Recently, I was invited to compete in the first edition of the “King of Dolomites” photo contest in San Martino di Castrozza. The contest comprised of 11 teams of 2 riders and 1 photographer in the Pros category and several teams in the wannabes category. We all had 2 days to ride in the breath-taking scenery surrounding the nice village of San Martino and shoot a photo that would become the “winners shot”.
I chose to go with Guillaume Le Guillou, one of the most talented photographer’s I ever had the pleasure to shoot with ( http://www.glg-photo.com/V2.5/) and Luca Rolli ( http://www.lucarolli.com/A._Guida_Alpina_Luca_Rolli/Welcome.html ), one of the best extreme skiers on the actual scene.
Whilst attending the contest I was also excited about the possibility of meeting other good riders, photographers and catching up with old friends.
The weather did not help, but differently from the other teams we decided to keep shooting on the Rosetta side, the most “ Dolomites style” area (which we thought that was the purpose of the contest).
We went with the determination to visit a new place, shoot exciting images and basically have fun, all of which we managed to do a lot of!!
Unfortunately, like often happens in life not everyone seemed to have the same fair vibe. The team of Seb Meyer, Carlo Zortea and Jacob Slot, obviously did not know what professionalism, style and fair play meant and tried their best to ruin the nice party vibe. Despite this disappointing and unfair play the first edition of the “King of Dolomites” was a great experience.
I would like to thank the San Martino Tourism Office for their help and hospitality, Daniele Molineris for the 2 amazing shots taken from the bin ( http://www.danielemolineris.it/ ) and all my friends, old and new who I shared these exciting and great moments.