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Matt Clinton National Hill-Climb Champion 2008

Matt Clinton wins the 2008 National Hill-Climb Championship.


He rode up a very steep hill in Matlock Derbyshire faster than everyone else. And puked up 4 times on the way back down. They say if you don't collapse or puke then you're not trying hard enough. I fell in the hedge on my first hill climb race on Curbar Gap, not sure if it counts as a collapse but fatigue had a certain amount to do with it.




By the time the fastest seeded guys were coming through later in the afternoon the sun had niped behind a cloud.


285HV stuck on a tripod, on the left (see shadows cast by the wheels) set to full power. Ambient knocked down a stop or two so as not to blow out the sky. Then "developed" the Raw a couple of times and blended the two exposures in GIMP. It looks a bit dark but never mind. I've been trialing Ubuntu Linux on my PC. It's looking good but unfortunately GIMP doesn't do adjustment layers, and I certainly can't live without them. Bummer. The F-Spot browser seems very nice. Speedy and does all the things I wanted Elements browser for, handles versions, tags, and uploads to flickr. Going to struggle a little getting my tablet up and running too I think. Oh well we'll see....

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Taken on October 26, 2008