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Barney Meets Danny MacAskill

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This is Blue Peter, but mini.

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Expect epic adventures, bakes, makes, badges, pets,

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presenters and your post.

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We've only got five minutes, so get ready for your Blue Peter adventure.

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Ah, riding my bike - the wind in my beard

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and the sun on my face.

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Bliss!

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Say, what?!

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Call that a bike? This is a bike.

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Danny, wait for me.

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Ladies and gentlemen,

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I give you Danny MacAskill.

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Put simply, he is cycling royalty

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and one of my all-time bike heroes.

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He's become world-famous for his films,

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racking up millions upon millions of views online

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as he takes his bike to places you and I would never dream of.

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He is one of the world's greatest street trial bikers

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and I am lucky enough to spend the afternoon with him,

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which makes me so very happy!

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This is one of those moments where I say,

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"Don't try this at home" - he's a professional!

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-Danny, so good to meet you, mate.

-Awesome to be here.

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Let's talk about how this started for you.

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You were, I guess, very young.

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Yeah, I only really started on the Isle of Skye.

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There wasn't a lot of things to do in my village,

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so I just used to ride my bike as much as I could.

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And what he does is called trial biking -

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that's trying to take a bike over obstacles

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without putting your feet on the ground,

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and Danny has taken it to the next level.

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It would be ridiculous for me to be here with you today

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-and not have some sort of lesson.

-Perfect. I've got a spare bike,

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so if you take my bike and I'll jump on my mountain bike and...

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Yeah. I'll show you a few... Give you a few tips.

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Amazing, let's do it.

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'I'm spending the day with Danny on the streets of Glasgow

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'and first, he's going to show me some local spots.'

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It is one big playground for you, so where we are now, for example,

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are you looking at these rails and steps and this grass as

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-possible jumps, or...?

-Yeah, of course.

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-There's this thing up here I can show you, if you like.

-Absolutely.

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'Please do NOT try this at home!

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'For our filming, we've had permission from the local council

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'and Danny is a world-renowned professional.'

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Stuff like that, for example, yeah, sure.

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'Who am I kidding? That was awesome!

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'Play it cool, Barney, play it cool.

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'We head to some flat ground so I can learn the basics.'

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OK, the first thing you'd want to learn is a track stand.

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That's basically learning how to balance on your bike without

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putting your feet down.

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It's all about becoming one with your bike in order to have

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complete control, just like Danny.

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You want to start rolling and pull your brakes

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so you're getting slower and slower and that way,

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you'll start to, sort of, feel how to balance.

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Let me try that. I'll need to take a run-up, first.

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'Steady, steady... This is a great trick to try and learn at home.'

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Very good. There you go!

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The next thing you'd want to learn is a bunny hop.

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'This right here is the bunny hop.

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'For trial bikers, it's one of the best ways of climbing an obstacle.'

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-You almost press the bike into the ground...

-Yeah.

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..and spring your body into the air.

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Then you're also going to hook your feet

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and try to lift the front wheel at the same time.

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So you're...

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'He makes it look so easy!

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'OK, my turn.'

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'Yeah, it's not that easy.'

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-Mate...

-Perfect! Well done.

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'Wow, he said it - perfect!

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'But Danny is just being kind, and let's be honest,

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-'we're not here to see what

-I

-can do.

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'I want to see how this master of two wheels can turn

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'a normal location into his own obstacle course.

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'So, we've set him a Blue Peter challenge.

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'Danny will have to navigate across these steps using only one wheel.

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'From there, he'll have to jump onto this wall, ride around the edge,

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'avoiding the three-metre drop and then jump the gap to finish.

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'And if he does it,

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'there'll be something very special waiting for him at the end.'

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And here it is in all of its glory - you want it, don't you?

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I do! I've been waiting 23 years.

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Well, those 23 years, mate,

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will take you just the next two minutes

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of your life to achieve it.

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You know what you're doing, there's the start line,

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I'll see you at the finish. Good luck.

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Perfect. See you in a bit.

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'I am so glad we got permission to do this.

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'OK, and Danny is straight into his wheelie -

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'just look at his control of the bike.

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'Next up, the bunny hop.

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'He makes it look like a walk in the park.

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'That is some serious air!

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'He uses his incredible balance to move round the wall and finally...

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'..he flies across that gap as if it isn't there. THAT is how you do it.

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'Danny MacAskill - international superstar,

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'cycling idol and Blue Peter badge holder.'

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Awesome! I've been waiting 23 years for this!

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Danny, it's all yours!

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What a legend. HE CHUCKLES

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Join in every Thursday on CBBC.

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Barney travels to Glasgow to meet cycling legend Danny MacAskill to learn some two-wheeled tricks and set him a special challenge.