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MacAskill Video Back Story

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If you haven’t had a chance to check out one of the tightest Urban Cycling Stunt Vids in the whole world, peep this shizzle!

It’s a pure and inspiring art!  Great soundtrack too…  Anyway the NYTimes has posted some back story on Danny MacAskill and his life on his bike.  The story is a great reminder to follow your dreams and to get out there and ride!

“This was quite a turn of events for MacAskill, who said he rode only for fun and, until he was 18, called his bicycle his best friend. One of six children of a local businessman and an office worker, he grew up in the rural village of Dunvegan on the Isle of Skye. He started riding when he was 4.

“I got my first proper bike at 11 that was a gift from my parents and my aunties,” he said. “I owe them a lot.”

In horizontal rain, cold temperatures and anything else Mother Nature hurled at him, he would ride his bike each day, practicing old tricks and dreaming up new ones.

“I could do the longest wheelie among my friends,” he said.

The police were not amused and frequently cited him for reckless riding, sometimes confiscating his bicycle for weeks.

“I wasn’t an angel, but it was a place where maybe one or two cars would come by every five minutes,” MacAskill said, and that was during rush hour.

Hindered by dyslexia, he left school at 17 and moved to a resort town in the Scottish Highlands.

“My goal in life was to work at Bothy Bikes in Aviemore,” MacAskill said. He stayed there and lived under the watchful eye of his aunt Jean Hamilton.”

– Via NYTimes.com

Cycle for Health, Cycle for a Cleaner Earth, Cycle for Love!

– Salty Dog

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Written by yellow fork

December 29, 2009 at 5:08 pm

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