DD or The Machine

Daniel Dhers

I ride because the adrenaline is an amazing feeling

Daniel Dhers trains during the X Games in Barcelona, Spain on May 17th, 2013
© Quique Garcia / Red Bull Content Pool

Hi, my name is Daniel Dhers. My discipline is BMX street. My friends call me DD or The Machine. I was born on 25 March 1985 in Caracas, Venezuela. My special talent is fast and insane lines. My philosophy of life is when you want to give up, remember that at the end it is always worth it. My favourite food is my mum's food.


Danny is nothing if not consistent – consistently the best, that is. An exceptional breakout year in 2006 – in which he clinched the Action Sports Tour title – made the Venezuelan the man to beat in 2007 and no one could get near him.

He went on to defend his AST title in 2007 and 2008, adding consecutive X Games gold medals for good measure. That success couldn’t be in sharper contrast to a low-key start to the sport: Danny only took up BMX because his friends got bikes. His attitude changed when his parents moved to Buenos Aires, Argentina, when he was 16.

This gave him the chance to develop his skills against a wider circle of riders and, more importantly, a bigger and better park. In 2004, Danny was invited to the ramp Mecca of Woodward Camp in Pennsylvania, and hasn’t looked back since, leaving his rivals vying for second place.

Danny continues to compete, garnering great success including wins at the X Games, BMX Worlds and the Arnette O Marisquiño XIII. But these days he spends the majority of his time reaching out to the next generation, with his focus shifting to more of an ambassador's role in promoting his sport across the globe.

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Career Highlights

  1. 2014
    1. 2nd Place: FISE World China - BMX Park Pro

      Chengdu, China

  2. 2014
    1. 1st Place: Pannonian Challenge XV

      Osijek, Croatia

    2. 1st Place: FISE WORLD Andorra - BMX Freegun Air Spine


    3. 2nd Place: FISE World Montpellier - BMX Freegun Air Spine

      Montpellier, France

  3. 2013
    1. 1st Place: Arnette O'Marisquiño XIII - BMX Street

      Vigo, Spain

    2. 1st Place: X Games Munich - BMX Park

      Munich, Germany

  4. 2011
    1. 1st Place: X Games - BMX Park

      Los Angeles, USA

  5. 2010
    1. 1st Place: X Games - BMX Park

      Los Angeles, USA