2010 HYR 6-Hour Endurance Race at Glen Helen - Dirt Rider Magazine

Story and Photos by Dave Plueger of Offset Photography

Video by Brad Lindseth of SUD ProductionsA friend of mine told me that he was racing the 2010 Glen Helen HYR 6-Hour Endurance Race along with a few others I know as well. I've heard a lot about these races so I figured it was a good opportunity to shoot photos of something new. I decided to make the short trip over to Glen Helen Raceway with my fiance, Kelly, and my good friend, Brad from SUD Productions. We got there about an hour before the start, which gave us a good amount of time to set up our equipment before the race began. Brad, Kelly and I walked over to the start and were amazed how many bikes had entered. Most of the racers had teams of two or more people to split it up, but there were a few, like our friend Pat Bleckert, who ironmanned the race.?After the start, we headed over to an infield section where they went up the hills and over a bridge they have set up. It was one racer after another coming through so I was able to catch a few good shots of some guys fighting for positions.We were told about a small creek that they had to ride through for part of the track so we decided to head over that way next. It was a good walk to get there, but I'm glad we found it. It was a smooth section that had some flowing water going through it which led to a big turn up a hill. I thought this would give me a different look to the photos.We spent a good amount of time there before heading back towards the infield section. I decided to start using my flash a bit to experiment (Sorry if I blinded any of you). I liked the way a lot of the shots with the flash came out. I was able to expose for the scene without having he shadows on the riders.We then walked back to the bridge and shot there before we had to packed up. Good job to our friend Pat Bleckert and his 4th place finish in the ironman class. 6 hours on a bike is rough and he pulled it off.Enjoy!SUD Productions

Brad was with me the whole day filming the race. He's a very talented videographer/graphic designer. Here is the video he made with his new Canon 7D. If you would like to know more about him, you can follow him on Twitter @BradleyLindseth or go to SUDProductions.com