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Globetrotting BMXer explores Portugal’s charming capital city on two wheels.
French BMX rider Matthias Dandois is no stranger to taking his bike out onto the streets and mesmerising people with his array of tricks. For his latest project Dandois, 28, headed to Lisbon for the first time. Here is all you need to know:
– Dandois filmed in Lisbon, Portugal, a city he now describes as “one of my favourite places in Europe”, using drones to capture his tricks from the skies above all to the backdrop of Portuguese guitar music.
-Of the filming experience, he said: “It was nice to focus more on the artistic side with the cobblestone more than pure technical riding. Some of the best drone shots I’ve ever seen are in there.”
-He learned a new NBD (never been done) trick in Lisbon and performed it in the video. Describing it, Dandois said: “I jump on my seat post, then do a full body varial and land on my front peg.”
– The Frenchman took up BMX riding in his local skate park back in 2002 and six years later – at the age of 19 – he had been crowned the world’s best. He now has six world titles to his name.
– On his perfect bike, he insists he isn’t fussy for his tricks, just a regular BMX bike with skateboard grip on the pegs to avoid slipping and his own signature frame with a steep front end for nose wheelie tricks and a short backend for reactive spins.
– He jokes that his bike is like having a partner: “I definitely have a love-hate relationship with my bike. So, it looks like a girlfriend relationship to me. I don’t sleep with my bike though. Haha!”