Danny MacAskill’s Gymnasium

by Bill

New Year, New Tricks. Scottish Trials Bike legend Danny MacAskill shows us in his new film ‘Gymnasium’ that there are other ways to make your mark in the gym. Not a regular gym-goer by his own admission, YouTube sensation Danny stars in his new film and attempts to show the world that staying in shape doesn’t have to be daunting.

In his latest return to our screens, Danny seeks refuge from the ‘New Year, New Me’ craze by creating his personalised fitness playground in a long forgotten hall at his local sports complex. Even though performing a perfect bar routine while still on two wheels isn’t for everyone, Danny has found that it’s a case of no chain, no gain as he’s able to do what he loves and stay in shape at the same time.

Daniel “Danny” MacAskill (born 23 December 1985) is a Scottish trials cyclist, from Dunvegan on the Isle of Skye. He works professionally as a street trials / Mountain bike rider for Santa Cruz Bicycles . In April 2009, he released a five-minute street trials video to YouTube, filmed by his flatmate Dave Sowerby. This video gained widespread media attention, featuring stunts performed by MacAskill set to “The Funeral” by Band of Horses.

As of April 2009, MacAskill had been practising several hours per day for more than 12 years. He gave up his job as a mechanic so he could ride full-time and now lives in Glasgow. In June 2009, MacAskill appeared in the music video for Doves’ single “Winter Hill”.

In September 2009, MacAskill was the focus of TV advert filmed by The Leith Agency on behalf of Scottish jobs website s1jobs.com.

On 16 November 2010 MacAskill released a new video Way Back Home produced by Red Bull Media House. The video showcases locations around Scotland including Edinburgh Castle, North Berwick, wartime bunkers on the island of Inchgarvie beneath the Forth Bridge and the Cruachan Dam in the Scottish Highlands. In May 2011 Leica Camera released a Go Play promotional video featuring him doing tricks in the city of Cape Town. In 9 August 2011 Cut Media released a video named Industrial Revolutions directed by Stu Thomson. The video, set to “The Wolves” by Ben Howard, features MacAskill doing tricks in an abandoned Scottish iron works. It was created for Mike Christie’s Channel 4 documentary Concrete Circus.

In 2011 MacAskill, along with Inspired Bicycles, released his signature trials frame, the “Inspired Skye”.

In 2012, MacAskill performed the stunts for the movie Premium Rush. MacAskill is currently managed by the German agency Rasoulution.

In early May 2013, MacAskill was invited to Taichung, Taiwan by a sponsorship partner, Lezyne USA, to film a riding video titled Danny MacAskill in Taiwan – powered by Lezyne.

In summer 2013, MacAskill published a trial biking project on YouTube called Imaginate which had been shot over 18 months produced by Mike Christie for Red Bull Media House and directed by Stu Thomson. In fewer than three weeks, the video had received over 4 million views (currently 81) .

In May 2014, MacAskill released another video through Red Bull Media House called Epecuen, which was shot on location in Epecuén, Argentina. The town has been submerged underwater since 1985 for most of the time, and the video opens with its only resident speaking about it. As of April 2016, the video has accumulated over 10 million views.

In October 2014, MacAskill and long term collaborator Stu Thomson of Cut Media released a film titled The Ridge. It was filmed on his home island, the Isle of Skye, along the steep and rocky Cuillin Ridge. In the first 5 days, the video on YouTube garnered over 10 million views. The film was accompanied by a BBC Scotland programme Riding the Ridge that documented Danny and the Cut Media crew as they created the viral film.

Cascadia, also produced by Cut Media, appeared in November 2015.

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