InstAdvent: Sam Needham

Sam Needham‘s photography has been featured on many of the pages of Dirt Mag and his video’s of the likes of Chris Akrigg and Nico Vink have graced the pages of this very website. Sam’s found a creative use of Instagram this year producing his own digital Advent Calendar showcasing some of the amazing places and riders he’s shot over the last 12 months.

Here it is in all its glory. Merry Christmas!


Advent Archive #01: The Calder Valley always delivers the goods where bikes are concerned. This trail was no exception to the rule. #flurotrees #slipslop #allthingssteepandwonderful #hebdenbridge

Advent Archive #02: The #mavictp2013 was a truly amazing experience. Day one and it was obvious why the event is oversubscribed year on year. #france #provence #somanygoodtimes

Advent Archive #03. Yorkshire, in the last light of summer. #stompinggroung #ilkley #rouleur #cow&calf #bananapanorama

Advent Archive #04: Blackpool pleasure beach by pen and paper. #blackpool #pleasurebeach #illustration #hotdogs

Advent Archive #05a: Who other than @chrisakrigg – Plenty of fun had shooting ‘Through The Mill’. #mongoose #surface #yorkshire #ghettoblaster

Advent Archive #05b: Who other than @chrisakrigg – Plenty of fun had shooting ‘Through The Mill’. #mongoose #surface #yorkshire #ghettoblaster

Advent Archive #05a: Who other than @chrisakrigg – Plenty of fun had shooting ‘Through The Mill’. It’s hard to believe that Chris managed this air off a mere twig. #mongoose #surface #yorkshire #ghettoblaster

Advent Archive #06 – Top day with a top baey. James Shirley going flat out down Warnscale Pass. Things got wild. #dudesofhazzard #orangebikes #shirleypops #warnscale

Advent Archive #07 – At one fell’s swoop we stayed a night under the stars, eating shit food and drinking good wine. Bivvy bagging with chaps @tokenenglishman & @petearcher held many a good time. #thelakedistrict #angletarn #mbr #topchaps #bivvywineanddind

Advent Archive #08 – Nico Vink. One of the most air born, down-to-earth chaps in mountain biking… With plenty of style to boot. @hopetech #innercityscrubland #namur

Advent Archive #09 – An early start to a grand day out in the Langdale fells this time last year. @petescullion #goldenhour #angletarn #rossettghyll #winteraintallbad

Advent Archive #10 – Bikes take you some amazing places… Switzerland was one of them. There’s truth in saying they are the best way to see the world and at this point I still had 45 minutes of descent left. #switzerland #railthattrail #mountainheights

Advent Archive #11 – Powder riding. The general rule being to throw yourself off whatever and hope for the best. #winter #hucktohiddendeath

Advent Archive #12 – Col des Champs and other surrounding French nipples poking through the distant clouds. Another wicked day at the #mavictp2013 . #spottherider #inversionperversion #2087m

Advent Archive #13 – More French goodness. This time the Pedal De Alps boys on their final stretch to Nice. Five top chaps, 1000 miles of riding and over £30,000 raised for a great cause. @hopetech @redbullbike

Advent Archive #14 – @petearcher getting all floaty in the Lakes on Orange Bike’s big wheeler. Raise down the Sticks Pass is always a pleasure. #orangebikes #five29 #helvellyn #stickspass #raise #wagonwheels

Advent Archive #15 – The peaks of Slovenia are always full of the good times. #slovenia #lasko #bikesandbeer #mountainlife #socavalley

Advent Archive #16 – Top chap @petescullion getting all wild in the evening sun. #summeroncewa

Advent Archive #17 – The last light. #sunset #greece

Advent Archive #18 – Fun in the slate mines with the other ‘Sick Mick’.

AA 19 – @petearcher chasing down the last of the Lakes light. #shadowrider

Advent Archive #20 – It’s not all cycling. @riderrachy and I making the most of nice skies whilst out shooting ‘Hope To Enjoy Your Winter’ last year. #runrachyrun @hopetech

Advent Archive #21 – One man and his dog beneath wintery skies. #traildog

Advent Archive #22 – @endurojc doing his best to blend into the French pastures. #mavictp2013

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