Danny MacAskill is a professional street trials rider for Inspired Bicycles Ltd, born and raised in Dunvegan on the Isle of Skye, Scotland.
On April 19th, 2009 the then 23 year old released a 5:30 minute street trials video on YouTube set to ‘The Funeral’ by the Band of Horses that was about to change his life. Filmed and produced by his flat mate Dave Sowerby, “Inspired Bicycles” got a few hundred thousand views over night and as of today has been watched well over 28 million times – the world went crazy for Danny. The video featured bike stunts on a never before performed level, but as visitor of his website you probably know what we’re talking about.
Since the video was streamed, things progressed really fast for Danny. He found himself featured in the New York Times and several other big publications, joined a Hollywood production as a stunt man, appeared in a TV-commercial for the new Volkswagen Golf Estate and was nominated for the Category “Action Sportsperson of the Year” at the Laureus World Sports Awards as well as for the National Geographic Adventurer of the Year Award. Naturally he gave up his job as a Bicycle mechanic and moved to Edinburgh to ride his bike full time.
Once again shot by Dave Sowerby, Danny then released a new video called “Way Back Home” under the production of the Red Bull Media House. It shows him revisiting his roots on a 27.000 miles trip through Scotland back to his hometown Dunvegan – the trails he knows best – with the sickest riding you’d probably seen so far, earning him more than 15 million clicks at the time. Meanwhile Danny had also become a star within the mountain bike scene working on several projects with freeride mountain bike colleague Martin Söderström or bicycle legend Hans “No Way” Rey – to name just 2.
In August 2011 he released his latest clip on YouTube, a Channel 4 production arranged by Stu Thomson called: “Industrial Revolutions”. Over 3 million people watched it within the first three months and we are very certain we’ll see much more from Danny in 2012 – not only on YouTube…