Professional mountain bike rider and YouTube legend Danny MacAskill joins forces with friends new and old in a celebration of the humble wheelie.
In the summer of 2021 Danny MacAskill put out a call to action to his 3.5 million social media fans asking them to #WheelieWithDanny. Riders and fans applied from around the world to feature alongside Danny in his latest project from adidas Five Ten and Cut Media. Join Danny MacAskill and a host of friends as he pushes the boundaries of the humble wheelie and learns a thing or two from friends old and new.
There is something instinctive built into us, no matter our age. From the first moment we put a leg over the frame of a bike and begin to pedal something takes over, we are drawn to tug on the handlebars and lift the front wheel off the ground. The endorphins rush and a sense of shock turns to a smile – this is how it often begins, doing a wheelie for the first time. The humble wheelie is a gateway into a whole new world that for many will become a lifelong passion. For Danny MacAskill his first wheelie would be the start of an incredible career, in his latest film ‘Do A Wheelie’, Danny shows just how much he loves some back wheel action.
With the new breed of riders in the mix, Danny wanted to showcase the other end of the spectrum and knew he had to reach out to his personal childhood hero, Hans Rey. Hans is a former trials World Champion, Five Ten teammate and legend of the mountain bike industry. At 55 years old he is not slowing down one bit and a testament to the sport of mountain biking being for all ages.
“Danny MacAskill has pushed the boundaries of the sport beyond what I could have ever imagined possible, but just like him, it started with that first wheelie for me too. I jumped at the chance to join Danny and help share our love of some back wheel action” – Hans Rey, Professional Mountain Bike Rider
The wheelie however is not exclusive to the mountain bike world and is embraced by all cycling disciplines and Danny wanted to share this with the world and knew exactly who to reach out to. Viola Brand is a social sensation in her own right, famed for incredible performances as an artistic cyclist, performing mind melting routines on her fixed gear bike.
“My sport is definitely not as well-known as Mountain Biking but when I got the call from Danny I knew this was an opportunity I couldn’t turn down. Danny is an incredibly talented athlete and to feature alongside him and show the world how I embrace the wheelie was special and we have more in common than not. We love bikes!” – Viola Brand
Don’t be fooled by the title of Danny’s latest film, ‘Do A Wheelie’, there is a lot more on offer. You can expect to see a collection of tricks, incredible feats of skill and world firsts that Danny has become famous for. As MacAskill ventures through a series of iconic Scottish locations, he pushes the boundaries of his riding across all types of bikes as well as being joined by a cast of riders who put Danny’s riding to the test.
“I have seen first-hand the popularity of bike riding explode over the last few years and it puts a smile on my face to see so many people loving getting outside on their bikes. Working with adidas Five Ten, we wanted to make a film that included as many types of riding as possible and let other riders become the star of the film. The wheelie was the best place to start, if you can ride a bike, you can have a good go at doing a wheelie and from there the opportunities are endless. We wanted to celebrate the wheelie, show how accessible riding bikes can be and put a smile on peoples faces. If someone picks up a bike and has a big grin trying to wheelie, then job done.” – Danny MacAskill