I learned to mountain bike on the trails of Rothrock State Forest. They are some of the rockiest technical trails around, but absolutely beautiful as well. Having grown up in the area and riding the trails for years, I took the trails for granted. Now that I'm living in the Twin Cities, I really miss having this beautiful and extremely extensive trail network in my backyard. Each time I come back and ride, I really cherish the opportunity. Many times I've tried to capture these trails with just quick iPhone snaps, but they have only come so close. Tuesday night I joined my old shop's weekly ride (The Bicycle Shop) that meets at the trailhead past Tussey Mountain Ski Area. This time I decided to carry my dSLR despite the weight and potential for damage – its more common to crash on at least one of the many extremely rocky sections than it is to ride all the sections cleanly. With confidence from my test ride last week, I wore my LowePro Photo Sport backpack and carried my D800 with 24-70mm zoom. To be able to get some shots, I'd pull to the side of the trail and whip out my camera, capturing the riders as they would round a switchback. Otherwise, I'd sprint up the trail a minute ahead of the group after each break when we would regroup, finding a section of trail with beautiful light and exceptional scenery. I'm really happy with the images from the ride, with only stopping for photos less than 10 times. Next time I'm in town, I'll definitely be carrying my camera while riding, capturing further the great riding of Rothrock State Forest.