Stunt cyclist Joe Maher cut from London 2012 opening ceremony

Basildon Recorder: Joe Maher Joe Maher

A STUNT biker was left devastated after being dropped from the Olympic opening ceremony just 12 days before his long-awaited performance.

Joe Maher, 25, from Westcliff , was told on Sunday his four-minute appearance in the Isles of Wonder spectacular had been cut due to security and time concerns.

He had been preparing for the once-in-a-lifetime performance since he was selected in March, alongside three other British stunt bikers.

Mr Maher said: “When the organisers called me up and said they had some really bad news I knew straight away what it was going to be, but it wasn't until I got off the phone that it started to sink in.

“I was meant to be doing this amazing one-off show and then it was just taken away through no fault of my own.

“I am used to doing trials in front of 5,000 or 10,000 people, but to go to the Olympics and perform in front of millions is a whole new level.”

He began stunt riding at the age of 12, and soon went on to join Mad – the world’s largest mountain bike stunt and trials display team.

Trials riding sees bikers test their impressive handling skills over a range of obstacles.

The Isles of Wonder show, inspired by Shakespeare’s Tempest, was to see four stunt riders showcase their talents alongside 50 BMX riders.

However, due to fears it would overrun and not finish by 12.30am the director of the opening ceremony Danny Boyle, was forced to cut next Friday’s spectacle by 30 minutes.

Mr Maher slammed the organisation of the Olympics and £27million opening ceremony, revealing he only attended four rehearsals due to repeated cancellations.

He said: “If the opening ceremony was today I wouldn’t have a clue what I was doing.

“They have had so many years to prepare, you would have thought everything would be organised way in advance.”

To see clips of Joe in action visit www.youtube.com

Comments (6)

Please log in to enable comment sorting

4:05pm Mon 23 Jul 12

PJR-121 says...

This is word for word the exact same story that appeared over the weekend. Does anyone at the Echo check to see whether these stories have been published before?

I understand they're probably lifted from the paper, but still...
This is word for word the exact same story that appeared over the weekend. Does anyone at the Echo check to see whether these stories have been published before? I understand they're probably lifted from the paper, but still... PJR-121
  • Score: 0

5:24pm Mon 23 Jul 12

APR says...

This happens so often
This happens so often APR
  • Score: 1

7:16pm Mon 23 Jul 12

diane m says...

Wouldn't it be nice for him to be at the Hadleigh biking event and open that off with his skills?

I feel whole-heartedly sorry for this young man, so much talent and he's local.

If anyone can give this a nudge and make it happen, please do, he deserves it :)
Wouldn't it be nice for him to be at the Hadleigh biking event and open that off with his skills? I feel whole-heartedly sorry for this young man, so much talent and he's local. If anyone can give this a nudge and make it happen, please do, he deserves it :) diane m
  • Score: 1

8:17am Tue 24 Jul 12

streetboy75 says...

cancelled due to time and security???? what is the security risk in this????
i have seen him perform before his great, he should rep the coutry, i agree, he should be allowed to open the hadleigh event.
cancelled due to time and security???? what is the security risk in this???? i have seen him perform before his great, he should rep the coutry, i agree, he should be allowed to open the hadleigh event. streetboy75
  • Score: 1

12:31pm Tue 24 Jul 12

Andycal 172D says...

It's ok, he can go back to terrorising other road users with his "stunts" - there'll be the world famous "riding across a pedestrian crossing", "cutting up vehicles on the left hand side" and always a fantstaic hit "riding on the pavement".
It's ok, he can go back to terrorising other road users with his "stunts" - there'll be the world famous "riding across a pedestrian crossing", "cutting up vehicles on the left hand side" and always a fantstaic hit "riding on the pavement". Andycal 172D
  • Score: -1

1:00pm Tue 24 Jul 12

The Real Haze says...

Andycal 172D wrote:
It's ok, he can go back to terrorising other road users with his "stunts" - there'll be the world famous "riding across a pedestrian crossing", "cutting up vehicles on the left hand side" and always a fantstaic hit "riding on the pavement".
Lol!
[quote][p][bold]Andycal 172D[/bold] wrote: It's ok, he can go back to terrorising other road users with his "stunts" - there'll be the world famous "riding across a pedestrian crossing", "cutting up vehicles on the left hand side" and always a fantstaic hit "riding on the pavement".[/p][/quote]Lol! The Real Haze
  • Score: -1

Comments are closed on this article.

click2find

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree