Daredevil Cyclist

January 16, 2014 by Stephen Auerbach - No Comments

Wow, this video feels fresh and dangerous and dumb and brave all at once.  This reminds me of my earlier days when I was a TV Producer and I specialized, for a few seasons, in Stuntmen and Daredevils.  That was my beat.  I came to recognize the outlaw spirit that fueled many daredevils.  This video of Matt Olsen reminds me of that and it’s less about cycling than it is about defying convention.  And that’s why I like it!  What do you think?

Story from ABC NEWS

Matt Olson didn’t want to use the bike lane.  So the BMX rider scaled the arches of a Fort Worth, Texas, bridge Saturday, pedaling along a strip of concrete less than 5 feet wide. No guard rails, no net.  It took Olson just moments to traverse the West Seventh Street Bridge’s six arches, calling it an “amazing feeling to be up that high.  Cars drove across the bridge below as he completed the trip.  Olson’s friends watched nearby, shooting video of their friend’s extreme adventure. Someone else was also watching: a police officer. “He looked a little mad,” Olson said. “I think he was more astonished. “I think he was more amazed I was alive than anything and gave me a stiff warning to not try this again.” After the stunt, city officials placed bags of concrete and wooden barriers to stop copycats. As for Olson, he says he’s just thankful he crossed the bridge unscathed.