Danny MacAskill retrospective »Explorersweb
In 2009, Danny MacAskill posted a life-changing YouTube video. Filmed by his roommate, Inspired bikes has been viewed over 200,000 times. He has since featured in more than 20 videos, forging a career as one of the world’s most recognized street trial cyclists. Then, he plans to get into the cinema.
Street trial (non-competitive freestyle bike tours) is a sport of patience. It took MacAskill 12 years of hard practice to master the skills of Inspired bikes. In the five-minute video, he flies his bike backwards over concrete steps, bounces off narrow ledges, and even does somersaults in a tree.
From mechanic to trick rider
Using ordinary sports equipment in a typical urban setting, he found a large following. After the success of the video, he quit his job as a mechanic to devote himself exclusively to trials.
MacAskill was only 23 when this groundbreaking video launched a career as a professional cyclist. Over the past 13 years, he has introduced trials to the general public and has inspired many young riders, including Fabio Wibmer.
At first, MacAskill created videos similar to his first hit. Bouncing, twirling and jumping with his BMX to popular music, he has chosen places where virtually anyone can meet. Then, in 2013, things heated up for the Scotsman.
His video To imagine took two years to create. In it, MacAskill traded in his usual urban setting to create a miniature world. Alongside giant decks of cards, blocks and a Rubik’s Cube, he invited viewers to witness his technical abilities in an imaginary scene. Over 92 million people have seen this new perspective of BMX.
MacAskill made his way around the Playboy Mansion, balancing on rotten trees and disused swings in an abandoned Italian village.
In a new era of feature film, he starred in Ridge and Slabs. Both involved the double challenge of mountaineering and technical riding.
On comic sketches
More recently, MacAskill has dabbled in sketch-style videos. Using a flavor of comedy, he throws New Zealander Rose Matafeo in Danny MacAskill’s Gym (2020). His dumbbell and jump routines were probably their firsts on the bike.
Danny Daycare is another MacAskill comedy. He is shown flying through a forest carrying a toddler behind his bicycle. It comes with the caveat: “Please don’t try this at home.” [obviously]. “
He won the National Geographic Adventurer of the Year award and, in 2012, he carried the Olympic flame through Glasgow. He honored Hollywood as a stuntman. Twice it has been nominated for Action Sport of the Year at the Laureus World Sports Awards.
Not one to sit on his laurels, MacAskill revealed his latest plans earlier this year.
Since the pandemic set aside international projects, he plans to take root permanently in his native country. He is currently looking to buy farmland with dramatic landscapes to create groundbreaking new films from home. Moving away from just being a YouTube sensation, MacAskill hopes to run a filmmaking business.
âYou can easily get carried away with the way things are and how you have to travel everywhere and be constantly moving on. It makes you question the lifestyle you used to lead, get on planes everywhere, âsays MacAskill.
âThe last year really made me want to try and have my own place in the country and do more stuff on my doorstep. It’s nice to travel a lot, but I feel I can be more productive at home. It’s about extending my career, but also having the space to enjoy what I’m doing.
About the Author
After 22 years in the exercise industry, offset by long haul adventures around the world, Alex Myall found a better option a few years ago and has never looked back. She graduated in travel journalism, supported it with travel industry certificates, and then started Chasing Dreams Travel NZ, her own travel agency.
Now, she combines her love of writing and world travel with running her business from her home on the spectacular south coast of Wellington, New Zealand, while simultaneously being a mom to a beautiful baby girl. She maintains a “life is too short to do things halfway” attitude.