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Gloam Season feat. Cody Kelley

Photos Trevor Lyden
Video Reilly Kintzele / PNW Components
Date Nov 25, 2019

Hot off the heels of being crowned a World Champion at the inaugural Trophy of Nations in Finale Ligure, Cody Kelley hopped on a plane flying to the dark and ferny Pacific Northwest so we could join forces for a few days of filming. A wild week ensued jam packed with photoshoots, coffee, meet and greets with local rippers, classic Washington weather, and too many Wu-Tang Clan references.

Gloaming is a synonym of twilight or dusk. It comes from the Old English word for twilight, "glōm," and the Gloam Season is upon us in the Pacific Northwest. The lengthy, warm days of summer have disappeared, replaced by a near permanent state of twilight. We delve deep into the woods, where legends, ghost and ghoul haunt the shadows. Sufficient lighting in the thick trees is hard to come by this time of year, but when you find it a magical world unfolds.

Day 1

Disastrous might be too harsh of a word to describe our first day of filming, but it's not far off from the truth. The weather channel would have deemed it "adverse conditions" and we took a beating. The "light drizzle" we expected overnight had been more of a downpour and the trails were just a bit wet…

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After a brief discussion and a quick shift in our collective mood, we decided to call it on the basis that our health and ability to perform our jobs was more important than pushing through and getting 30 seconds of film.

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With Day 1 in the books, we decided to lick our wounds and head back to our Airbnb for a day of Netflix and warm food. Of the five people on location for the shoot, four of us wound up hitting the dirt and one of us went home with a mild case of hypothermia. The PNW won the first round, but we prepared for battle the next day with a ridiculous amount of cold weather gear and thermoses full of hot coffee.

Day 2

After the debacle of the first day, the weather shifted and we were graced with blue skies and freezing temperatures for the remainder of the photoshoot, but the trails were still loose under tire.

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Made in the memory of his late furry companion, Happy, PNW sales manager TJ's personal trail, Happy Dog, was the perfect location for us to film some classic PNW riding. We enjoyed working on it so much that we came back the next day to make sure we didn't miss a shot.

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After spending some time ripping apart some innocent corners, we decided it was high time for Cody to get off the ground.

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Note from the videographer: Working with Cody is always a fantastic experience; he's constantly smiling and in a good mood, he's happy to climb back up the trail to re-film sections over and over, and he's so fast and stylish that he makes me look good as a camera operator. There is one thing about Cody that can be difficult to predict though; sometimes he jumps higher than you would think is possible. I can't count the number of times I set up my frame only to have Cody jump out of the top of it, resulting in a do over and me attempting to reassure myself that I would clean it up and keep Cody in frame for the next one. For example, I think I had Cody film this particular step down three or four times before we nailed it and moved on.

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Day 2 culminated with an event at Compass Outdoor Adventures in North Bend, WA where Cody spent time fielding questions from local riders about his career, life, and the MTB industry as a whole. It was fantastic to see how many groms were in attendance to learn about the ins and outs of the industry and to see how they might pursue their passions in the same fashion as Cody. If you weren't there for the event, some of the best advice that Cody provided for the youngins was to always sport a positive attitude, no matter the situation you find yourself in. At the end of the day people are more likely to do business/work with the people that they like on a personal level, so finding a way to connect and maintain relationships with those around you is important.

Oh and he also said cheese is bad for you and that you shouldn't eat it.

Day 3

To put it bluntly, day three was a long day. Our third day in a row of climbing with full camera bags and we wound up filming in two different locations. Each location came with different light coverage making it that much more difficult to get the footage to look like a cohesive unit. While one location had soft, almost mucky dirt, the other mainly consisted of hard pack.

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Day 4

Friday was a bonus day. We'd originally planned to work on a separate project, but the storm from earlier in the week left the trails we were going to shoot unrideable. After talking through our options, we decided to go to a central location that would be easy to film bonus footage for Cody's video: The Summit Ridge Bike Park in Black Diamond, WA. These trails are perfect for filming if you're looking for a location with very limited elevation gain. Five minutes from the parking lot is a big line of doubles and fast corners that are maintained incredibly well by a small handful of volunteers. If you're reading this, we're big fans of your work!

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Oh you know, just gonna hang the front wheel perpendicular to the trail while hovering right above the landing…

For more information on PNW Components, check out their website here.

Riding by Cody Kelley

Photography by Trevor Lyden // Instagram

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+1 Morgan Heater
Pete Roggeman  - Nov. 25, 2019, 11:07 a.m.

So. Much. Style.


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Jon Harris  - Nov. 25, 2019, 12:52 p.m.

All trials within a 30 mins drive from my house. Having said that I don't do that big set at Black Diamond. Not a dirt jumper am I.

+1 Morgan Heater
Pete Roggeman  - Nov. 25, 2019, 1:54 p.m.

That big one is biiiiig. The trails look sweet - we're long overdue to come down there to ride with you, Jon!


Morgan Heater  - Nov. 26, 2019, 9:45 a.m.

I like this one even better:

Also local. It's pretty fun to see video of someone gapping entire sets of jumps that are already a little intimidating.


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