I loved working with Bicycling Magazine on their calendar last year, so I was really stoked to see Jeff Curtes taking part in this year’s selection. You can swoop up one now, at Bicycling!
Floatin, Seeing, Shooting at the Derby City Cup
Photos and Words by Jeff Curtes
Editor’s Note: We’ll keep this intro brief because brevity is Jeff’s thing. The way I look at it, when it comes to documenting ‘cross, your photos should do the talking…
Cannondale approached me last year, wanted me on their ticket, wanted a fresh new look to their shots. So we connected, I’m doing my thang for them for 13 races, this past weekend was a target since it was Pan Am Champs, so I came over the pond and got the shots. It’s a Loose program, I do my thing, no restrictions, as it should be.
I float, I see, I shoot.
Words and Photos by Jeff Curtes
My first big magazine assignment took me to Italy. Nearly the exact same spot that now, nearly 25 years later, we set off to basically do the same thing. Ride, explore, get lost, drink up the local everything, and have as much damn fun as possible. Back in 1994, it was a Transworld Snowboarding Magazine feature, and having never been to Europe before, I was wide eyed and so amping for just everything that Italy does so incredibly well. We were in Italy, riding, search for snow, and just loving every minute of it.
And when the next season’s Volume of Snowboarding dropped, our trip was front and center, my first TWS cover and a full feature of our debauchery and wanderlust in Italy. Thousand of images and memories which came back the second we set foot in the country again a few weeks ago with the Maap crew to shoot their new Winter 16 collection and mostly, to ride, get lost, and have as much fun as possible. We’d also eat and drink and love everything that makes Italy, well, Italy. Doppio espresso came easily back to the tip of my tongue.
Our buddy Jeff Curtes is an exceptional photographer and part of the Speedvagen family. Living in Sydney means ‘cross season is here and this season he’s racing for MAAP, an Australian apparel company. When Jeff told me about his new team bike, I requested some photos. It sounded like an awesome build with Di2, a race geometry and no bottle bosses. Yeah…
I can’t even begin to paraphrase Jeff’s words, so check them out below, along with more photos!
When a guy like Jeff Curtes shoots photos and writes a bit of copy, you don’t paraphrase his work. Sure, you edit it down a bit but it’s best left untouched. When he contacted me to share a recent photoshoot for Australia’s MAAP, I very much obliged to let him do just that. Read on for the full account and a selection of photos from Jeff’s recent shoot on the Great Ocean Road in Victoria, Australia…
Cobbled Climbs and a Bucket (list) full of Belgian Chocolate Easter Eggs
Photos and Words by Jeff Curtes
Everyone (even in warm sunny Sydney!) dreams of seeing and riding The Spring Classics… the legendary riders, the infamous cobbled climbs, and the chaos that the incredibly insane parcours guarantee. And a chance to ride the routes a day before the hard men battle for legendary status? What the hell have I been doing every April? This was the year, and without hesitation, I booked a flight from Sydney to Brussels and was off…