If Danny Macaskill ever invites you along for a bike ride you should politely decline.
The 30-year-old has been wowing the internet since 2009, when his first video hit youtube. It follows him as he carves up Edinburgh on a trial bike, including cycling along the top of metal railings and making seemingly impossible jumps. Red Bull sponsorship soon followed, along with a host of opportunities to show off his skills, even getting to ride around a giant replica of his childhood bedroom.
But he’s now raised the bar by tackling a death-defying ride along the notorious Cuillin Ridgeline on his native Isle of Skye, in Scotland. Arriving by row boat, he soon has his bike hopping over the beautifully rugged landscape as effortlessly as if he was going out to fetch the paper. Following an epic summit pose – with a treacherous final climb captured by helmet-cam – is the nerve-jangling descent where one wrong move would cost him dear, and to top it all off he casually somersaults a barbed wire fence… because he can.
Filming on the mountain also proved a challenge. “It was a serious effort just getting to the filming locations”, says director Stu Thomson. “Cuillin Ridge is seven miles long and to get to the easiest summit is at least two hours of hiking up (and then two hours back). We had to carry food, water and all our camera gear, including the drone and eight batteries for it, in and out each day. The longest day on the mountain was 8 a.m. until 1 a.m., and included a total of seven hours of hiking for five shots in the film.”
The results are certainly impressive. We can’t wait to see what Danny comes up with next.