Matthias Dandois

The next generation of BMX flatland

BMX flatland rider Matthias Dandois in action after recovering from his broken ankle
© Hadrien Picard/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 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’marisquino, 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."

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Matthias Dandois performs on a cancan in Camps Bay on his visit to South Africa in February 2014

Matthias Dandois in Cape Town

BMX A second trip to South Africa in as many months has Matthias positively glowing about the country.

Career Highlights

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

  2. 2013
    1. 1st Place: Arnette O Marisquiño XIII BMX - Flatland

      Vigo, Spain

    2. 3rd Place: BMX Worlds – Pro Flatland

      Cologne, Germany

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

      Montpellier, France

  3. 2012
    1. 1st Place: VANS rebeljam Flat Style Award

      Tossa de Mar, Spain

    2. 1st Place: Dew Tour Ocean City

      Ocean City, USA

    3. 1st Place: O’Marisquiño - BMX Flatland

      Vigo, Spain

    4. 1st Place: BMX Worlds Cologne - Pro Flatland

      Cologne, Germany