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Two Islands, Two Wheels, Asphalt and Sky

April 1, 2013

The bike story is out!  Inside the April/May issue of Hana Hou! Magazine lies the story of bicyclists who come to Maui and Hawaii to train. These are pros, olympians, semi-pros, and the very committed cyclists who want to train with the pros. The main characters are: Ryder Hesdejal’s Maui Cycling Camp, Donnie Arnoult and his Maui Cyclery crew in Paia, the Big Island’s Hawaii Cycling Club, pro-cyclists: Svein Tuft, Tyler Farrar, Dre Hestler, Seamus McGrath and Big Island resident Penn Henderson. Another main component of the Maui Cycling Camp is Cody Graham of Media One Multimedia, Inc.

So folks, those are the particulars. For me, it was a blast to shoot. Every day was different – the weather, the road, the mood…  The riders were completely inspiring. Hanging out of a car window, the back of a truck, squatting in the middle of the road and hunkering down in bushes along the roadside to get some shots where the cyclists whiz by in seconds – was an excellent adventure. After six days of shooting I’m sharing a lot of photos. I became more acutely aware of the asphalt, the texture of the road, every slight incline, curve, potholes, and the sky. Traveling by bike is the most beautiful way to connect with the places and spaces we live in and move through. Go get one and get on it. This story confirms my big desire to ride my bike across the mainland. More on that later…

For the most part, these are not the images you’ll see in the magazine. This is my edit, showing my experience. Thanks to all involved for letting me be a fly on the “road” , (and for not crushing me).

Now get on that bike and ride!

Ryder Hesdejal, Svein Tuft, Sky and Asphalt

Maui Cycling Camp before their ride to Hana.


Kula Highway, Maui Cycling Camp

Donnie Arnoult taming his bike before the Hana ride.

A photo op with pro cyclist Ryder Hesdejal during a break in Hana.

Pro cyclist, Svein Tuft and his reminder to be in the moment, tattooed on his arm.

Riding with cows along Kula Highway, Maui.

Pro cyclist, Tyler Farrar’s quads are pumped after the warm up.

Maui Cycling Camp on their way to Hana, start of the “Maui cobbles”.

Maui Cycling Camp’s ride to Hana. A break after the “Maui cobbles”.

One dirty, portion of the road to Hana.

The two rockin’, women of the Maui Cycling Camp: Diana Almeida and Penny Irving.

Maui Cycling Camp riding through Hana as hitchhikers stand by.

The road to Hana.

Tyler Farrar and riders take a break along the Kula Highway.


Donnie Arnoult and Svein Tuft.

Maui Cycling Camp. Hana to Paia.

Ryder Hesdejal leading the pack through Hana.


Ryder Hesdejal cooling off at Baldwin Beach after the long ride around the island.


Scrapes and tattoos.

Svein Tuft followed by Dre Hestler fly back into Paia from the long Hana ride.

Maui Cycling Camp.

After the long Hana ride, Svein Tuft cools off at Baldwin Beach.


Donnie Arnoult helps out a rider with his cleat, and then cooling down at Baldwin Beach.

Maui Cycling Camp rider flying by the windmills.


From the base to the top of Haleakala.


Svein Tuft riding through Haiku.


Maui Cycling Camp takes a break at Ho’okipa.

Svein Tuft on a break with the Maui Cycling Camp

Donnie Arnoult encouraging Penny Irving.

Donnie Arnoult encouraging Penny Irving.

Tyler Farrar and Svein Tuft

Tyler Farrar and Svein Tuft

Maui Cycling Camp

Maui Cycling Camp

Hawaii Cycling Club

Hawaii Cycling Club

Hawaii Cycling Club

Hawaii Cycling Club


Olympian rider Seamus McGrath and the purple mini-van.

7 Comments leave one →
  1. April 1, 2013 2:45 pm

    Sue, I love these shots! They really convey the camaraderie and sense of playfulness I felt out there. I wish more of these had made it into the story. Great work! ~Shannon


    • April 1, 2013 2:50 pm

      Shannon Wianecki! Thanks for your comment. It means a lot to me since you were there and really got a good sense of these riders through your interviews. You are a talented story teller, and I hope to work with you again!


  2. kim grisco permalink
    April 1, 2013 7:18 pm

    Great shots Sue…i Love the story too!


  3. Franz Weber permalink
    April 1, 2013 7:35 pm

    Awesome pictures, from unbelievable angles


  4. April 15, 2013 7:06 am

    Great photos! Respect for you and the riders!
    Toby Neal


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