Two years in the making, street trials rider Danny MacAskill releases his brand new riding film, Imaginate, which sees him stepping into the mind of his childhood self and doing bike tricks that you thought were only possible with little plastic Hot Wheels toys.

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 In his own words, here's how he got from every parent's nightmare daredevil-child to almost god-like trials rider...


From the age of about 4 I cycled to school. Me and my friends used to race home over all these banks and curves. Along with climbing trees and burning things, that’s how we had fun.

 
When I was younger, I was the smallest and I bounced really well too.
So my friends would come up with the idea, and I would always be the first one to carry it out.

I used to jump off the gable end of my house, which is probably about 18 or 19 ft. I look at it now and wonder how we got away with it. Somehow we did.


I spent a lot of time outside, and my parents left me to it.
They would just ask me whether I was going north, south, east or west from the house, so they knew where to send the search party.

Music is a massive part of what I do. I don't go and see a lot of bands, but when I go out riding it's just me, my bike and my music.

I've been injured a lot in the past couple of years, so now I try to do more of a warm up and not just hop the highest thing I can right away. 

I had some pretty nasty crashes, but I'm usually a bit like a cat. I land on my feet. You have to keep your wits about you when you do certain things.

A few of my friends fly wingsuits – I would love to go through the steps to do that. Maybe when I'm older, though. I'll ride my bike for a while yet.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt is really cool, and when I was doing the stunts for Premium Rush we’d go out on rides around the city on days off.

My body has already clocked up a lot of miles. I take care of myself, but there is going to be a time where I maybe can't push myself. Then, there is always the mountain-bike side of things to move into…

I’ve came along at just the right time. Youtube was only about 5 years old when I put my first film on there. I’d had a video before that that went viral on Myspace, but I didn’t actually know what Myspace was. I didn’t even have a computer.

That said, Youtube is a funny place
and there are cats on Youtube with millions of views, although it’s nice to make something you are proud of.

Find out more about Danny MacAskill at Redbull.com