THE ICON OF THE NEW BMX GENERATION
BMX bikes started rolling over hills and plains back in the 70s, where tricksters performed their stunts on their Schwinns. There have been many other types of bikes that have become popular since then, but there remains a steady fascination with these sturdy steel and aluminum steeds and this has given rise to the next-gen riders among the millenials.
The best-known BMXer today would be Matthias Dandois, who began street riding 14 years ago at the age of 12. He became enthralled with the sport after watching it on TV and started practicing tricks when he received his first BMX bike. “I really got into it and started to do amateur competitions. I won every amateur competitions I entered and [then I] started to ride in professional competitions and travel the world,” he shares.
Dandois has now traveled the world to promote his passion for BMX bikes, proving that progression and creativity are the keys to stand out in the BMX scene. After winning a series of competitions and performances, Dandois now dominates the BMX Flatland World Championships. He is considered as an icon of the sport, and has been crossing over the disciplines of the street and flatland.
A day ride is something de rigeur for someone who started pedaling at the age of two back in France. “I usually ride three hours a day. If I ride flat, I go to La Bastille, which is really close to my place in Paris. If I go street riding, I love to go to Beaugrenelle, which is an odd area in Paris built in the 70’s with really cool obstacles. I usually ride a little bit more than a normal practice session to feel good on my bike, but there is no special training really. I try to stay fit and healthy as much as possible,” he shares.
Dandois is performing live in the Philippines in October 2015. “I have never been to the Philippines, but I know there is a big BMX scene there and I can’t wait to ride with them!” he shares.
“The cycling community will definitely grow up! With fossil energies decreasing, bike will be the fastest and cheapest way to get around. I cannot wait for that time to come!” he added.
- Time Machine
- Steam Roller
SIGNATURE TRICK: No hand Spinning Halfpacker
“In every place I go to, I try to get a little souvenir tattoo, so my arms and legs are like my passport.”
- I’ve always lived in Paris.
- I have been to more than 50 countries in my life.
- I ride as much BMX Street than BMX Flatland.
- I’ve played drums for seven years.
- I live exactly 35 seconds from my riding spots.
- I love to party.
- I hate being in the same place for more than an hour.
- I’m hyperactive.
- I have the most beautiful girlfriend on Earth.
1st Place: BMX Summer Camp Contest (San Diego, USA)
2nd Place: IKXA Extreme Barcelona – BMX Flatland (Barcelona, Spain)
2nd Place Overall: BMX Flatland World Circuit Championship
1st Place: Arnette O Marisquiño XIII BMX – Flatland (repeating his 2012 title) (Vigo, Spain)
2nd Place: FISE World Montpellier – BMX Flatland (Montpellier, France)
1st Place: VANS rebeljam Flat Style Award (Tossa de Mar, Spain)
1st Place: Dew Tour Ocean City (Ocean City, USA)
1st Place: BMX Worlds Cologne – Pro Flatland (Cologne, Germany)