In case you’re one of the two or three cyclists in the USA who haven’t seen Scottish cyclist Danny MacAskill (say that last name out loud to get a more accurate understanding of the inherent danger of this type of riding) do his thing on a bike, check out the embedded video below.
There have been 29 million viewings of the YouTube video, the majority of whom are no doubt from Scotland. I’m wondering if riders from the British Isles have an advantage in perfecting their ‘street trials riding‘ skill set, since this style of riding seems threatening to oral integrity…and Englishmen have little, to no regard for their chompers.
Who cares if you come home after a practice session with somewhere between 8 and 10 teeth still intact; they weren’t going to last forever anyway.
But be assured, the video is primarily a composite of many outrageous, SUCCESSFUL stunts. It starts with a few ‘fails’, but these can be viewed by even the faint of heart (think Frenchmen). The falls and calamities are only there to add intrigue and tension to the video.
Once he gets started, even stout deciduous trees pose no threat to Danny. You’ll see him ascend a tree on his bike, flip around in the air, and land neatly upright. If you get a kick out of gymnasts ‘sticking a landing’, you’ll come unglued watching Danny stick this one.
If trees could speak, this elm would be chanting ‘Mac-as-kill, Mac-as-kill, Mac-as-kill’. No tree has been so completely ‘owned’ since a troop of Monty Python lumberjacks were set free in the Larch forests of British Columbia…only to sing about it later.
My friend Eric tells me that Danny was sponsored by Red Bull shortly after the posting of this video. The whole ‘get paid to ride a bike thing’ reminds me of the Dire Straits song, “Money For Nothing”
Now look at them yo-yo’s that’s the way you do it
You play the guitar on the MTV
That ain’t workin’ that’s the way you do it
Money for nothin’ and chicks for free
Of course they’re speaking of Rock Stars, but I suppose Danny could be wedged into the whole ‘Money For Nothing’ concept by making big bucks for riding his trick bike on railings, up elm trees, down staircases, and across the English Channel (made that one up)…and making a good living doing it.
So there you have it; watch Danny Mac-As-Kill making ‘Money For Nothin’.
Unless you factor in the loss of a few incisors, a canine, three molars, and the left side of his tongue.