Scottish trials cyclist Danny MacAskill has been wowing the world with his incredible talents for quite some time now. We take a look at some of his most epic adventures.
When it comes to skills on two wheels, MacAskill is more or less unrivalled. The 30-year-old first shot to fame when he released a five-and-a-half-minute street trials video, set in Edinburgh and filmed by his flatmate Dave Sowerby, back in in April 2009.
Titles ‘Inspired Bicycles’, the video quickly became a viral sensation. Some viewers were convinced it was fake, but MacAskill only took that as a compliment. He’d been practicing several hours a day for more than 12 years to perfect his skills.
“My mum used to get pretty sick of the police always being at the door with me because I used to jump onto people’s walls with my bike and a couple of times I was sent to a children’s panel,” he said.
MacAskill isn’t just comfortable in the city either – as he proved in ‘The Ridge’, which saw him return to the Isle of Skye in Scotland – his place of birth – to take on the treacherous Cuillin Ridgeline.
With Red Bull’s backing, MacAskill made his stunning ‘Imaginate’ video, which moved away from real world settings in favour of recreating a children’s playground – albeit with a unique twist.
“I was always daydreaming in school about riding my bike, and I can remember when I was in primary school playing with my pencil and eraser and pencil case, just toying with some ideas. When I sat down to whittle ideas down for this warehouse project I settled on the idea of recreating my childhood bedroom, using actual building blocks and toys as the building blocks for this concept, and it all really came together,” said MacAskill.
MacAskill’s most recent video, ‘Cascadia’ saw him take to the rooftops of Gran Canaria, turning the picturesque Spanish island into one giant obstacle course.
MacAskill even made a trip to the famed Playboy mansion in Los Angeles, where he did his best not to get distracted by the beautiful scenery.
“It was a surreal experience, definitely something I can look back on in 20 years’ time and laugh about.”