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Spoke

Spoke

No. 81

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

Country:
New Zealand
Language:
English
Publisher:
Arrowsmith Media Ltd
Frequency:
Quarterly
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5 Issues

in this issue

1 min.
marton makeover

On a recent trip north to check out the new Cambridge pump track, Elliot and I knew that if we timed things right we’d get an epic sunset somewhere along the way. We hopped in the car as soon as he finished school hoping to beat the commuters up the Kapiti coast, but it was not to be. The only bonus was after being stuck in traffic for 45 minutes we’d worked out that the sun would be setting just after we’d past Marton. Guess which skatepark had just got a makeover? What was once an average, flat piece of concrete is now a perfectly manicured gem, consisting of a mellow bowl, a big vert quarter pipe and a purpose built classic BMX style fly out. It's now the perfect place…

1 min.
sizzling southern session

I made the decision to head down to Farm Jam the night before the event, that way I could catch the evening session before the big day. Friday itself was pretty grey until the dying minutes as the sun dropped past the hills. We were treated to that sweet southern light that you always hope for at this place. The golden hour session was a sizzler, and Billy was hyped as it was his first invite to Farm Jam. Luckily we got this session in, as the next day the wind came up and really played havoc with the whole competition. Rider: Billy Meaclem Location: Frew Farm, Winton Shutter speed: 1/1600 Aperture: f3.2 ISO: 640…

1 min.
deep luscious bowl

I ride past this bowl corner on Eagle vs Shark most weekends and always see it as a personal struggle to get high enough to make it feel cool. While competing in the Deep Summer Photo Challenge at Crankworx, I just knew I had to get my team to hit it. The morning of this photo, the rain provided a constant drizzle to create the perfect environment of luscious bush to fully execute this shot! Connor Hamilton made light work of this corner, giving it the extra 'pop' it needed to feel cool. Rider: Connor Hamilton Location: Rotorua, NZ Shutter speed: 1/1600 Aperture: f2.8 ISO: 2500…

1 min.
capital corner

Before even completing the new Superplus extension in Lower Hutt, Jeff Carter from Southstar Trails messaged me about one corner in particular that was just begging to be shot. It was a steep bowled left hander with views over Seaview and the Wellington Harbour which sounded cool. I promptly forgot about the corner and the conversation, until months later when Queenstown ripper Jake Hood showed up for a long weekend of riding in the capital. After spending too much time shooting in the epic light further up the trail, we almost missed our window on the corner. With just a couple of minutes of light left, Jake boosted off the entry and landed in the wall ride right at the top of the bowl, before tipping it in and squaring…

1 min.
stolen moments

Roosting one dusty corner can seem so insignificant, especially in this current climate.This moment in time was hours before the first paid tracks were laid on the slopes of Glendhu Bike Park. It was before coronavirus caused Blenki’s season to end before it even had the chance to begin, and is a reminder of those dustier times. For the likes of Blenki, it’s often the taste of southern comforts: that dry, gravelly dust that lingers in his mouth as he jet’s north for the international season. But this year, it will be that of mud as he practices his social distancing long into the cooler months with all but this stolen moment to remind him of a long summer at home. Rider: Sam Blenkinsop Location: Glendhu Bay, Wanaka Shutter speed: 1/2000 Aperture: f4.5 ISO: 250…

1 min.
timing is everything

No flashes, no Photoshop, no trickery. Just lucky timing. It's not often you see an image from a Crankworx event gracing the gallery here, and even less often that I would submit one, but this lucky shot of Cody Kelley is kind of special. It was taken at the pump track event, traditionally a challenge to shoot due to access, crowds and lighting. This isn't typical of how someone would race a pump track, but Cody always rides with a little extra boost. My source of light was the flickering LED panel floodlights, and I was exposing for the highlights. As Cody came over with his unique style, another photographer passed in front of me, their arm blocking the track at the bottom of the frame. With the flicker at the exact right stage,…