The brainchild of YouTube sensation Danny MacAskill, the Red Bull Street Light Sessions have been created to give street trials enthusiasts the opportunity to see the pros in action, as well as trying out a range of Inspired Bicycles on purpose-built courses and get some tuition from the pros themselves.
The second of the Red Bull Street Light Sessions was held at the River Street Developments in the centre of Manchester. A purpose-built course was set-up at the venue, designed by Martyn Ashton, utilising several levels of an unfinished multi-storey building. A large group of pros came along for the event to demonstrate street trials style, to provide tuition and to compete for a £500 prize in a competition for best trick and ride of the evening. The competition was judged by Mongoose rider and six times national bike trial champion Chris Akrigg. Chris would usually be competing himself, but had to sit it out after sustaining injuries from a fall off a 40ft cliff in a recent video shoot.
As with the Bristol event, the rain during the evening didn’t dampen anyone’s spirits and the pros riders displayed a wide range of tricks and stunts including a back flip from Martyn Ashton and some amazing jumps up to the second storey. There were also plenty of amateurs having a go on the course using the Inspired Bikes available or their own bikes that they’s brought along for the evening. No Limits Photography are always willing to get involved too so our own Dan Wheatley had a go on one of the Inspired Bikes!
The competition was won by 27-year-old Ali Clarkson, known as ‘Ali C’, who displayed a ‘no fear’ approach throughout the evening.
View all our photos from the evening in our Red Bull Street Light Sessions Manchester Flickr set.