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Scottish trials star heads to Latin America for latest venture

Danny MacAskill’s long-awaited new film, Epecuén has arrived - and it’s breathtaking.

The eponymous venue is an Argentinian town that was drowned in 1985 when the dike protecting it from a nearby lake was destroyed. 

A thriving tourist town vanished overnight and by 1995 it was submerged under 33 feet of the salty water that had once attracted visitors for its therapeutic properties.

Climate change has recently caused the waters to subside and a salt-encrusted ghost town to emerge from the lake as a playground for MacAskill’s amazing talents.

Watch Epecuén here.

Our official grumpy Northerner, John has been riding bikes for over 30 years since discovering as an uncoordinated teen that a sport could be fun if it didn't require you to catch a ball or get in the way of a hulking prop forward.

Road touring was followed by mountain biking and a career racing in the mud that was as brief as it was unsuccessful.

Somewhere along the line came the discovery that he could string a few words together, followed by the even more remarkable discovery that people were mug enough to pay for this rather than expecting him to do an honest day's work. He's pretty certain he's worked for even more bike publications than Mat Brett.

The inevitable 30-something MAMIL transition saw him shift to skinny tyres and these days he lives in Cambridge where the lack of hills is more than made up for by the headwinds.