Danny MacAskill

I’ve always just ridden for fun, it’s better than sitting watching the TV

Danny MacAskill performs in Zurich, Switzerland on November 14th, 2013
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Hi, my name is Danny MacAskill. My discipline is street trials. My friends call me Danny. I was born on 13 December 1985 in Dunvegan, Isle of Skye.


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 19, 2009, the then 23-year-old released a five-and-a-half-minute street trials video on YouTube set to ‘The Funeral’ by the Band of Horses that was about to change his life. Filmed and produced by his flatmate Dave Sowerby, Inspired Bicycles got a few hundred thousand views overnight and as of today has been watched over 34 million times – the world went crazy for Danny. The video featured bike stunts on a never-before-performed level.

After the video was streamed, things progressed really fast for Danny. He found himself featured in the New York Times and several other big publications, joined a Hollywood production as a stuntman, appeared in a TV-commercial for the new Volkswagen Golf Estate and was nominated for 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. The rest, as they say, is history...

Danny is constantly working on new projects, and is really excited about the lastest one of them, the Drop and Roll Tour! Alongside top trials riders and good friends Duncan Shaw, Ali C and Fabio Wibmer, he is touring Europe and performing at some of the biggest and best events on the continent. He shares his excitement: "After dreaming about making this a reality for the past few years, I can't wait to be on the road with the team performing at events and making new videos".

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Career Highlights

  1. 2013
    1. Film: Imaginate

      Over 16 million views and counting

  2. 2012
    1. Participant: Red Bull Kluge Film

  3. 2011
    1. Film: Industrial Revolutions video released on YouTube

      Over 8 million views and counting

  4. 2010
    1. Nomination: Laureus Action Sportsperson of the Year Award

    2. Film: Way Back Home video released on YouTube

      Over 30 million views and counting

  5. 2009
    1. Film: Inspired Bicycles video released on YouTube

      Over 34 million views and counting