Video: Cody Kelley Shreds the PNW in 'Gloam Season'

Nov 25, 2019
by PNW Components  


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...

Cody Kelley flew out to the PNW to join us in filming his second PNW Components video. Our first day was spent at Tiger Mountain and the weather was nowhere near what we expected.. Photo by Trevor Lyden

That look says it all, "Wow, where's the trail? All I see is this creek bed.."

Cody Kelley flew out to the PNW to join us in filming his second PNW Components video. Our first day was spent at Tiger Mountain and the weather was nowhere near what we expected.. Photo by Trevor Lyden

Trail maintenance comes in all different forms. Ideally, it involves a big crew that tackles the whole trail in a few hours. In a pinch, it's one lonely man tackling a puddle with the best stick he can find.

Cody Kelley flew out to the PNW to join us in filming his second PNW Components video. Our first day was spent at Tiger Mountain and the weather was nowhere near what we expected.. Photo by Trevor Lyden

The bike of a World Champion waiting patiently to shred some PNW gold.

The first shot of what ended up being an unexpectedly short day. We had anticipated a long day of cold drizzle, but we hadn't planned to fight thick fog, washed out trails, and piercing wind.

Cody Kelley flew out to the PNW to join us in filming his second PNW Components video. Our first day was spent at Tiger Mountain and the weather was nowhere near what we expected.. Photo by Trevor Lyden
Cody Kelley flew out to the PNW to join us in filming his second PNW Components video. Our first day was spent at Tiger Mountain and the weather was nowhere near what we expected.. Photo by Trevor Lyden

When filming the first clips leaves your fresh kit looking like this, what do you think you'd look like at the end of the day? You can see the wheels turning.

Cody Kelley flew out to the PNW to join us in filming his second PNW Components video. Our first day was spent at Tiger Mountain and the weather was nowhere near what we expected.. Photo by Trevor Lyden

As we climbed to the top of Tiger Mountain the day-ending storm was brewing just over the hill. Within 15 minutes of setting up shop at the start of Predator, a steep trail with 1,400 feet of descent, the storm decided to give 100% effort. First the wind kicked up, then the rain came, and then the rain froze and we were pelted by hail that didn't quit until we descended and it turned to snow.

Cody Kelley flew out to the PNW to join us in filming his second PNW Components video. Our first day was spent at Tiger Mountain and the weather was nowhere near what we expected.. Photo by Trevor Lyden

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.

Cody Kelley flew out to the PNW to join us in filming his second PNW Components video. Our first day was spent at Tiger Mountain and the weather was nowhere near what we expected.. Photo by Trevor Lyden

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.

If the ol' stick-shovel trick isn't working to clear a puddle, you can always try the classic fern-broom maneuver to scoot as much mud out of the pocket corners as possible. Our Sales Manager, TJ, joined us again and spent a lot of time prepping the trails as we filmed our way back to the parking lot.

Cody Kelley flew out to the PNW to join us in filming his second PNW Components video. The second day of filming went according to plan and culminated with a meet and greet where local riders were able to ask Cody about his career and lifestyle. Photo by Trevor Lyden

Made in the memory of his late furry companion, Happy, 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.

Cody Kelley flew out to the PNW to join us in filming his second PNW Components video. The second day of filming went according to plan and culminated with a meet and greet where local riders were able to ask Cody about his career and lifestyle. Photo by Trevor Lyden

Is there a better feeling than getting both wheels loose into a corner and successfully riding it out? It's the purest form of exhilaration and it's the exact feeling we're searching for every time we swing a leg over the bike.

Cody Kelley flew out to the PNW to join us in filming his second PNW Components video. The second day of filming went according to plan and culminated with a meet and greet where local riders were able to ask Cody about his career and lifestyle. Photo by Trevor Lyden

You know it's going to be a good day when your bike gains a few extra pounds of dirt in a couple runs!

Cody Kelley flew out to the PNW to join us in filming his second PNW Components video. Check out the full video and article here https www.pnwcomponents.com blogs news gloam-season-ft-cody-kelley Photo by Trevor Lyden

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

Cody Kelley flew out to the PNW to join us in filming his second PNW Components video. The second day of filming went according to plan and culminated with a meet and greet where local riders were able to ask Cody about his career and lifestyle. Photo by Trevor Lyden

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.

