Street trials supremo Danny MacAskill is back with a new video that sees him return to Macdonald Cycles, the Edinburgh bike shop he was working at when the Inspired video shot by Dave Sowerby propelled him to fame a little less than three years ago. Meanwhile, it has been revealed that the shop itself has become one of the Scottish capital's more unlikely tourist destinations.
Produced to tie in with his new sponsorship by accessories and tools brand Lezyne – a variety of its products are featured throughout – the new video, called Insight and filmed by Stu Thomson of Cut Media, is less about the action, though there’s still plenty of that, and more to do with MacAskill reflecting on his sudden rise to fame.
That itself has turned out to be a double-edged sword - “I actually ride a lot less than I used to,” he reveals, although he quickly adds that he appreciates the opportunities for seeing the world that turning pro has given him.
Proving he’s not just a one trick pony (shouldn’t that be ‘multi-trick pony?’ – ed) MacAskill also puts the trials bike aside to do a bit of mountain biking on Dumyat in the Ochil Hills above Stirling.
The Scotsman has reported that the Morrison Street shop where MacAskill used to work has turned into a must-see destination for cyclists visiting the Scottish capital due to the worldwide exposure it received in the Inspire video, which has been viewed nearly 30 million times.
Shop manager Liam Dawson told the newspaper: “You see people turning up all the time to take photos from across the street. It’s like a shrine. Danny was kind enough to give us the bike he used for that jump too, and people regularly come in wishing to have a look and photograph it.
“It’s turned into a nice wee piece of folk memorabilia. It’s good to have the castle and the Old Town and all that but this is where most bike fans make for.”
He added that he was unaware of anyone else attemping the stunt that saw MaAskill jump from the roof above the front of the bike shop to one on a photocopy shop on the other side of an alleyway. "Danny’s the only one I’ve ever heard of landing it but, who knows, someone might have had a go after dark,” he revealed.
MacAskill, whom the newpspaper revealed is currently in California recuperating from recent surgery on his back, said: “It’s amazing that folk turn up looking to have photographs taken outside the shop. I’m glad I can repay Macdonald’s in some way for all the long lunches I used to take when I went cycling around the city.
“The video back in 2009 was shot with a load of mates during those lunchbreaks, I never thought it would prove as popular as it has.
“Edinburgh played a big role in my progression as a rider and I’m grateful that I can give something back, however small.”
A spokeswoman for national tourist agency Visit Scotland added: “It’s fantastic to see that where Danny MacAskill first became a world-wide star has become a mecca for cycling fans everywhere and further adds to Edinburgh’s portfolio of great things to see and do.
“Edinburgh & Lothians is home to world class attractions and is loved the world over for its exciting programme of year round events that take place.
“However as highlighted here the city and surrounding area is also home to unofficial attractions which can provide people with another compelling reason to visit which can often help to enhance the visitor experience.”
Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.