Witness a Death-Defying Scottish Mountain Bike Ride
Not all bold rides need involve four wheels and hundreds of horsepower. Sometimes they can be death defying with nothing more than a mountain bike between your legs and death inducing precipitous drops on the trails you ride. Danny MacAskill proves that with his new film, The Ridge. For the first time in one of his films MacAskill climbs aboard a mountain bike and returns to his native home of the Isle of Skye in Scotland to take on a death-defying ride along the notorious Cuillin Ridgeline. RELATED: See a 200 mph Bike Beat a Ferrari
Frankly, some of the GoPro angles made my palms sweaty and I was sitting comfortably in my office chair. I can’t imagine pushing the limits like MacAskill did from a bike seat. There’s one cool moment towards the end of the video. Ever wonder how to hop a fence while riding a bike? MacAskill makes it look easy. I’d probably break my freaking neck.
The video also pays tribute to the athleticism of what MacAskill does. He’s constantly bumping his bike over obstacles as well as scaling walls with it thrown over his shoulder. MacAskill really puts the mountain back in mountain biking.
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MacAskill is best known for his road cycling adventures and is a YouTube star. Among his featured works are “Way Back Home,” which shows him revisiting his roots on a 27,000 mile trip through Scotland back to his hometown Dunvegan, and "Imaginate," which is a look in this street rider’s mind. It has a cycling Cirque du Soleil feel to it (and almost 27 million YouTube views to boot).
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