Born on the Western Slope of Colorado, Devon Balet grew up outside with a bike between his legs and a camera in hand. While most kids went to daycare, Devon would join his dad to work at the local camera shop. Having moved all around the state, Devon calls Grand Junction home for one simple reason; the mountain biking! His passion for the outdoors and photography can be seen in his work and his lifestyle. Check out more work from Devon at devonbaletmedia.com.
/ What is your favorite style of riding?
If I had to categorize my favorite style of riding, it would be trail riding. A ride when you have to earn the ups, but also very much enjoy the downhill. Technical! However, I simply love to be on a bike. I've done multi-day bike pack trips, as well as a regular bike commuter. My passion with mountain biking started on a single speed - now I'm spoiled rotten and have every kind of bike you could imagine. When folks ask why I have so many bikes, I simply reply, "At least I'm not addicted to race cars or rock crawlers."
/ How long have you been riding?
I've been going to bike races half my life, however, I just completed my very first bike race last year - the Breck Epic. I've been to thousands of bike races as a photographer and had never raced. I grew up getting kicked-out of the house to play outside, so the Big Wheel was my gateway to bike addiction and the evolving freedom my bike provided. My bike got me to school and to friend's houses. I started working at a bike shop when I was 14 years old, which paid my way through college and supported me until I started doing freelance photography full-time about four years ago.
/ Any race plans this season?
I had a long list of races I wanted to do this year, mostly to see how I would do. Due to an on going injury I have been forced off the bike for the better part of 9 months. Unfortunately I will have a bit more time off the bike but hoping to enter the Breck Epic this year.
/ How are you involved in your cycling community?
Aside from being heavily involved on an editorial and commercial side of things I also work with many different non profits donating time and photography. Organizations like IMBA, World Bicycle Relief and a long list of trail building organizations. I also work closely with a non profit called Ride for Reading were we collect and donate books to low income school for the students to take home. Learn more about Ride for Reading at rideforreading.org. My work can be seen in nearly every major mountain biking magazine and website. I recently started contributing to a new website called shouldersofgiants.comand have been a long time contributor to pinkbike.com.
Where Devon will be this year...
Jan 15-20 | El Paso Puzzler / Video + Photo Shoot | El Paso, TX
Jan 16 | Ride for Reading Book Delivery | El Paso, TX
Jan 21 | Winter Outdoor Retailer | Salt Lake City, UT
Feb 2-15 | Arizona bike pack adventure | Arizona
Feb 26 | Ride for Reading Book Delivery | Arizona
Feb 28-Mar 4 | Echo Red2Red | Echo, OR
May 24-30 | Transylvania Epic | State College, PA
Aug 9-14 | Breck Epic | Breckenridge, CO
Others...Big Mountain Enduro series, Colorado Trail