Every now and then someone comes along who redefines what is possible on a mountain bike. They ride a bike like it’s an extension of their legs. In fact they can do on a bike what us mere mortals couldn’t even do on our feet!
The big question though is why? Why push the boundaries?
George Mallory, an English mountaineer who took part in the first three British expeditions to Mount Everest is famously quoted as having replied to the question “Why do you want to climb Mount Everest?” with the retort “Because it’s there“.
Well, mountain bikers have the same drive and passion as those climbers who pioneered the slopes of Everest, except they want to push the limits of what is physically possible on a bike.
Kenny Belaey’s Balance has to be the most recent epic stunt on a bike; riding a slackline over a 112m drop in the French Alps at an altitude of 2700m
Here are my other top choices of mountain bike pioneers:
Lastly, my top pick, and if you watch one video, this should be it: Dangerous Dan’s flying circus (redux). Back in the 1990s Dan was building wood structures 20/30ft high to ride across, he paved the way for Kenny Belaey and his recent stunt. The council would often destroy his trails, but he’d build more, compelled by the drive to conquer narrower and higher structures. You can also read more about him here.