Voodoo Unicycles go north for spectacular stunts

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THEY’RE the gravity-defying showmen who’ve entertained Prince Charles and electrified crowds at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

But now dare-devil collective Voodoo Unicycles – based in Edinburgh – have released a breathtaking new film contrasting hair-raising feats of balance with spectacular Highland backgrounds to rival stunt cyclist Danny MacAskill’s tour de force “Long Way Home”.

A Highland backdrop and new challenges for the quartet. Picture: contributed

A Highland backdrop and new challenges for the quartet. Picture: contributed

Founded by Jason Auld, 25, Voodoo Unicycles has been stretching the limits of what can be achieved by a man on a wheel since 2008, regularly performing at high-profile events, catapulting the group around the world.

The newly released ten-minute clip is a lesson in extreme unicycling with high-octane rushes down rocky coastal inclines, pedal grinds and precision riding along motorway guard rails with a stomach-turning 100-foot drop below.

There are also incredible feats of athleticism that involve the unicycle crew leaping across turrets of a ruined castle.

Mr Auld, who lives in Southside, set up the collective five years ago after a successful Fringe run with his unicycle inspired him to give up the 9-to-5 rat race and plunge head-long into a career in entertainment.

He said: “We wanted to create something that was bigger than any individual person. We are now trying to pursue bigger and better things.

“The idea was to create a business where we could do extreme unicycling performances. It feels like a sub-culture or movement. We are trying to express ourselves by doing something on a unicycle.

“The biggest job I have done personally was entertainment at the Formula One Abu Dhabi grand prix.

“We also did stuff at the Paralympic Games in London last year and I had the pleasure of performing for a charity called Business in the Community where I met Prince Charles and Dame Kelly Holmes.

“Prince Charles actually said when he was younger he wished he had spent more time playing football or learning how to ride a one-wheel bike.”

The former Boroughmuir High School pupil said the Highland road trip was born out of a desire to unicycle in jaw-dropping surroundings.

He said: “The feedback from the video has been fantastic. It’s been entered into a few film festivals in the past few weeks with people almost requesting that we enter it. In the beginning most people are taken aback by what we can do.

“We have always had that element of surprise and so pushing it further in dramatic surroundings is what we wanted.”