Spoke No.78

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Spoke strives to bring a fresh and innovative look at mountain biking through original content, bold design and high quality production values. It provides an unbiased look at the lives and activities of mountain bikers in Aotearoa, consistently pushing the boundaries of mountain bike photography and graphic design. Spoke is published four times a year

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New Zealand
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5 Números

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1 min.
in house stylist

We live in pretty awesome times. Mountain biking has now been around long enough that for a lot of us, the children we have raised (or in some cases are raising) have grown up surrounded by this amazing sport. Our household has revolved around cycling since before Elliot was born; he could have hated the sport but thankfully–and rather selfishly–that was not the case. Having a stylish shredder living under the same roof definitely has its bonuses whenever I want to shoot. Rider: Elliot Smith Location: Wellington Shutter speed: 1/1000 Aperture: f4.5 ISO: 800…

1 min.
reeding the line

It’s no secret that Queenstown is a hotspot for off-season development for a swathe of professional riders, whether they be downhill creeps, enduro freaks, or huck-your-meat freeriders. On the back of their recent trip to Hawaii for film project Return to Earth with Anthill Films, Carson Storch and Reed Boggs migrated south for a few weeks of summer lovin’ and big mountain riding down here in little ol’ NZ. What they found were huge, unridden lines deep in the mountains and valleys of Otago, and a lesson in how to read scree. Not all those rocks moved when they rode straight into them. I’ll let you figure out who came out better off. Rider: Reed Boggs Location: The Branches, Queenstown Shutter speed: 1/2000 Aperture: f5.0 ISO: 500…

1 min.
next generation

When a Kiwi does well on the world stage it’s worth celebrating, and Billy Meaclem’s recent performance at Crankworx Rotorua is no exception. With a Speed & Style win, a 3rd in Whip Off and a 4th in Pump Track, his results came as a surprise to the majority of the mountain biking world. However for those who have watched him come up through the ranks, we knew it was only a matter of time. Well done bro! Rider: Billy Meaclem Location: Whakarewarewa forest, Rotorua Shutter speed: 1/1250 Aperture: f4.5 ISO: 8000…

1 min.
nature’s playground

I’m always buzzing to get the call up from Conor to head out into our backyard and reel off some shots. That’s just what we did–packed the trucks and headed off into the hills of Central Otago. Over the years, Conor has compiled quite the portfolio of features around Otago, something that takes dedication and hard work but in return opens up a huge natural playground where he reaps the rewards at his leisure. This image is of Conor leaning back into one of the more natural scree lines found out there. No matter how far we go it’s getting in the truck and heading into these remote spots that delivers every time Rider: Conor Macfarlane Location: Central Otago, NZ Shutter speed: 1/3200 Aperture: f2.8 ISO: 200…

1 min.
eyes on the prize

Big events always draw a crowd and it’s no exception in the media world. The iconic scrum of photographers vying for the shot must look rather comical to the outsider looking at it from afar. Personally I have a love hate relationship with said scrums, on one hand the banter is always great and the constant chat and stories are an ideal way to pass the time between riders but funnily enough all your shots look the same as everyone elses! This was one of those days at Crankworx when I decided to go it alone and look for something different. I saw the last patch of sun hitting further down the track so I bush bashed down and made it just in time for the pro women. This shot of…

3 min.
more dangerous off the bike

Since joining the cult of the mountain bike about a decade ago, I haven’t seen the joy in running. I thought bikes were faster and easier; now I think they might be safer too. Before bikes became a single-minded obsession, I used to run a fair bit, getting to the stage where I could trot around a half marathon at a reasonable clip or spend a couple of hours running up trails in the hills with comfort. But after finding the joy of exploring the nearby hills by bike, the idea of a slow and jarring run never had the same appeal. Since two-wheeled expeditions off road became my preferred leisure time activity, I haven’t really laced up the running shoes, but entry into a multisport race next year prompted me to…