Often a sport of spectacle, urban dirt biking is a modern phenomenon that is witnessing a surge of young enthusiasts across the country. Captivating as it is dangerous, rare snapshots of the sport show bikers performing heart-stopping stunts with their modified machines on the city’s abandoned roads and industrial estates. Away from the often hostile public reaction, this is where riders can practice their tricks before meeting up in larger groups for ‘ride-outs’. Mounting their Sports Bikes, Quad Bikes, Dirt Bikes and ATV’s, these urban riders perform for the thrill and passion of the sport.
This controversial movement, with its rebel association, is what first drew London- based photographer Spencer Murphy to documenting the urban biking scene in Britain. Inspired by the American documentary “12 O’Clock Boys”, Murphy set about on a mission to uncover and capture the underground world of the UK’s biking scene.
In an exclusive conversation with the photographer, we find out what it was like capturing images of the often elusive bikers. As a rare double-bill, we also speak with members of the bike team Supadupamoto’s, Izzy and Naomi, to discover what drives these young bikers passion for the sport.