Danny MacAskill

It’s better than sitting watching TV...

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Hi, my name is Danny MacAskill. My discipline is street trials. I was born on 23 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 – Danny MacAskill: The Ridge. In it, Danny returns to his native home of the Isle of Skye in Scotland to take on a death-defying ride along the notorious Cuillin Ridgeline.

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Danny MacAskill during the making of The Ridge film

Making the impossible possible

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Career Highlights

  1. 2014
    1. Film Part: The Ridge

      Over 17 million views and counting

      Cuillin Ridgeline, Isle of Skye, Scotland

  2. 2013
    1. Film Part: Imaginate

      Over 25 million views and counting

  3. 2012
    1. Participant: Red Bull Kluge Film

  4. 2011
    1. Film: Industrial Revolutions

      Over 8 million views and counting

  5. 2010
    1. Nomination: Laureus Action Sportsperson of the Year Award

    2. Film: Way Back Home

      Over 33 million views and counting

  6. 2009
    1. Film: Inspired Bicycles

      Over 35 million views and counting