Matthias Dandois blurs the line between flat and street through his constant progression and creativity. He was crowned the world’s best BMX flatlander in October 2008 – some feat for the then 19-year-old. But the victory was the culmination of six years hard work in the sport. Matthias began life riding street but in 2002 he saw someone riding flatland in his local skatepark, and fancied his chances.
For Matthias, it was a truly life-changing choice that paid dividends - he shook up the sport well before his world championship triumph. After an incredible final battle with American Terry Adams, Matthias won the 2007 Voodoo Jam in New Orleans, the final event of the world circuit.
He was hailed as one of the most inspiring next-generation riders and has not looked back since. Not one to hang around, the Frenchman continued to establish himself as the world’s top rider. Matthias now virtually dominates the BMX Flatland world stage, and has enthusiastically been crossing over the disciplines of flatland and street.
2013 was his best season so far: after totally dedicating his time to BMX and improving his street riding, he won the Dew Tour, the Bike Days, the Astrolabe, the Revolkon and the O'Marisquiño, and topped it up with a title of vice-champion at the BMX World Championships in flatland.
Dandois unfortunately had some typically old fashioned bad luck in early 2014 when he broke his foot attempting the most basic of tricks. But Matthias hasn't let it dampen his spirits: "I've learned so many things. From now on I will listen to my body. I've learned how to eat healthily, how to be patient, and how to think about something other than bike riding. I'm actually so thankful for this accident, seriously."Read more