Julien Dupont

Take 5

Photography: Fabio Piva
Words: Wookie Williams

One of his most insane projects: Freestyle trials rider Julien Dupont riding the Montana Rusa wooden rollercoaster in a new way. 

1 FEAR

When freestyle trials rider Julien Dupont got his first look at Mexico City’s 34m-high Montana Rusa wooden rollercoaster, he knew he was in for a challenge. “A couple of months ago, Red Bull came to me with the wild idea of riding this rollercoaster in a new way,” says the 34-year-old Frenchman. “When I saw pictures of the huge, steep climbs I got scared about my bike. I didn’t know if it would have enough power to make it to the top.”

Julien Dupont

1. “This is one of the most insane action projects I’ve done in my life.”

2 FOCUS

“My first reaction was, ‘This is definitely crazy.’ This is one of the most insane action projects I’ve done in my life.” That means something coming from a man who crossed the Gateshead Millennium Bridge on two wheels back in 2011. “This is completely new,” he says. “You have make sure you stay in the middle of the track, and it’s so high: you can see the tiny cars in the distance. You have to stay completely focused.” 

Julien Dupont

2. “I just said to myself, ‘OK, you can do it. You don’t have a trial run, so it’s a one-time opportunity. Do it or go home.’”

3 FORTITUDE

“I actually don’t like heights much,” says Dupont. “I always feel better on the ground. That morning, my thoughts were,‘I won’t be able to do this.’ When I got to the top, I thought, ‘Damn.’” The first run was crucial to Dupont’s confidence. “You have to unplug your brain, focus on your front tyre and nothing else,” he says. “I just said to myself, ‘OK, you can do it. You don’t have a trial run, so it’s a one-time opportunity. Do it or go home.’”

Julien Dupont

3. “Once I completed the first lap, I realised that I could do it,…”

4 FUN

“Given my experience, I can estimate the dangers,” says Dupont. “I tried to do it at the perfect speed for the track. Hesitation could be fatal at certain points. I went slowly when I had to and hit the gas everywhere else.” After the anguish, Dupont began to enjoy the ride. “Once I completed the first lap, I realised that I could do it,” he says. “Then everything was fun. I had a great time during the second lap.”

Julien Dupont

4. “Sometimes you have to deal with broken bones, but when I think about that, I remind myself that there aren’t many people that make a living from their passion.”

5 FIGHT

“Sometimes you have to deal with broken bones,” says Dupont after finishing his two laps, “but when I think about that, I remind myself that there aren’t many people that make a living from their passion. That’s what makes me fight the pain and keep on going. I’ve now done stunts in 28 different countries and I want to do something in every country in the world – I’ll need luck and a long life to achieve that.” 
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Julien Dupont

5. “I’ve now done stunts in 28 different countries and I want to do something in every country in the world – I’ll need luck and a long life to achieve that.”

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