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23 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Danny MacAskill

A South Korean circus once tried to hire the Scotsman to perform live stunts. He said no...

Danny MacAskill is one of the biggest names in the world of action sports.

He’s been the poster boy of trials riding ever since dropping the now famous ‘Inspired Bicycles’ edit back in 2009, and he’s amassed over two hundred million hits on YouTube as a result.

Now, you probably already know a lot about Danny. He’s Scottish, he’s ridiculous at riding and he’s got a good sense of humour. But here’s a few details you may just have missed…

1) He Got His First Bike Aged Four, When His Dad Found A Black And Red Raleigh In The Back Of A Skip

2) A South Korean Circus Once Tried To Hire Him To Perform Live Stunts

3) He Was A Stuntman In ‘Premium Rush’, A 2012 Film Starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt

4) His First Release, Inspired Bicycles (2009), Was Filmed By His Flatmate and BMX Filmer Dave Soweby, Who He Has Continued To Work With Since

5) He Was Working Part-Time As A Bike Mechanic When He Dropped The Video, And Has Said He Would Like A Bike Shop Of His Own In The Future

6) He’s In The Music Video For Doves’ Single ‘Winter Hill’ From 2009

7) He Debuted ‘Inspired Bicycles’ In Front Of A Small Group Of Friends In His Flat “Then Switched Back Over To Family Guy”. It Now Has 35,888,727 (And Counting) Million Hits on YouTube

8) The Mother Who Appears In MacAskill’s ‘Imaginate’ Is Actually Danny’s Mum

9) He’s Listed Three Riders Who Inspired Him As Chris Ackrigg, Hans Rey and Ryan Leech

10) Last Year, He Made A Fairly Awesome Edit At The Playboy Mansion

11) He First Came Across Trials Riding When Watching Martyn Ashton and Martin Hawkes in MBUK

12) He Famously Nailed A Full Loop In Front Of The London Eye, And In His ‘Imaginate’ Edit, But Did You Know He’s Also Nailed One On A Road Bike?

13) He Once Got A £100 Fine For Trials Riding In Whistler Town Centre

14) He’s Dyslexic

15) He Donated His Bike From Inspired Bicycles To BBC For A Children In Need Auction. It Sold For More Than £3,000

16) He Backflipped Into Monaco Harbour In A Stunt In The Run Up To The 2014 Grand Prix

17) He First Heard About The Argentinian Town Of Epecuen On A Blog He Clicked On From Facebook, Two Years Before Releasing This…

18) In 2012, He Carried The Olympic Torch Through Glasgow… While Riding His Bike

19) His Favourite Place On His Hometown Of Skye Is The Sunset From Neist Point, Pictured

20) He’s Ridden Along The 174ft-High Finniestone Crane In Glasgow

21) The First Time He Rode The Crankworx Whistler Course, He Rode Behind Martin Soderstrom And Nailed Every Jump

22) He Says The Most ‘Random’ Famous Person To Ever Tweet About Him Was Stephen Fry

23) His Six Biggest Features (Inspired Bicycles, Way Back Home, Industrial Revolutions, Imagine, Epecuen And The Ridge) Have Nearly 150 Million YouTube Hits Between Them

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