Every morning on the way to work, to Macdonald Cycles on Morrison Street, the bike mechanic passes the fence at Warrender Park Crescent in Edinburgh's southwest. He had already made a few video clips and now has bigger ideas in his head. He lifts a traffic sign that's in the way out of its brace, jumps with his bike onto a power distribution box with the inscription "Danger of life!" and tries to balance over the fence. Sometimes he falls down the right, sometimes the left, umpteen times, for hours. It goes on for weeks and months, in the middle of winter. Gradually, he loses courage. His roommate, who records the videos, persuades him to make one last attempt - which is promptly successful.
On YouTube, all this only takes 77 seconds. Now the video takes off: Danny cycles up tree trunks, backflips, jumps over fences, stairs backwards up, down, with 360-degree-turn. This is Street Trial: acrobatics in public space, a kind of parcours by bike, breathtaking, difficult to follow. In the first 40 hours, the five and a half minute video is played 350,000 times - the beginning of a world career.
Today MacAskill says: "The 'spiky fence' was a trick that taught me a lot about failure, perseverance and perseverance, from which something can emerge." And how something came about: contract with Red Bull, commercials for VW, article in the New York Times, nomination as action sportsman of the year at the Laureus Award, a job as a stuntman for a Hollywood production and so on.