Simulators are one of the best use cases for virtual reality (VR) in both consumer and commercial forms. But it’s not often that you see a cycling simulator, especially one which involves death-defying drops. That’s exactly what British creative agency Rewind has developed with Scottish trials cyclist Danny MacAskill.
Called Danny MacAskill’s VR Ride Out, Rewind collaborated with Cut Media and Santa Cruz bikes to build a one-of-a-kind bike rig which you can demo at the Ride Out bike store in Amsterdam. Riders will get to experience real-time feedback of the terrain as well as the pitch and roll thanks to the customised platform.
The VR experience has two options, either riding the dizzying Collies Ledge in the Isle of Skye, Scotland, or a balancing act along the Landwasser Bridge in Switzerland. They were created using a combination of headcam and drone footage from Cut Media’s film The Ridge.
“It was a pleasure to work with the team at Cut Media and bring to life two of Danny’s most famous biking trails in virtual reality. By tightly integrating the Santa Cruz bike with the motion platform in Unreal Engine, we’ve created an exhilarating, world-first VR mountain bike experience,” said Neil Evely, Head of New Business at REWIND in a statment. “It literally puts you in the saddle, letting you experience those routes first hand.”
“We’ve collaborated with Danny for twelve years, and we’ve been so proud to help showcase his incredible skills for viewers all over the world. It’s such a thrill to put the audience on Danny’s bike for the first time and test their mettle against a vertigo-inducing white-knuckle trip that will challenge their balance and composure with heights,” adds Stu Thomson, Founder and Director at Cut Media.