Cody Kelley flew out to the PNW to join us in filming his second PNW Components video. The second day of filming went according to plan and culminated with a meet and greet where local riders were able to ask Cody about his career and lifestyle. Photo by Trevor Lyden
Cody Kelley flew out to the PNW to join us in filming his second PNW Components video. The second day of filming went according to plan and culminated with a meet and greet where local riders were able to ask Cody about his career and lifestyle. Photo by Trevor Lyden


Cody Kelley flew out to the PNW to join us in filming his second PNW Components video. The second day of filming went according to plan and culminated with a meet and greet where local riders were able to ask Cody about his career and lifestyle. Photo by Trevor Lyden

#ManualMonday coming in hot! Low Light + the Manual Monday King = Pan Shots

Cody Kelley flew out to the PNW to join us in filming his second PNW Components video. The second day of filming went according to plan and culminated with a meet and greet where local riders were able to ask Cody about his career and lifestyle. Photo by Trevor Lyden

Cody Kelley flew out to the PNW to join us in filming his second PNW Components video. The second day of filming went according to plan and culminated with a meet and greet where local riders were able to ask Cody about his career and lifestyle. Photo by Trevor Lyden

Cody Kelley flew out to the PNW to join us in filming his second PNW Components video. The second day of filming went according to plan and culminated with a meet and greet where local riders were able to ask Cody about his career and lifestyle. Photo by Trevor Lyden

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.

Cody Kelley flew out to the PNW to join us in filming his second PNW Components video. Day 3 of filming was a long one and ended with a quick lap at Tokul East on Cazy Ivan. Photo by Trevor Lyden

Cody Kelley flew out to the PNW to join us in filming his second PNW Components video. Day 3 of filming was a long one and ended with a quick lap at Tokul East on Cazy Ivan. Photo by Trevor Lyden

Cody Kelley flew out to the PNW to join us in filming his second PNW Components video. Day 3 of filming was a long one and ended with a quick lap at Tokul East on Cazy Ivan. Photo by Trevor Lyden

This jump is big. About 45-50 feet from lip to landing. And fast. Really big and fast and not one that any of us would want to hit without having someone show us how it's done. So that's exactly what Cody did. He hit it on his first run in without anyone towing him into it and, to be safe, he overshot the beginning of the landing by about 10 feet.

Cody Kelley flew out to the PNW to join us in filming his second PNW Components video. Day 3 of filming was a long one and ended with a quick lap at Tokul East on Cazy Ivan. Photo by Trevor Lyden

Our third day of filming ended on Crazy Ivan at Tokul East.



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!

Cody Kelley flew out to the PNW to join us in filming his second PNW Components video. Our fourth day of filming was spent at the Summit Ridge Bike Park in Black Diamond WA. Photo by Trevor Lyden

We managed to get a big PNW crew away from the computers for a day of goofing around, the world's saddest burritos, and loads of Pit Viper jokes.

Cody Kelley flew out to the PNW to join us in filming his second PNW Components video. Our fourth day of filming was spent at the Summit Ridge Bike Park in Black Diamond WA. Photo by Trevor Lyden

So many perfectly sculpted corners!

Cody Kelley flew out to the PNW to join us in filming his second PNW Components video. Our fourth day of filming was spent at the Summit Ridge Bike Park in Black Diamond WA. Photo by Trevor Lyden

There's something about the sound of tires on fresh dirt...

Cody Kelley flew out to the PNW to join us in filming his second PNW Components video. Our fourth day of filming was spent at the Summit Ridge Bike Park in Black Diamond WA. Photo by Trevor Lyden

Don't forget to replace your divots, kids! It just so happens that when you corner as quickly as Cody does you end up moving a bit of dirt in the process. We made sure to spend a few minutes after filming each section to try to return the dirt to its original home.

Cody Kelley flew out to the PNW to join us in filming his second PNW Components video. Our fourth day of filming was spent at the Summit Ridge Bike Park in Black Diamond WA. Photo by Trevor Lyden

Cody Kelley flew out to the PNW to join us in filming his second PNW Components video. Our fourth day of filming was spent at the Summit Ridge Bike Park in Black Diamond WA. Photo by Trevor Lyden

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

Cody Kelley flew out to the PNW to join us in filming his second PNW Components video. Our fourth day of filming was spent at the Summit Ridge Bike Park in Black Diamond WA. Photo by Trevor Lyden
Cody Kelley flew out to the PNW to join us in filming his second PNW Components video. Day 3 of filming was a long one and ended with a quick lap at Tokul East on Cazy Ivan. Photo by Trevor Lyden

Cody Kelley flew out to the PNW to join us in filming his second PNW Components video. Our fourth day of filming was spent at the Summit Ridge Bike Park in Black Diamond WA. Photo by Trevor Lyden

For more information on PNW Components, check out our website here!

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Photography by Trevor Lyden: Instagram, Facebook, Website


