We were privileged to be asked to photograph this year's annual Back The Blue Motorcycle Rodeo, benefitting Spokes 4 Hope, near Texas Motor Speedway on Saturday, Sept 14, 2019. This charity event features the mad skills of some of North Texas' finest, including motorcycle officers from most of the municipal police departments in the area.
It's been a long time since I rode a motorcycle, but I can guarantee you that if I ever performed any of the maneuvers I saw that day, it was a mistake that likely ended up with me on the ground under the bike! The display we saw that day was nothing short of amazing. It's one thing to cruise down the open road at a comfortable pace, but we saw the skills necessary to be able to cope with the unexpected when it happens right in front of you. Working a 1,000 pound beast around a hairpin turn at extremely slow speed, without tipping it over - not for the faint at heart!
But the thing that impressed us the most was this - these men and women, after putting themselves out there for you and me all week long, in the North Texas summer heat, would probably have loved to kick back at the pool all weekend with a few cold ones. But they put on the uniforms, fired up their bikes and came out to dazzle and entertain us for 3 days - all in the name of charity. Truly going above and beyond!
So the next time you see a cop on the road, give them a friendly wave, just a small gesture to let them know how much you appreciate what they do. And enjoy our pictures of the event!