Matthias Dandois

The next generation of BMX flatland

Matthias Dandois of France pulls an amazing flatland bmx trick at Flat Ark in Kobe, Japan on October 25th, 2015
© Jason Halayko/Red Bull Content Pool

Hi, my name is Matthias Dandois. My discipline is BMX flatland. I was born on 6 May 1989 in Paris, France. My philosophy of life is to live fast and healthy, and to die old and happy. My favourite food is Thai. My favourite music is whatever sounds good to me.

Bio

Matthias Dandois blurs the line between flatland and street riding through his constant progression and creativity. He was crowned the world's best BMX flatlander at the age of just 19, but the victory was the culmination of six years hard work in the sport.

Dandois began life riding street but in 2002 he saw someone riding flatland in his local skatepark, and fancied his chances. For him, it was a truly life-changing choice that paid dividends – he shook up the sport well before his world championship triumph. 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, now virtually dominating the BMX Flatland world stage, and has enthusiastically been crossing over the disciplines of flatland and street.

2013 was his best season to date. After totally dedicating his time to BMX and improving his street riding, he won the Dew Tour, Bike Days, the Astrolabe, Revolkon and O'Marisquiño, and topped it up with vice-champion at the BMX World Championships in flatland.

Dandois unfortunately had some typically old fashioned bad luck the following year, when he broke his foot attempting the most basic of tricks. But he hasn't let it dampen his spirits.

"I learned so many things," he says. "From now on I will listen to my body. I 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 that accident, seriously."

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Career Highlights

  1. 2016
    1. 1st Place: Sosh Freestyle Cup

      Marseille, France

  2. 2016
    1. 2nd Place: Bike Days – Flatland

      Solothurn, Switzerland

  3. 2015
    1. 1st Place: BMX Summer Camp Contest

      San Diego, USA

    2. 2nd Place: IKXA Extreme Barcelona - BMX Flatland

      Barcelona, Spain

  4. 2013
    1. 2nd Place Overall: BMX Flatland World Circuit Championship

    2. 1st Place: Arnette O Marisquiño XIII BMX - Flatland

      Repeating his 2012 title

      Vigo, Spain

    3. 2nd Place: FISE World Montpellier - BMX Flatland

      Montpellier, France

  5. 2012
    1. 1st Place: VANS rebeljam Flat Style Award

      Tossa de Mar, Spain