The Drop and Roll Tour will be touring the globe in the upcoming weeks. After having just completed shows at the Belladrum Festival in Scotland at the weekend, Danny MacAskill, Duncan Shaw and Ali Clarkson will be boarding a flight to Indonesia for shows on August 19 & 20. After rocking Asia for the second time since their last trip to the Philippines, the crew will be heading back to Europe for two events.
The kick-off of their tour of Germany will be in Düsseldorf at the “Caravan Salon” with their new partner Eberspächer on August 26 & 27. The Drop and Roll Tour will then head down south and also join up with Fabio Wibmer for the Eurobike Consumer Festival in Friedrichshafen with the support of the tourism region Livigno. Fans can look forward to jaw-dropping tricks and stellar moves and plenty of giveaways from Five Ten, Continental, GoPro, Lezyne, Muc-Off and Magura. We sat down for a quick chat with Duncan, to see how much he is looking forward to hitting the road with the boys once again.
Hi Duncan! Things are getting interesting this month and you will be travelling together with Danny and Ali for four weeks straight to shows on other end of the globe and then in Europe. Looking forward to it?
Of course, it is going to be a busy one, but travelling to loads of new places with some of your best friends. What’s not to like…
You have introduced a couple of new features to the rig this year. Who came up with the ideas and how are you enjoying them?
I always feel it is important to keep things fresh for both the riders and spectators, so new obstacles and features are a must. We have the new “Eberspächer 7 Footer” complete with a high skinny, which I can’t wait to introduce to the crowds this month. We also have a new “Bike Rail” set up, which lets us show off our trials roots to the crowds.
You just mentioned a new partner. Eberspächer is a heating and air conditioning specialist. Do you feel the need to keep a cool head in the van when you travel from show to show?
Yes, for sure. With shows, you have to consistently perform regardless of how you are feeling and the weather conditions. Having an off day really isn’t an option. We literally spend hundreds and hundreds of hours in the bus every year travelling to shows all over Europe, so it is important that we are comfortable whilst on the move. I stupidly ordered the Drop and Roll bus without air conditioning, so until now the inside of the van has reached unbearable temperatures during the summer. Now that we have the new system in the bus we can travel in comfort and get some work done on the laptops in between shows.
Last year you and the whole team including Fabio flew to the Philippines for a couple of shows. Are you looking forward to riding in the tropics again?
Even though I live in Scotland I definitely feel like I am designed for warm weather. After having had an absolute blast in the Philippines with the guys I cannot wait to be back and get some clips done in the sun later this month. We have also heard that there is a pretty big trials riding scene in Indonesia, so it will be awesome to catch up with the locals and have a ride with them at their spots.
After four shows in Indonesia you embark on a 7,000-mile trip back to Düsseldorf, Germany for some shows before heading to the Eurobike Festival Day. What are you looking forward to and what can the fans expect?
Although we have done a few shows in Germany in the past, we have never been to Düsseldorf. It will be great to take the team to a new city. Everyone who comes to the event can look forward to plenty of action and the loudest spectators are always rewarded at our shows. Whilst it is always great to do shows at bike events, it is also great to take the show to a more general audience and get them stoked on bikes. We are all massive camper van geeks so we are looking forward to checking out all the sweet caravans and campervans on show. Eurobike is always a blast and it will be great to meet up with Fabio once again.