Danny MacAskill

It’s better than watching TV...

Danny MacAskill performs during the solar eclipse at the Quirrang on the Isle of Skye, United Kingdom on March 20th 2015
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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 well over 28 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.

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Career Highlights

  1. 2015
    1. Film part: Cascadia

      Las Palmas, Gran Canaria, Spain

  2. 2015
    1. Film part: Danny MacAskill's Solar Eclipse Ride

      Isle of Skye, Scotland

    2. Nomination: Laureus Action Sportsperson of the Year Award

      Also nominated in 2010

  3. 2014
    1. Film part: The Ridge

      Cuillin Ridgeline, Isle of Skye, Scotland

    2. Film part: Epecuén

      Villa Epecuén, Argentina

  4. 2013
    1. Film part: Imaginate

  5. 2010
    1. Film part: Way Back Home

  6. 2009
    1. Film part: Inspired Bicycles

      Over 36 million views and counting