Maybe you aren’t one of the 11 million people who have been gobsmacked by Danny MacAskil’s bicycle riding. If you are in that category have a look below. You’ll see him bunny up a flight of eight stairs landing in a backwards manual, toss a tailwhip into a gnarly trials transfer – and basically make the impossible look easy. Danny has been picked up by Tarek Rasouli’s squad and is likely to continue to be a viral sensation. Dimitri Lehner of Freeride – the best German bike mag – asked Danny some questions so the world could get to know his preferences for sheep, cake, weasels and crabs. Scroll after viewing.
Dimitri’s questions in bold.
+ What was your biggest test of courage? Riding along spiky fence.
+ Anything you have missed so far in life? Travelling around the world.
+ What do you need more time for? To eat more cakes.
+ Is there anything where you totally suck? Writing haha.
+ While zapping in TV, where do you get stuck? Ray Mears extreme survival.
Danny performing in front of the crowds at Eurobike.
+ What’s a challenge for you? Walking places when I could ride.
+ If you could meet three people dead or alive, who would that be? Giant Angus MacAskill, David Attenborough.
+ Your favourite movie. Crash.
+ What sport would you NOT want to learn? Fixie polo.
+ Best sport besides Biking? Wing suit base jumping.
Manual to tailwhip? Sure – why not?
+ Which athletes impresses you most outside of riding bikes? Travis Pastrana, Robbie Madison.
+ Which of your own achievements makes you proud? Learning to wheelie .
+ How do you relax best? Riding my bike.
+ Your favorite move/trick? Street flares
+ Your favorite motto at the moment? Remember kids don’t do drugs……… lightly haha
+ Which word or saying do you use too often? Wee and sprachel
+ What is a temptation for you? Reduced cakes in the supermarket
+ Where would you like to have a second home? French alps.
I’ve never seen this move before. Does it have a name?
+ You can travel in time. Which period do you chose? The 80s
+ What comes after death? Eaten by worms
+ You will be reborn. As what? A weasel
+ Sometimes scared of your job? no
+ What fact about you surprises people? That I get thrown out of every bar I’ve ever been in.
+ What would be your dreamjob besides being a pro rider? Space man
+ What sucks about being a pro rider? nothing
+ Top 5 things to eat? jam and cream cakes, black forest gateau, carrot cake if I’m feeling healthy, haggis, fish.
+ Top 5 things you miss about home? Rain, sheep, midges, my dog, the sea.
+ Top 5 you like? Cake, bikes, girls, seals, mearcats.
+ Top 5 you hate? Emos, fixxies, skinny jeans, MacDonald’s, crabs.
+ 5 things you wanna do before you die? Fly in a wing suit, travel the world with my bike, sail round the world, break the world record snake skid!!
+ What makes you laugh? Everything.
+ Complete the sentences (Dimitri’s in bold)
+ The worst in biking is fashion.
+ Style is nonexistent.
+ The North Shore is a place I want to visit.
+ Crankworx is a progressive competition.
+ Using a foampit is a handy way not to hurt yourself
+ A backflip is a fun trick
+ Bearclaw is a good rider
+ A year on a desert island would be fun! I lived on Skye for 17 years so I would know.
The scary thing about Danny is that he might be going up that ramp.
+ And now some bangers:
+ Picnic or fancy gala dinner? Picnic.
+ TV or book? TV.
+ Painkiller pill or just hoping it goes away? Painkiller by Judas Priest.
+ Party animal or early in bed? Party animal.
+ Wild dancer or observer? Very wild dancer.
+ Walker or driver? Walker.
+ Talker or listener. Talker.
+ Cleaner or collector? Collector.
+ Business or economy class? Economy.
+ Good protection or cool look? Good protection
+ North or south? North.
+ Stairs or elevator? Stairs.
+ Repair it or buy it new? Buy a new one.
+ Summer or winter? Summer.
+ High heels or farm girl? Farm girl.
+ Megavalanche or Rampage? Megavalanche.
+ Leader of the pack or teammate? None.
+ Sailboat or powerboat? Power boat.
+ Politically correct or rebel? Rebel.
+ City or countryside? Both
+ Tattoo or piercing? None
Is Danny your kind of Meercat? Do you like crabs, farm girls and picnics? Give us your answers here…