At the Edge: Riding for My Life
'I edged forward, scoping out the summit for loose rock. The ridge was only three feet wide but I felt pretty stable. I checked my balance and peered at the sheer drop below. I could feel the confidence surging through me. I was in control. Besides, I knew that I could always bin my wheels off the cliff face if the worst came to the worst...' Danny MacAskill lives on the edge. The cyclist is legendary for his YouTube viral videos like The Ridge, Cascadia and Imaginate: nerve-jangling blurs of stunts and speed over towering buildings and mountain peaks. His life is one of thrills, bloody spills and millions of online hits. It hasn't been an easy ride. Fear, stress and the 'what if?' factor circle every trailblazing trick, which require imagination, daredevil techniques and movie-making smarts. He has spent his life pushing the extremes; somehow, he's still around to tell the tale. In this unflinching memoir of mayhem, Danny shares his anarchic childhood on the Isle of Skye and early days as a street trials rider, takes us behind the scenes of his training and videos, and reveals what it takes to go the next level - both mentally and physically. Join Danny for a nerve-shredding ride. Just be sure to bring a crash helmet.
'I've already had my nine lives on the bike...' Danny MacAskill is professional stunt trials rider for Red Bull and Inspired Bicycles. Raised in Dunvegan, a remote Scottish outpost on the Isle of Skye, he was a bike mechanic, but his passion for trials riding turned into an unlikely career when his debut video - jaw-dropping stunts played out on the streets of Edinburgh - went viral. Danny has built over 150 million YouTube hits with films including The Ridge - an epic ride across the Isle of Skye's Inaccessible Pinnacle, filmed with GoPro - while Cascadia saw him propelling himself over the top of Gran Canaria and into the crashing waves below. He has been nominated for Action Sportsperson of the Year at the Laureus World Sports Awards and the National Geographic Adventurer of the Year Award.