World-renowned freestyle trials rider Julien Dupont was in the UK this week to help the Gateshead Millennium Bridge celebrate its 10th anniversary in a most unconventional way...
Dupont stunned the morning commuters in the north east of England as he first waited for the bridge to be raised to its full height before jumping onto the walkway and riding over it in its elevated position. Known to locals as ‘the blinking eye’, those who blinked would have missed the action altogether as no sooner had Julien mounted the bridge and ridden over it then he was off into the morning sunshine.
The difficulty of the crossing was highlighted when the Frenchman briefly lost traction on the ascent and came close to losing his bike into the tumultuous Tyne river below, only to recover and complete the stunning feat. Known for pushing the boundaries of his sport, Julien took things to a new level and found the perfect structure to execute his latest innovation.
After the crossing, a clearly exhilarated yet relieved Julien said, “I am constantly looking for interesting and unique structures to conquer as this is the challenge for all freestyle motorbike trials riders; I want to keep pushing the boundaries of this sport and this project showed that.”