Episode one follows street trials ace to California as he seeks treatment for injuries that are taking their toll

Red Bull has today launched the first episode of Imaginate, a series of films following street trials ace Danny MacAskill as he prepares for "his most ambitious project yet," in which he aims to be "pushing his riding to the highest level yet."

As the first 15-minute episode shows, he first has to overcome struggles with back and knee injuries, part of the untold back story behind those videos that propelled him to fame.

In the episode, MacAskill heads to Newport Beach, California, to visit a sports spinal injury specialist for treatment on those injuries, where he also hooks up one of his own heroes, trials star Hans Rey - who seems to have designed his front garden with stunts in mind.

Also over in California are the Atherton family, with Rachel Atherton observing: "I think he's learning that if you ride hard, you've got to get injured, it's part of the job."


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.