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BBC enlists Danny MacAskill's help to explain how we manage to ride a bike

Trials ace will feature in Monday's BBC Two show, The Human Body: The Secrets of Your Life Revealed...

A BBC Two programme will next week explore the processes that enable people to ride bicycles – with the help of trials ace Danny MacAskill.

Airing at 9pm on Monday 9 October, the episode forms part of the series The Human Body: The Secrets of Your Life Revealed.

In a trailer for the episode, MacAskill says: “Riding a bike for me just feels completely natural, as if I’m on my feet.

“It’s kind of similar to running over rocks on a beach. You just know exactly how far you need to shift your feet to get to each rock.

“It’s the same for me when I ride my bike.

“I know exactly how much pressure to put on my pedals, it’s almost easier for me to do it on my bike than on my feet.”

While the 31-year-old’s skills are way beyond anything all but a handful of cyclists around the world can achieve, and riding a bike is something most of us learn in childhood, when you take a few moments to reflect on it the act of cycling is possibly the supreme example of man and machine in harmony.

Judging from the trailer, the programme will seek to explain exactly what it is that makes that happen.

MacAskill has often been featured on the BBC before, including in a documentary that took a behind-the-scenes look at how his video The Ridge, shot on his native Isle of Skye, was produced.

> BBC documentary follows Danny MacAskill as he rides The Ridge

Simon joined as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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Lamb Henry | 6 years ago

He's lost a bit of weight!

BarryBianchi | 6 years ago

Nah.  That's not really him.

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