Video & Photo Story: Crafting and Riding Trails for 'In The Zone'

Jun 28, 2020
by Ike Bancroft  

The Zone
Words by Ike Bancroft | Video by Ian Webster
Ian Webster devours the fruits of his labor. Photo: Ike Bancroft

Film & Edit: Ian Webster

The essence of the Zone is a narrowing of focus, an imposed restriction of spatial or sensory limits. The Zone’s definition can be vague, a fine line without clear boundaries. Its contents can swell or constrict at a moment’s notice, dependent on mood or moisture. One thing is certain, though; once we enter the Zone, nothing else matters.

Photo by Ian Webster

Photo by (Clockwise from top left): Ian Webster, Ian Webster, Lincoln Humphrey, Lincoln Humphrey

In the Zone, there are pre-existing contours and shapes, patterns that seem rigid at first glance. Rake away detritus, stomp in a shovel and we find that what once seemed concrete is instead pliable, volatile. With an eye for momentum, we begin to plan the future pathways of the Zone, and thus the wheels start rolling.

The Zone is like an engine; it works best at a narrow range of temperature. The heat of the Zone is forged by input of time and energy, attention and creativity. As it warms, the pistons move more freely, the oil begins to flow into parched crevasses of the mind. Once wheels first leave and return to dirt, imperceptible explosions start to propel us. The Zone begins to take on a distinct shape, mirroring the gears of our minds.

Left: Lincoln Humphrey on El Dorado. Right: Forrest Montgomery on Huck Norris. Photos: Ike Bancroft

Forrest Montgomery displays his unmatched comfort within the confines of the Zone. Photo: Ike Bancroft

Ultimately, the Zone becomes an entity beyond ourselves. Though we fancy ourselves masters of our creation, we find ourselves at its whim. The shaper becomes the shaped, and the result cannot be explained, only felt.

Left: Forrest Mongomery on Safeway, Photo by Lincoln Humphrey. Right: Aidan Casner on Huck Norris, Photo by Ian Webster

Photo by Lincoln Humphry
Left: Ike Bancroft on El Camino, Photo by Lincoln Humphrey. Right: Fred Phillips on Huck Norris, Photo by Lincoln Humphrey

Left: Jonathan Antes on Huck Norris, Photo by Ian Webster. Right: Forrest Montgomery on Huck Norris, Photo by Ike Bancroft

Riders: Ian Webster, Ike Bancroft, Forrest Montgomery, Lincoln Humphrey, Fred Phillips, Aidan Casner, Eli Chambers, Darron Most
Trails: Huck Norris, El Camino, El Dorado, El Papito, Cuck Norris, Unnamed Loamer, Safeway
Dogs: April, Dakota

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  • 6 0
 So stoked on this! Thanks Ike and nice work everyone! Hope people enjoy seeing what we've all worked so hard to accomplish!
  • 4 0
 If you haven't been part of something like this, do it! Miss those days before anyone had kids.
  • 5 0
 yes duuuuuuuudes!
  • 5 0
 So sick boys!
  • 4 0
 sick building and riding!!
  • 3 0
 Amazing! So well written! Thanks for the experience.
  • 3 0
 Yes dudes!!! Sick edit Ian, that zone rules!
  • 3 0
 Well done and superb execution!
  • 3 0
 So good fellas! Nice work!
  • 2 0
 Great project, pics and vid, trail looks so fun!
  • 2 0
 Well done all!
  • 2 0
 Good one Ike!
  • 1 0
 Cuck Norris? Lil typo there in the end credits I think.
  • 1 0
 Haha nice catch! That’s our alternate warm-up line. Ian rides a couple sections in the edit just after the song switches.
  • 2 0
 yeah dude!

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