Cyclist and Photojournalist: Riding with Rue

Cyclist and Photojournalist: Riding with Rue

When Lael and Rue came last autumn to visit the Cascade Mountains, it was great to spend a week riding, talking and planning. I’ve known Lael for a long time, but getting to know Rue was really special. She’s just as amazing as Lael – and that says a lot. During a joyful 80-mile ride into the Cascade foothills, I shot a little video footage while riding alongside these two, and Natsuko edited it into a mini-documentary. Enjoy!

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  • Mike

    I wondered how you shot the riding footage. The last frame told that part of the story. Amazed that you could shoot while riding your bike on gravel!

    March 8, 2021 at 7:50 am
  • jon norstog

    Look at that Hasselblad! Is Rue shooting with film? Or is that some kind of digital “film” back? Also seeing Lael get off and push makes me feel a little better …

    March 8, 2021 at 7:50 am
    • Jan Heine

      Rue shot the entire story of riding to Humptulips Ridge on film. Focusing that Hasselblad on a fast-moving rider is something else. I tried to take Rue’s (stationary) portrait with it, but I don’t think it turned out. There’s no focusing system, but you just look at the image in the viewfinder and adjust until it’s in focus. Rue’s a real professional!

      March 8, 2021 at 7:54 am
  • Mark Swier

    This is such a great little insightful glimpse behind the scenes – Thanks to Jan and Natsuko and of course Lael and Rue!

    March 8, 2021 at 8:22 am
  • Brian Feltovich

    I was wondering about getting ahead of Lael to shoot her photos and then having to catch back up. The Creo seems like a great solution. Unless M. Van der Poel decides to take up photography.

    March 8, 2021 at 9:09 am
    • Jan Heine

      Seeing Rue ride that bike on the rough descents here in the Cascades was truly inspirational. She’s as good a rider as she is a photographer.

      March 8, 2021 at 9:11 am
  • Jonathan Epp

    Thanks for sharing. Good insight into how much work that support role takes. I know some folks think of an e-bike as a cheat code, but with all that camera gear, sprints to catch up, and carrying a heavier bike over obstacles I’m not sure who has the easier time. Not that it matters, they’re both heroes!

    March 8, 2021 at 10:24 am
    • Jan Heine

      Rue runs the ebike on the ‘power saver’ setting to get more range. I was surprised she could ride more than 80 miles of very hilly gravel with plenty of charge left at the end – but that shows where most of the power came from (not the battery). In any case, Lael wasn’t worried: “If the charge runs out, we’ll just switch bikes and I’ll pedal the ebike.”

      March 8, 2021 at 10:28 am
  • Craig

    Very cool set-up. Rue has contributed many great photos to recent BQ editions.
    Nice to see the various ways that e-bikes can add value keeps growing.
    I do wonder if it causes issues with all the travelling Lael and Rue do… extra weight is one thing, but so many airlines are not happy with batteries over a certain size, and an e-bike battery is sizeable!

    March 9, 2021 at 9:03 am

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