Jun 14, 2012
12:21 PMLife in the Tetons
VISIONS: Bikers Over Bitch Creek
A component new to Teton Valley Magazine this summer is an end-of-book photograph section titled Exposure. It's not the first time that term has been used in a magazine, but it's pretty tough to improve upon when your 'exposed' photos are of humans or wildlife 'exposed' to the outdoor elements.
Our first-ever Exposure is a shot taken by Colorado-based photographer Devon Balet, of a pair of mountain bikers crossing the lofty, knee-weakening trestle spanning the canyon of Bitch Creek (it's north of Tetonia along the Tetonia-Ashton rail-trail). The riders depicted were competing in the Tour Divide, a multi-week self-supported mountain bike race following Adventure Cycling Association's Great Divide Mountain Bike Route from Banff, Alberta, to Antelope Wells, New Mexico. Due to last summer's monster snowpack, competitors were forced to take many off-route detours -- which explains why they were riding across the Bitch Creek trestle. This year's Tour Divide is underway right now -- with a record 105 entrants, including Tracey Petervary of Victor.
To view Balet's amazing photo in its full half-page splendor, pick up the summer edition of Teton Valley Magazine. (Or, click on the image once or twice here to make it appear larger.) You can find the magazine at most Teton Valley businesses and at McDonald's of Jackson Hole and the Jackson Hole and Greater Yellowstone Visitor Center.