Explore the night with these bike thrillseekers

Some of the world’s best mountain bike and BMX riders seen in a very different light.
By Lukas Pilz and Rajiv Desai

When darkness falls, riding takes on a different sensory feel to when there is daylight. Photography at night time also creates an opportunity for a whole new range of images and for bike and rider to be seen in a totally different light.

Shooting for the moon

Danny MacAskill backflips during the solar eclipse on 20th March 2015.
Danny MacAskill rides the eclipse © Rutger Pauw/Red Bull Content Pool

Danny MacAskill captured soaring in the Isle of Skye mountains in front of the eclipsing moon in March 2015. No easy task for the photographer, as the eclipse waits for no one.

After hours in Whistler

Dennis Langenstam performing at Whistler skatepark in British Columbia, Canada
Whistler isn't just about the Bike Park © Laurence Crossman Emms

Local dirt jumper and park rider Dennis Langenstam boosting high out of the quarter pipe in Whistler skatepark in the dark.


Bartek 'Jaws' Krzyszton performing in Suszec, Poland
Light guides the way © Bartek Woliński

Bartek 'Jaws' Krzyszton emerges into view as a rare glimpse of light peers through the gloom of a deep, dark forest in Poland.

Blurred lines

Duane Walker performs at the Pumptrack at the Oneplanet Adventure park in Llandegla, North Wales
Night session pumptrack © Laurence Crossman Emms

Duane Walker likes nothing better than spending the dark winter evenings whipping around the pump track at Oneplanet Adventure in Llandegla, North Wales.

Courage after dark

Courage Adams night time street riding on his BMX in Barcelona in 2014
Courage lights this bit of Barcelona up © Andrew White

Spanish resident Courage Adams steps out after hours in Barcelona with this whip to fakie on his BMX.

Smoking hot

Sam Dale performs on trails at Betws y Coed, North Wales, in 2013
Sam Dale, loose and fast in Wales © Laurence Crossman Emms

Sam Dale attacks a rock drop in near darkness. This image was part of Dirt Magazine's Run to the Hills project that saw Sam's Saracen team put together a series of stunning images into a video slideshow called Spectrum.

Flying free

Corey Martinez performs a demo in Brooklyn, NY, USA on 23 October, 2015.
Corey Martinez emerges from the shadows © Lucas Gilman/Red Bull Content Pool

The photographer Lucas Gilman goes for the dramatic with Corey Martinez appearing from dark shadows as Brooklyn turns from day into night.

Escape. Create

Gee Atherton and Dan Atherton riding dirt jumps
Double trouble - Gee and Dan on the jumps © Rutger Pauw/Red Bull Content Pool

Dan Atherton loves building his own tracks and trails as we've seen with Red Bull Hardline. He's also quite handy with the tools in his own backyard, building a jumps trail for himself and Gee Atherton to session on when the mood takes them.

Seeing stars

Jonas Jansson rides the Winterberg Bike Park trail in Germany
Space invader © Christoph Laue

Jonas Jansson scrubs over some moon-like landscape at the Winterberg Bike Park in Germany.

Turkish delights

Arif Gül performs in Istanbul, Turkey on December 01, 2015
Glow in the dark © Nuri Yilmazer/Red Bull Content Pool

17-year-old Turkish BMX street rider Arif Gül fires up the night sky at an Istanbul skatepark spot. He's hoping to light up the the BMX scene in his home country also.

City lights

Terry Adams performs a footjam decade in Los Angeles, CA, USA, on 14 March, 2014.
Los Angeles, The City of Angels © Jeff Zielinski/Red Bull Content Pool

The cityscape of Los Angeles and its bright lights during the night provides the perfect background for BMX Flatland legend Terry Adams to showcase his talents.


Matt Jones, three table
Matt Jones, three table © Christoph Laue

A night shoot at White Style 2015 is lit up by fireworks and some super style from British slopestyler Matt Jones.

In the spotlight

Dawid Godziek performing in his backyard dirt jump set up in Suszec, Poland
The talents of Dawid Godziek highlighted © Bartek Woliński

Dawid Godziek's Nac Nac Seatgrab gets the full spotlight treatment from Bartek Woliński.

Winter cheer

Jens Steinsberger rides the EsNos trail in Stuttgart, Germany
A path through the snow © Christoph Laue

Night falls at the famous EsNos trail in Stuttgart, Germany, but Jens Steinsberger finds the right line in the snow.

Berry Routines

Michal Beran during the Berry Routines project in Hradec Kralove, Czech Republic on June 7th 2012
Berry good © Dan Vojtech

A shot of Michael "Berry" Beran by Dan Vojtech as part of the Czech rider's Berry Routines project. The project was a conceptual insight into Michael Beran's daily life as a BMX pro, from what he does first thing to going to sleep at night.

Check out the best of our snow and ice images in our Ride Through A Whiteout gallery.

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