Iranian Refugee looks to 2020 for Olympic Mountain Bike Dreams. . .
Thanksgiving morning, and it's still dark. My car is loaded with cameras and lights, and I'm dressed like an alpine explorer. I'm heading out to Golden, Colorado to meet with Sina Solouksaran, a mountain biking phenom originally from Iran. Click his name to read about how he came to be exiled from his home country and forbidden from representing Iran on their national MTB team. It's quite a story, and having had the opportunity to shoot with him, I can tell you that he's quite a rider too!
The trails at White Ranch were pretty deserted in the frigid pre-dawn darkness as Sina unloaded his bicycle, and I hooked up radio triggers and attached lights to clamps. Snow flurries are falling, the wind is ripping across the ridges, and the sky beyond Denver is burning with emerging color. It's perfect. Here are my favorites from the morning. . . I'll spare you the photos of the GIANT breakfast burritos we scarfed after the shoot!