66 Comments

  • 58 3
 Dare I say Kelly has a better inverted table than Semenuk...?
  • 5 1
 don't you dare!
  • 2 1
 How dare you!
  • 6 0
 Sir, yes sir!
  • 2 0
 Blasphemy! I’m reporting you!!!!
  • 6 0
 By far, Been saying it for years...Best euro table in MTB!
  • 9 0
 And clipped in, no less. Kid can ride.
  • 2 0
 @SHEESHKAH: The true blasphemy is Kelly's comments on cheese!!!!
  • 4 0
 @landscapeben: We can argue all we want about steeze, but it’s clear that his comments about cheese are objectively and empirically incorrect.
  • 1 0
 @SHEESHKAH: Absolute gold mate Beer
  • 1 0
 @TEAM-ROBOT: good point about being clipped in!
  • 36 0
 This is exactly what I think I look like while riding. Please, nobody ever film me and force me to confront the truth.
  • 16 0
 ^^^ That's why we produce more videos of our riders than we do of ourselves haha
  • 2 0
 been out yesterday doing the same thing, raking digging riding in a rainy forest. really thought i rip -watching this some doubt arises
  • 24 0
 Insane! Cody's style and bike handling skills are some of the best out there!
  • 3 0
 We would agree with that!
  • 18 0
 Cody is a fucking boss! Steezy AF!
  • 14 0
 Hell yea Cody that was sick!
  • 1 0
 Have you ridden & filmed Predator yet? Since Cody was rained out, maybe it's your turn to come tear it up! Keep the CushCore for the run into that first double.
  • 12 0
 That was sick! Cody boosting that Tokul side hit has to be the most air anyone has caught on the SVT haha!
  • 6 0
 We still can't believe how far he sent that... The guy has springs for legs.
  • 1 0
 That's what I was thinking too!
  • 10 0
 Huge and steezy on the Mainline 45' did it for me (@2:10) Props Cody!
  • 4 0
 He sent that so deep on the first go. He was probably still at head height when he got to the landing.. It was absurd.
  • 5 0
 I love to watch this guy ride! There’s many, many high level rippers out there nowadays but somehow, somehow Mr. Cody Kelley created this little bit of extra style of his own on top of all that style he already has. Perfect vid.-
  • 7 0
 Style for miles... nothing like watching a really great rider shredding your local trails to help you remember how slow and old and fat you are. LOL.
  • 7 0
 Holy shit! this was something else!
  • 7 0
 gannonball!
  • 5 0
 Gannonball is such an awesome trail! Summit Ridge is definitely an underrated network.
  • 3 0
 @pnwcomponents: ssshhhhh! Seriously though, shout out to the property owners, Real Life Church in Covington, WA for the unrestricted access to their property! They've done an amazing job of protecting that network and supporting the youth bike teams in the area.
  • 7 1
 Man I have been sleeping on Black Diamond!! Time to get out there I guess!
  • 5 0
 It's an awesome place to go spend a couple of hours! You can really narrow in on skill building and quick improvements with how quick the laps are.
  • 2 0
 @pnwcomponents: Totally agree on this. It's a favorite of mine for coaching sessions with any of the student league teams. Nice tight loops with great features to work on certain skills. Also it drains pretty well for winter riding.
  • 1 0
 @jon-boy: what league team are you with? We coach Tahoma out there too.
  • 1 0
 @jtucker0407: previously with Mercer island and hope to help out with a different team in the future.
  • 6 0
 Anybody know what shampoo he uses?
  • 3 0
 Not sure about the shampoo, but apparently he uses a Paul Mitchell conditioner:
www.instagram.com/p/BuJvm1In_US/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link
  • 3 0
 lots of ppl like that flowy smooth style of riding. i prefer this aggressive AF style. Constantly working the bike.
  • 2 0
 It's pretty impressive how he's been able to mix style with aggression like that. He's always getting after it
  • 3 0
 1:14 c'mon does it get any better than that?
  • 3 0
 Cody Kelley is my spirit animal.
  • 3 0
 This vid is fire !
  • 2 0
 Steeze for days! Absolute ripping!
  • 1 0
 Cody is such a nice dude. If I could choose to ride like anyone, it'd be Cody.
  • 1 0
 Always quality riding. Cody is the Bren-dawg of enduro. Keep it sytlee Those shots were epic too!
  • 2 0
 That manual to nose-bonk at 0:54.......so smooth
  • 1 0
 @shadbradley I'm pretty sure I wouldn't know how to ride a bike in the rain.
  • 1 0
 Best Vid with proper riding in the forest. And this Dude... Style for miles... One of the best!
  • 1 0
 style is the key to all forms of rocking...cody is a madman
  • 1 0
 There’s no way around it...Cody’s the dude
  • 1 0
 Great rider. Super nice guy.
  • 1 0
 Too many Wu Tang references?
  • 1 0
 Dammmn made that 45er into a 55er!!!
  • 1 0
 Cody Kelley is a porn star.
  • 1 0
 wow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • 1 0
 Jesus, Cody, take it easy.
  • 1 0
 Cody seems the have studied the laws of a physics only to break them.
  • 1 0
 Proper headline: How to ride your bike. Tutorial by C. Kelley.
  • 1 0
 i would have thought gloam would mean the g.o.a.t. on loam
  • 1 0
 is nobody going to comment on his Enve bars in the first few pictures ?
  • 1 0
 So Sick!!! Can't stop watching!
  • 1 0
 Mmmmmhhhmmmm
  • 1 0
 Fookn love this. Rad!
  • 1 2
 Has anyone ridden while on meth/speed or ritalin? Or crazy amounts of expresso shots? Some say u become "neo"
  • 1 0
 jebus
  • 1 0
 You da man Cody !

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