It's July 2009, and day 1 of the Horizons Unlimited Mountain Madness, a three day orienteering event on the trails of the Spanish Pyrenees. I'd ended up here as a result of meeting Dave Haines (stood behind me, ballroom dancing with the signpost) through the Performance Bikes magazine forum some time before. When he put a post on the forum asking for team-mates (and in the process offering the loan of bikes, riding gear, and somewhere to stay on the way down through France), it seemed silly to decline. The signpost itself is one of the checkpoints, our second of the event, having spent the last couple of hours being extremely lost.
At the time of this photo, I had probably done about three hours of dirt riding. It's lead to a whole lot more over the last four and a half years, including two more trips to the HUMM (and a trophy from the 2010 event), all the enduro and rally racing I've done, most of the bikes I've bought in the meantime, and ultimately to my USA trip last year.
(The HUMM is, sadly, no more, but essentially the same event continues as 'The Vince')