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Matthias Dandois: The Flat Side of Things

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French cyclist Matthias Dandois is a five time BMX flatlander champion. This Nov 2015 video, The Flat Side of Things 2, demonstrates the skills he’s developed since he began practicing at age 12. What’s flatland BMX?

Flatland is a freestyle BMX riding style performed on smooth flat surfaces that do not include any ramps, jumps, or grindrails. It is sometimes described as a form of artistic cycling with a blend of breakdancing… Tricks are performed by spinning and balancing on the bike in a variety of unexpected positions. Riders almost always use either knurled/grip taped aluminum or plastic pegs to stand on to manipulate the bike into even more imaginative positions.

Another video from August 2016: The Flat Side of Things 3.

And for a look at his skills in front of an audience, here’s Dandois at a VANS Jam in the city of Orange in December 2016:

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