In the past week I added a new page under the banner. This page titled Melbourne Village Bike-pedways is devoted to the cause of creating a perimeter trail around and through the center of Melbourne Village. Many MTB’ers and runners have known of the Village trail system and have used these trails for years. However these are technically off-limits to anyone not belonging to the HOA, known as the American Homesteading Foundation to which almost all TMV residents belong. These trails are open to all just once each year for the annual Founders’ Day 3 mile run. As mayor of the Town of Melbourne Village I’m in a good position to advocate for a new set of trails that would be public and allow for additional competitive events. I invite you to click on the page title above or this link for the Bike-pedways for photos, video, maps and narrative for this project.
One year ago I purchased a GoPro 2 camera. It was three days before the Melbourne Music Marathon and my first ‘adventure’ in making a race video. Twelve months and several videos later having recorded swimming, running, cycling, triathlons and our various family occasions, I now post the 2013 version of the race I started with last year. I’m still very much an amateur, having fun, and since ESPN isn’t here to replace me yet I’ll do one of these movies occasionally.
After recording much of the mob start, Al Steiginga motorpaced me with his scooter 2.5 miles to catch the lead runners. Castille had maintained his lead from the line with Steidel :10 behind. The remaining four stayed as a group 1:24 behind at the 4 mile mark. Holassie and Lokken continued shoulder to shoulder when I left them on Riverside as I chased down the two leaders on the Melbourne Causeway. Campbell and Collins were each running solo behind the four ahead.
The edit has more than 70 clips in seven minutes, pulled from more than 90 minutes of recording. Be sure to use the YouTube sprocket icon to adjust the resolution quality to suit your bandwidth-internet speed.
I thank the athletes for allowing me close proximity. I try to be careful and none have ever complained when talking after. Some angles you see are quite different from what TV guys get when doing races. But they don’t ride a MTB with one hand holding a camera wand and the other a handlebar. It helps I’m a runner, cyclist and still photographer by profession. Hope you like watching as much as I do filming. Rob Downey