Merida HV24HR Mountain Bike Race [Video and Pics]

When it comes to a 24 Hour Mountain Bike Race there’s certainly a lot of nerves and reservations in the lead up to the event. We have to admit that the riders weren’t the only ones feeling some of these emotions as the weekend of the 8-9th April approached faster and faster on our calendar. This was our first time attending the Merida 24 Hour event at Hidden Vale Adventure Park.

Working out the best way to film a 16km track being run over 24 hours and to demonstrate the gruelling nature of the event was quite a daunting logistical activity. Having known the trails relatively well from past events and from personally riding out at Hidden Vale Adventure Park several times, this made the job a bit easier. We certainly knew that there would be world class trails all the way around the course.

In a 24 Hour race there are a number of categories that riders can enter based on their age, bike type and willingness to push their bodies to the limit – so they can enter in a team and take turns completing laps in relay style, or they can ride completely solo if they’re up for it. During the 24 Hours they can stop, sleep, eat, change light batteries and so on – whatever it takes to keep them going and complete as many laps as they possibly can. Hydration and energy are key to this type of physical event.

When it comes to the filming, it may not be fair to compare our weekend with what the riders had to endure, but we certainly had a big task ahead of us. Having said that, at least we had a vehicle to help get around the course! Here’s a look at the event video from the weekend.

At the last minute we were also put in charge of the event photography, so we’re delighted to share some images from the event with you below.

Shoot Details

Event: Merida 24 Hour event at Hidden Vale Adventure Park

Date: 8-9 April 2017

Photographer: Mike Molloy, Nikon D810, Nikkor lenses and remote speedlites

Video & Edit: Lachlan Ryan, Nikon D750 x 2, Nikon D610, DJI Phantom 4, GoPro and a range of lenses and accessories.

Photo from the 2017 Merida Hidden Vale 24 Hour and 4 Hour weekend. Photo by Element Photo and Video Productions.

Photo from the 2017 Merida Hidden Vale 24 Hour and 4 Hour weekend. Photo by Element Photo and Video Productions.

Photo from the 2017 Merida Hidden Vale 24 Hour and 4 Hour weekend. Photo by Element Photo and Video Productions.

Photo from the 2017 Merida Hidden Vale 24 Hour and 4 Hour weekend. Photo by Element Photo and Video Productions.

Photo from the 2017 Merida Hidden Vale 24 Hour and 4 Hour weekend. Photo by Element Photo and Video Productions.

Photo from the 2017 Merida Hidden Vale 24 Hour and 4 Hour weekend. Photo by Element Photo and Video Productions.

Photo from the 2017 Merida Hidden Vale 24 Hour and 4 Hour weekend. Photo by Element Photo and Video Productions.

Photo from the 2017 Merida Hidden Vale 24 Hour and 4 Hour weekend. Photo by Element Photo and Video Productions.

Photo from the 2017 Merida Hidden Vale 24 Hour and 4 Hour weekend. Photo by Element Photo and Video Productions.

Photo from the 2017 Merida Hidden Vale 24 Hour and 4 Hour weekend. Photo by Element Photo and Video Productions.

Photo from the 2017 Merida Hidden Vale 24 Hour and 4 Hour weekend. Photo by Element Photo and Video Productions.

Photo from the 2017 Merida Hidden Vale 24 Hour and 4 Hour weekend. Photo by Element Photo and Video Productions.

Photo from the 2017 Merida Hidden Vale 24 Hour and 4 Hour weekend. Photo by Element Photo and Video Productions.

Photo from the 2017 Merida Hidden Vale 24 Hour and 4 Hour weekend. Photo by Element Photo and Video Productions.

Photo from the 2017 Merida Hidden Vale 24 Hour and 4 Hour weekend. Photo by Element Photo and Video Productions.

Photo from the 2017 Merida Hidden Vale 24 Hour and 4 Hour weekend. Photo by Element Photo and Video Productions.

Photo from the 2017 Merida Hidden Vale 24 Hour and 4 Hour weekend. Photo by Element Photo and Video Productions.

Photo from the 2017 Merida Hidden Vale 24 Hour and 4 Hour weekend. Photo by Element Photo and Video Productions.

Photo from the 2017 Merida Hidden Vale 24 Hour and 4 Hour weekend. Photo by Element Photo and Video Productions.

Photo from the 2017 Merida Hidden Vale 24 Hour and 4 Hour weekend. Photo by Element Photo and Video Productions.

Photo from the 2017 Merida Hidden Vale 24 Hour and 4 Hour weekend. Photo by Element Photo and Video Productions.

Photo from the 2017 Merida Hidden Vale 24 Hour and 4 Hour weekend. Photo by Element Photo and Video Productions.

Photo from the 2017 Merida Hidden Vale 24 Hour and 4 Hour weekend. Photo by Element Photo and Video Productions.

Photo from the 2017 Merida Hidden Vale 24 Hour and 4 Hour weekend. Photo by Element Photo and Video Productions.

Photo from the 2017 Merida Hidden Vale 24 Hour and 4 Hour weekend. Photo by Element Photo and Video Productions.

Photo from the 2017 Merida Hidden Vale 24 Hour and 4 Hour weekend. Photo by Element Photo and Video Productions.

Thanks for visiting and we hope to see you at a Hidden Vale Adventure Park event soon.

All race photos are available for purchase on our web gallery here. You can check out the race results here. Course map here.

For event photography and video production enquiries, please Contact Us.

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