Danny MacAskill

United KingdomIt’s better than sitting watching TV…
December 23, 1985
Dunvegan, Isle of Skye, Scotland
Career start
  • Trial Biking Street

It’s better than sitting watching TV…

Danny MacAskill is a professional street trials rider for Inspired Bicycles, 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 flat-mate Dave Sowerby, Inspired Bicycles got a few hundred thousand views overnight and before long the view count was north of 35,000,000 and still climbing – the world went crazy for Danny. The video featured bike stunts on a never-before-performed level. After the video was streamed, things progressed quickly 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 Volkswagen and was nominated for 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 was really excited about his Solar Eclipse Ride. In it, Danny returned to his native home of the Isle of Skye with photographer Rutger Pauw to capture the solar eclipse in a unique light. The clip gives a behind the scenes look at how they found the spot and how they managed to capture one of the most creative shots of 2015. Since then he’s treated us to the innovative GoPro video Cascadia, which sees Danny doing his thing on the rooftops of Las Palmas, Spain. We can’t wait to see what he gets up to next.