Tom Ritchey at The Bicycle Academy for Old Skool x New School

Tom Ritchey, frame building legend and a founding father of mountain biking, joined up with The Bicycle Academy for the first in the 'Old Skool x New School' series. TBA will collaborate with framebuilding icons and the new wave of framebuilders to teach students, run talks and build one-off bikes.

I spent a couple of days with Tom and the TBA guys, watching them design, braze and build up their bike. In the evening Tom gave a talk and Q&A session to a packed room of frame builders and riders. We also put up an exhibition of the Hack Bike Derby photographs which looked pretty nice indeed.

The next day we headed to Ashton Court and Leigh Woods in Bristol so Tom could ride their new build. Ace film maker Alex Rankin shot a lovely video of the event and the photographs are below.

Recent work by Bristol photographer Adam Gasson. Images shot on Canon 5D III cameras with Profoto lighting.