Interview: Duncan Shaw - Drop and Roll Tour 2016
Catching up with Danny MacAskill's team mate
Danny MacAskill, Duncan Shaw, Fabio Wibmer and Ali C are already on the road with their 2016 Drop and Roll Tour, showing stunts that left us speechless.
Words: Julia Renner Photos: Dave Mackison
We had the opportunity to pose some behind the scenes questions to Duncan Shaw. Where do they train? Who has got the potential to join the Drop and Roll Show in the future? This and much more is waiting for you - but have a look for yourself!
Dirt: How did you become part of the Drop and Roll Tour?
Duncan Shaw: Well, myself and Danny have been doing shows together for years with a team called “The Clan" and we've always talked about putting on a bigger show, which we could take on the road to Europe and beyond. Back in 2014 we finally bit the bullet and Drop and Roll was born.
Dirt: How often do you guys get together and train for the new show?
Duncan Shaw: Everyone has their own very busy schedules, so it can be very difficult sometimes to work on the show. We try and mix up the show format and features every year. At every event we do, we try and make some time in between shows to try out some new things on the rig.
Dirt: Who put the Drop and Roll Team together?
Duncan Shaw: Riders for the team was pretty much the first thing myself and Danny talked about and it was a pretty quick and easy choice. We've ridden so much with Ali both in shows and on street, so we both were fully aware of just how good he is. Fabio was also an easy choice, he had been on our radar for a couple of years after he started posting some awesome videos on YouTube and it also gave us the chance to inject some youth into the team to keep us old guys in check!
Dirt: Who decides what is shown at each Event?
Duncan Shaw: This is really a joint decision between the riders at the start of a show weekend. We tend to sit down the night before the show just to make sure we aren't going to end up doing the same stuff and agree on a running order.
Dirt: Which show is your favourite and why?
Duncan Shaw: We have had so many great shows it's hard to pick just one. Our first ever show in Baden Switzerland is definitely up there, as it came after a crazy few months of work. So to finally see it all paying off was an amazing feeling. Riding at Eurobike has also been a big one. To be there, doing shows in front of so many passionate mountain bike fans as well as the leading industry figures feels great!
Dirt: Do many things go wrong during training and shows and what goes wrong most?
Duncan Shaw: We try and present the show in a way in which messing up is acceptable and even expected. It’s a live show, so things are bound to go wrong. But some of the best reactions we get, are when a rider pulls a trick after a couple of failed attempts.
Dirt: Which trick or part of the show is the most challenging?
Duncan Shaw: There's not one trick that stands out as the most challenging. Sometimes it's the easy ones that catch you out when you least expect.
Dirt: Are there any plans to have other riders ride with you in the show and are there any favourites, who might have the potential?
Duncan Shaw: We don't have any immediate plans right now, but we always have an eye on adding to the team if the right opportunity is there. Riders like Ben Travis from England and John Langlois from France would make awesome additions to the team, if they wanted to of course!
Dirt: Do you have a ritual before a show?
Duncan Shaw: No ritual as such. We just all get together in the tent and have a laugh before it all kicks off.
Dirt: What is your highlight of the show and what do you like most?
Duncan Shaw: Probably the bunny hop competition, as it's the point in the show where we are all pushed the hardest.