A traditional event — competition much like the Wing Rodeo I wrote about last week — only different.
The annual Father’s Day Hill climb by the Dakota Riders at Valley City pits local riders against each other and nature — in this case, a hill. The goal for the smaller bikes is to see how far up the hill they can get. The larger more powerful bikes challenge each other to get to the hill the fastest. In all cases, it’s man and machine against nature — this hill.
It’s a subculture of note, these North Dakotans who gather at the base of the hill to socialize and to watch the events. They share a commonality of a love of motorcycles and the motorcycle lifestyle. But that’s about where it ends because they come in all sizes and shapes.
Still, a warm Sunday afternoon, good people good entertainment and good competition make the Fathers Day Hill Climb one of my annual events. I used to shoot the competition and that only.
Now I see there’s a whole lot more to the event, and that’s the people, and in some cases the motorcycles. It’s not a drunk fest like some motorcycle events, it’s much more family oriented so there are plenty of good photo ops.
Sometimes I think as a photographer I forget to look at the whole picture. I get so focused I miss the best stories to be told by photo — the people and the crowds.
You can check out more images of the Hill Climb in the photo garage at www.kickstandsupnd.com
Have you been there to the Hill climb?