We’ve had some fantastic weather here in the UK recently. Enjoying good trails sessions as late as October isn’t often possible, so I’ve been glad to see many of my friends making the most of the late dry spells. But now, inevitably, it seems we’ve turned that corner into days of autumn rain.
As our trails riding season suddenly draws to a close and the digging season looms, I thought it would be a good time to revisit some of my personal favourite trails shots from over the years. While I was searching through the archives for these, it struck me just how varied our trails landscapes can be. From white, moon-like, chiselled chalk peaks to sleeping giants in overgrown forests and everything in between, it’s an incredible range of sculpted earth.
I asked the riders to reflect on these memories, tell you about the trails themselves and share the story behind getting the shot.
MATT PRIEST: Moto, The Woodyard, Cambridge, UK.
This was shot at Woodyard, they are my local trails where we all hang out, build shit, ride, make fires and get pissed! It’s pretty rad it’s made from chalk so it’s all white and solid – pretty scary to ride but it’s fast and good times!
There’s always a small window to shoot photos up there because in the day it can be really bright so evening sessions are normally the best time, but you can pretty much ride even when then sun’s gone down because the jumps are white! Like in this photo. -Matt