By Rory Murphy
For his latest extreme challenge, Danny returns to the Isle of Skye to climb and ride down the legendary Dubh Slabs on the edge of the Cuillins, one of the most remote of Scotland’s classic moderate climbing routes with some of the finest friction slabs.
Make sure you witness this extraordinarily intense and nerve-wracking mountain bike ride and top POV and drone footage – https://youtu.be/4Ym2F-tHdkk. Hashtag #theslabs
Danny’s latest video, a We are Peny Media production directed by both Robbie Meade and Danny, shows the biking professional scrambling to just below the summit of Sgurr Dubh Beag / Little Black Peak (733m), one of the most technical sections of the Dubh Ridge, unroped, with his bike strapped to his back.
From here, the real test begins.
Set against the magnificent backdrop of unrivalled mountain wilderness views, Danny navigates his way down the seriously technical 900-metre route, over a very steep ledge system of black ‘boiler-plated’ Gabbro slabs, exposed steps and drop-offs, buttresses and grassy clefts, to the shores of Loch Coruisk at sea level.
Danny MacAskill, the world-renowned street trials and mountain bike rider and YouTube sensation from the Isle of Skye, said: “I was pretty nervous tackling a lot of the obstacles on the route.
“The most challenging part was definitely the final 200-metre slab vertical section, which on the first day was just not possible to ride. It was very exposed and had a very difficult run out.
“This made the grip, braking and balance very difficult. You literally feel gravity just pulling you down the rock and when the only thing stopping you is your brakes you really feel how steep it is. Luckily, it all worked out and I managed to get off the slab onto the grass reasonably controlled.
“As much as I enjoyed riding the Dubh Slabs, the most memorable emotion was the relief and satisfaction heading back over the loch on the boat after finishing the filming!
“I really hope everyone enjoys this video and we hope it inspires some fun bike adventures when we are allowed to properly explore Scotland again.”
The 34 year-old Scot is widely known as one of the most entertaining content creators the world has to offer. More than 11 years after his breakthrough video, ‘Inspired Bicycles – April 2009’, that included mind-blowing stunts filmed at iconic locations across Edinburgh, was uploaded to the internet, this and his many other video projects have racked up well over 300,000,000 views on various YouTube platforms.
The Ridge (October 2014), Danny’s last feature video filmed on Skye, where he tackles the ‘Inaccessible Pinnacle’ on the Cuillin Ridge, has been watched at least 74,576,094 times on YouTube!