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, when he was 23 years old, Danny released a 5:30 minute street trials video on YouTube set to ‘The Funeral’ by the Band of Horses. Little did he know, this video 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 over 34 million times.
Since the video went online, things have progressed really fast for Danny. He found himself featured in the New York Times and several other big publications and was nominated for sports award in 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, under the production of the Red Bull Media House, Danny released a new video called “Way Back Home”. It shows him revisiting his roots on a 27,000 mile trip through Scotland back to his hometown Dunvegan – the trails he knows best. Danny did it again, taking is riding to another level, his video has reached more than 30 million clicks by January 2014.
In August 2011 he released another clip on YouTube, a Channel 4 production arranged by Stu Thomson called: ““Industrial Revolutions””. Near about 8 million people had seen it by early 2014.
In 2012 Danny had the honour to carry the Olympic torch during its travels through Glasgow.
2013 was the year of his film project “Imaginate”: he released a trailer, and 5 episodes to promote the riding clip which already has over 14 million views. In this project Danny brought his child hood ultimate playground to life, only this time he rode it for real!
Danny also had the pleasure of completing the sequel to Martyn Ashton’s project “Road Bike Party 2” in which he road a full loop on a road bike. In late 2013 Danny was also rewarded for another incredible year in Davos, Switzerland during the “11th International Sports Night”.