Julien Dupont rides Athens

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Julien_dupont_athens.jpgWe like Julien Dupont’s freestyle trials because it’s the antithesis of the overly sponsored, lowbrow corporate stunting that’s currently rife on cable television. Instead of some rednecks with little regard for their own safety and a couple of dirt bikes, Julien’s “freeride everywhere” approach directly tackles the same obstacles and audience as skating, BMX and other accessible urban sports. As such, a mainstream audience is able to understand and appreciate what Julien does in a way that’s much deeper than “holy shit, those guys are crazy.”
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Instead of limiting his riding to finding new ways to risk his life,
Julien finds inspiration for his stunts from places like the artistic
crimes of Philippe Petit (Man on Wire), seeing urban landscapes that we
take for granted as a series of obstacles and opportunities.

Here, Julien rides through Athens, using its ships, streets, docks and shopping malls as his playground.

Julien Dupont

  • http://jalopnik.com Andy Didorosi

    What kind of bike is that?

  • stu

    very cool and the soundtrack rocked

  • Phil H

    Wes, thanks for featuring this. Hopefully this bring more exposure to the awesome sport of trials riding (motorcycle or bicycle – both of which has been around for a long time before ‘stunting’) to your audience in the US.

    Most stunting is weak or unsophisticated (to put it nicely) maybe with the exception of the outstanding pioneers such as Christian Pfeiffer.

  • http://weroam.wordpress.com Darek

    I think it’ll be a sad day when a good rider like pastrana dies for some dumb ass show.

  • Nick Goddard

    A young gun has just lost his life kicking ass…

    Trials is great for developing slow-speed balance and skills without big risks. I ride bicycle trials, but it screws with my freestyle bmx riding, because i just sit there trying to do pedal kicks and 270 drop-ins, rather than riding dirtjumps brakeless.