It’s been a great year for riding videos, with Danny MacAskill releasing a follow-up to the YouTube clip that made him an overnight star, Martyn Ashton showing that road bikes aren’t as delicate as you might think and Gee Atherton going head-to-head with a motorbike.
There’ve also been some stunning commercial releases – including Follow Me and the long-awaited Life Cycles – but for this list we’re sticking to the most popular videos that can be watched for free online. Here’s our pick of the five most popular vids we’ve showcased on BikeRadar this year…
1 Danny MacAskill – Way Back Home
Scottish street trials sensation Danny MacAskill’s 2009 Inspired Bicycles clip has now been viewed over 22 million times on YouTube. His latest film, Way Back Home, follows Danny as he travels from Edinburgh to his home in Dunvegan on the Isle of Skye, calling in at some incredible riding locations along the way.
2 Amazing stunt riding… on a carbon road bike
It’s not every day that you see a carbon road bike being used as a stunt machine – hopping over boulders at the beach and styling it up at the skate park. British trials legend Martyn Ashton does just that and more in his latest video, made to promote BikeRadar Live 2010 at Brands Hatch.
3 Gee Atherton vs David Knight
For Red Bull’s latest challenge, Gee Atherton found himself racing enduro motorbike champ David Knight down the Fort William downhill course in Scotland. Atherton, the reigning World Cup champion, had the advantage of knowing the course well, having raced there dozens of times. But Knight, the current Enduro E3 world champion, had a four-stroke engine to power him across Aonach Mor.
4 Red Bull Rampage 2010
American rider Cameron Zink won the Red Bull Rampage freeride competition in Virgin, Utah in October, ahead of Britain’s Gee Atherton and Canada’s Darren Berrecloth. Zink pulled off one of the biggest moves in freeride history – an impossible-looking 360 off Oakley’s Icon Sender ramp – to top the podium, win the best trick award and take the overall win in the Freeride Mountain Bike World Tour (FMB).
5 Doddy and Cal ride Whistler Bike Park’s Schleyer trail
Fed up of the snow, ice and freezing weather at the moment? So are we. So why not watch Mountain Biking UK’s Doddy and Callum Jelley riding the sun-drenched Schleyer trail in Whistler. It was recorded using Doddy’s own homemade ‘boom’ – a wooden construction which helps give a different perspective of the trail.