“The Isle of Skye is one of the best places in the world to ride a bike”
One morning you got up to find that thousands of people had viewed one of your videos. You were 23 years old at the time. How has that changed your life?
My whole outlook on bike riding has changed. Before the video, that was in April 2009, I was focussed only on riding the bike and learning new stunts. But since then I have begun to see the bike from the point of view of a film maker.
¿When did you begin to take an interest in street trial?
I’ve been obsessed by bikes ever since I first pedalled one. I was four years old at the time. I began to ride what we call trial bicycles when I was around 11, although I had been practising skid outs and wall jumps right from when I had my first bike. I was hyperactive and adventurous as a child. I used to ride along the street, trying out whatever came into my head (and it normally ended in tears). When I was eight or nine, the brother of one of my friends and his gang began riding mountain bikes. I was the typical younger kid who followed them wherever they went, copying whatever they did.
¿How many hours do you have to train to get from amateur to professional level?
I’ve always ridden for fun and had never considered becoming a professional. Riding a bike for me is like what playing football or going mountaineering at the weekend is for others. When I’m not injured, I’m out on the bike an average two or three days a week. I’ve never thought of it as training.
Now you are involved in the ‘Drop&Roll tour’
Drop&Roll brings together the best street trial riders of the world. We do exhibition riding on a specially designed performance platform. Duncan Shaw, Ali C, Fabio Wibmer and I travel around Europe and the rest of the world with the show.
¿What is your favourite place for bike riding?
Where I’m from, no doubt at all about that. The Isle of Skye is one of the best places in the world to ride a bike.
Your homeland, Scotland, has been been the setting for your best known videos, - Way Back Home, in Dunvegan, or The Ridge, on the coast of Skye...
The Ridge was always something I wanted to do from years ago. When I was younger, I used to look at the Cuillin mountains and imagine myself on the bike up there. Videoing it was great fun and one of the most difficult and demanding projects I’ve worked on. But for me it was an act of love because I wanted to show off Skye, where I’m from, to the world.
And a place you'd love to see on two wheels?
I’d love to visit Japan sometime. And the other day I was looking at the moon and I thought to myself that it would be a good place to make a video some day . . .
Tell us something about your next project – possibly something creative like 'Imaginate’?
It’s the only thing I think about: new stunts and new places to shoot new videos. The problem is there isn’t time to do everything. I’d like to work on a short video to ease the pressure I put on myself – I’m always pushing myself to get any new project up a notch. Besides, this year we’re going on tour with Drop&Roll, so keep an eye out for our next shows.