio and AFB pack run through the ‘Gooch’

Miles Essert leading a pack through the first sweeperMiles Essert leading a pack through the first sweeper

Liam and Riley taking an LBDR runLiam and Riley taking an LBDR run

Big Dave getting funky in the 'Gooch'Big Dave getting funky in the ‘Gooch’

AFB standing up through the second hairpinAFB standing up through the second hairpin

View from the back seat - Western Rockies

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