Monday, June 15, 2015

Tour Divide | Eleanor's Endeavor

Inspiration. Determination.

Eleanor McDonough, mountain biking, Tour Divide, trail dogs, Knoxville, TN, Musella Foundation

Local Knoxville, Tennessee mountain biker Eleanor McDonough is participating in the Tour Divide race from Banff, Alberta, Canada to the US-Mexico border at Antelope Wells, NM. This 2745 mile bicycle race began on June 12, 2015, and will take self-supported riders through windswept valleys and mountain passes of the Continental Divide to the badlands of the Mexican Plateau. With a completion time of about 3 weeks, this race is well suited for the ultra-fit and those willing to get out of their comfort zone.

Eleanor McDonough, mountain biking, Tour Divide, trail dogs, Knoxville, TN

Allan had the opportunity to photograph Eleanor (and her two adorable dogs) on the mountain bike trails near her home a few weeks before her departure to Bannf and I met her recently if ever so briefly, at the Appalachian Mountian Bike Club Epic Weekend at Big South Fork. Eleanor, or E as she is known to her close friends and supporters from the bicycle community, has been training intensely for this race and will require all of her energy to strategically ride the remote Great Divide Mountain Bike Route safely, speedily and skillfully. She'll travel over pavement, gravel roads, four-wheel-drive roads, singletrack and old railroad beds achieving over 200,000 feet in elevation gain along the way. I encourage you to read the description of the trail route as it is steeped in history and you will have a greater sense of the trials and tribulations riders are facing on this quest. Frigid nights, hot days and the possibility of bad weather are taken in stride.

Eleanor McDonough, mountain biking, Tour Divide, trail dogs, Knoxville, TN

Eleanor is riding to raise funds for Musella Foundation to benefit her older brother who has survived brain cancer for 11 years as well as other cancer patients and their families. Click here for more information or to make a donation. Follow Eleanor's progress here and track the progress of all the riders here.

Eleanor McDonough, mountain biking, Tour Divide, trail dogs, Knoxville, TN, Musella Foundation

As a novice mountain biker and someone who has never logged 100 miles in one day on my bicycle, let alone every day for nearly one month, I am fascinated by the dedication and training of these riders. Females typically average around 93 miles a day with a completion time of just under 30 days. That's a lot of time in the saddle on long stretches of formidable terrain, alone, with only the supplies and resources you can carry on your bicycle! This is certainly not a race for the unprepared.

Eleanor McDonough, mountain biking, Tour Divide, trail dogs, Knoxville, TN, Musella Foundation

There are some very strict rules to this race and one is that no one aside from locals of the towns the ride passes through can have any interactions with participants and then it may only be brief. This is one of the reasons I find it so important to Eleanor's friends and family to have access to the tracking website so they can be there with her as best they can. Ever since hearing about Eleanor's ride I have tried to imagine myself taking the same journey and I can't fathom the amount of training and preparation she's gone through. She's in my thoughts as she traverses the country and makes her way south. Please keep her in yours as well.

Eleanor McDonough, mountain biking, Tour Divide, trail dogs, Knoxville, TN, Musella Foundation
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Thursday, May 28, 2015

Help Put Tennessee on the Downhill Trail Map

HELP PUT TENNESSEE ON THE
DOWNHILL TRAIL MAP!


Recently I asked you to vote for Knoxville in the semi-finals of the Bell Helmets $100,000 #BellBuilt trail building grant. We won that round so today (woohoo!), I am asking for your vote again. Can you dig it?

Knoxville is one of three national finalists for a $100,000 grant from Bell Helmets. When our city wins, the Southeast’s first world-class public downhill mountain bike trail will be built - right here in our Urban Wilderness. But it can't happen without all of us!

Go to bellhelmets.com/bell-built and select the Urban Wilderness Gravity Trail to help send Knoxville downhill! Voting ends Thursday, June 4, so VOTE TODAY! Use every email address you have! And share the link and info with everyone you know whether they live in Knoxville or not. Knoxville is representing the entire East Coast in the finals.



For more information and a selection of awesome graphics to share on social media and in emails to all your peeps, visit downtowndownhill.com. Be sure to check out and shares the videos! They are awesome!


Let's do this, Knoxville!

#BellBuilt | #DowntownDownhill | #SaveShaggy | #GetRad | @ambcsorba | AMBC

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Allan and I are proud to be a part of the mountain biking community in East Tennessee and providing them with images to use on the marketing collateral for this campaign. If you're into mountain biking, we'd love to ride with you! Give us a call at 865.659.3273 or email us at lisa@almphoto.com and we'll hit the Urban Wilderness or Sharp's Ridge one day soon.

I am also proud of the community support this campaign is receiving. So many people are posting the links and images on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram that it's almost all that is in my local social media feed. We're up against CA and MN, but as of right this moment we're leading our closest competitor by only 2000 points. We need to continue the momentum and keep adding votes, so I thank you in advance for yours. Please share this post or any of social media posts to help spread the word!

Monday, May 18, 2015

Celebrating the Future : Graduation

Celebrating the future.

College graduation is a time to celebrate your success and your future. And it is also a time to get some great photographs to remember this fantastic time in your life! I wanted to share a few photos of Karlee, who recently graduated from the University of Tennessee, that I captured around Downtown Knoxville and on campus. 

Karlee loved the dreamy look of sun flare, so we got a little crazy grabbing some fun shots! Enjoy!

University of Tennessee graduate, ALM Photo, Lisa Mueller, Knoxville

University of Tennessee graduate, ALM Photo, Lisa Mueller, Knoxville

University of Tennessee graduate, ALM Photo, Lisa Mueller, Knoxville

University of Tennessee graduate, ALM Photo, Lisa Mueller, Knoxville

University of Tennessee graduate, ALM Photo, Lisa Mueller, Knoxville

University of Tennessee graduate, ALM Photo, Lisa Mueller, Knoxville
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