The AT50: Trials Rider Danny MacAskill (#49)

A poetic ability to turn urban environments into two-wheeled playgrounds

Age: 27
Sport: Street Trials Bicycle Riding
Highlights: Released internet-rocking YouTube Video "April 2009"; nominated for 2012 National Geographic Adventurer of the Year and Laureus World Sports Action Sportsperson of the Year; has redefined street trials riding, featuring in videos including “Way Back Home,“ “Go Play” and “Industrial Revolutions
Quote: "I am more comfortable on my bike than I am on my feet."
Fact: MacAskill takes ibuprofen before he rides to dull the pain in his wrists from years of absorbing the impact of his daredevil stunts.
AT50 Point Total: 28

Even if you don’t recognize the name, chances are you know exactly who Danny MacAskill is. In 2009, he showed the world just how creative and inspiring trials riding—a sort of trick riding that tests bicycle handling skills over natural and man-made obstacles—could be in ‘April 2009,’ a clip that went viral and now has more than 32 million views on YouTube. He followed up with a number of equally impressive videos (most recently ‘Industrial Revolutions’) that further demonstrated an almost poetic ability to transform everyday urban environments into two-wheeled playgrounds. He was nominee for the Laureus World Sports Awards’ Sportsman of the Year and National Geographic’s Adventurer of the Year, and he is a testament to his sport. Watch out for news of his recent adventure riding in Livigno with bike trials legend Hans Rey.
—Alex Glascock

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