A Fool’s Errand: The RGR in Boulder – Kevin Scott Batchelor

A Fool’s Errand: The RGR in Boulder
Words by Kevin Scott Batchelor, photos by Kevin Scott Batchelor and Jason Paul Stewart

When Jeremy Dunn called me and said Rapha was planning to hold a Gentlemen’s Race in Boulder, I was, plainly, stoked. I’ve always followed the coverage of the other races and hoped we’d have the chance to share our characters and terrain here in Boulder with everyone, too.

And… Here we go!

But not so fast. JD said, “I know you will probably want to race with your team, but if you’d like to, we’d love it if you’d photograph the event.” I was torn. For all of 12 seconds. I really did want to ride, but the opportunity to photograph the event was so exciting that I couldn’t pass it up. Sure, the fact that I wasn’t in the greatest shape helped the decision making. But even if that wasn’t the case, I’d have chosen the camera bag over the lycra and chamois cream that day anyways.

I hung up the phone with JD and dialed my brother-in-law/life long friend Jason, AKA, the guy who really got me into photography. In fact, we used to argue about the merits of photography as an art form. (Yea I used to be an asshole, still am.) Luckily, I have since come to the #lightbro. Jason hopped on a plane and we were ready to have some fun.And finally, the day was upon us.We gathered our supplies: camera gear, cooler full of sandwiches and drinks, balls — needed when sitting in the back of a pick up truck going 70 mph — and our driver, Jackson Barcheck.

Then we headed to the Skratch Labs parking lot eager to take on the day. The energy was coursing through everyone we came across in the parking lot. Some more nervous, some jetlagged and wondering how hard it really is to climb at altitude, but all were there for two reasons: To try to finish the race and to have as much fun possible while doing it. We came there with a simple idea in mind: focus on four to six teams and try to grab solid shots of them before, during, and after the race.

Seem easy enough? Nope.

As everyone rolled out, we quickly learned, keeping up with some of the teams was a fool’s errand. Especially as we had one of the participants take a hard crash on a gravel descent in front of us. With his bike in disrepair, and blood painting the dirt road, we picked him up and brought him with for the rest of the day. From that point on, we covered what we could, as best as we could.As it turned out, that was a fine way to do it. Many thanks to all of the amazing participants, the crew at Skratch Labs, JD and the rest of the team at Rapha North America.

I’m looking forward to the next one.


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  • Scott Brown

    Stunning, photo #13 is my new desktop background.

  • Public_Parent

    Really great photos! Thanks.

  • naisemaj

    Really love the photo set, does anyone have the route map? I’d love to go ride this!

  • bagxlee

    Love this photoset. I had the pleasure of chatting with Kevin coming down Sunshine Canyon once. Great dude doing cool things for Boulder cycling. Thanks for sharing.

  • Tyler Shannon

    These are fantastic. The colors are so good, but the race itself looks incredible. It makes me want to go get lost on some dirt roads for a few hours with some friends.

  • Daniel Martins

    Nice Photos !

  • Kerry Nordstrom

    Holy shit, the one of Brendan wheelie-ing past the Campfire sign!

  • Hunter Garrison

    I’m the dude with the bloody knee and broken bike you gave a lift to. Thanks again for that one (and also the beer someone gave me)!

  • http://sklarbikes.com Adam Sklar

    Ah, I miss those roads some times… Awesome work Kevin.

  • http://www.negativespace.ca nspace

    These roads look fantastic.

  • Jesse

    I like how the Ritte boys look a little thick. Us big boys like seeing other big boys on bikes in cool pictures.

  • D.J. Bolles

    I feel like there is so much texture in these pictures. Great work, great coverage. Keep it up Kevin.

  • Rasmus Riemann

    Those legs!

  • Jamie McKeon

    Killer! Some of the best coverage in a while on the site.

  • nielubieto’em all

    Incredible, amazing photos! What camera gear were they shot with?

    • jaystewjaystew

      We’re rocking the hot new, well new-ish now, but kev with the a7r and myself the a7s. In love with both cameras.

      And a small handful of zeiss and voigtlander lenses. Oh and a mk2 with a 70-200 was at the ready for long shots. Not sure if any of those are in this set.

      Thanks for the kind words from everyone. Glad you guys enjoyed the pics. We certainly had a fucking blast taking them.

  • Seb T

    Nive. Very nice !! :-) But what kind of wheels or tires did they have ? Normal road ? Maybe we don’t have the same trails, but i am not able to ride this kind of trails without damage..

    • http://theradavist.com/ John Watson

      I just ride Challenge Roubaix, or Continental 4 Seasons – both in size 28c just fine on roads like this all the time.

      • Seb T

        Ok Thanks ! :-)