Danny MacAskill

Words Dimitri Lehner
Photos David Ulrich
Date Oct 15, 2009
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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.

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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.

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 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.

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 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.

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 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.

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+       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.
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 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…

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