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Cool Video: Biking Daredevil Rides On Top Of 24-Foot-Tall Arches Of Fort Worth Bridge

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Mat Olson rode along the tall, tall arches of the West Seventh Street bridge in Fort Worth.

Have you heard about the guy who drove on the arches on top of a bridge in Fort Worth?

Mat Olson is an adventure addict. On Saturday afternoon, the professional BMX stunt rider rode the 24-foot-tall arches on the West Seventh Street bridge, which recently reopened in Fort Worth. He did it in about a minute. Those arches are skinny – move an inch in the wrong direction and you’ll fall into the Trinity River.

Here’s a look at his incredible feat:

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The reaction

A small crowd gathered to watch, cheering him on. Police were nearby, too. They talked with him afterward, and gave him a warning.

“He did it!” a woman screamed.

“It seemed like I was on top of a mountain,” Olson, 25, told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “It was all windy and crazy when I was up there. It was pretty exhilarating, that’s for sure.”

Film crews followed him across the bridge. (They’re shooting a video featuring his crazy acts.)

Here's a closer look:

How do you do that?

“Immediately before his ride, his helpers placed support planks Olson had made from plywood and 2-by-4s over the meeting points of the bridge’s six north-side arches,” the Star-Telegram reported.

Olson told KXAS-TV (Channel 5): “When I was going up and over the top of those things, it was really a judgment call over how much and when to use my brakes and really hit that bottom piece of the slant and be able to get up the other side. But the scariest part was pedaling up it," Olson said.  "If you start slowing down you get the tip factor and you don’t have much room to fall there.”

Ouch. Ouch. Ouch.

KXAS-TV reported: “Olson’s had plenty of warnings about how dangerous his career choice is.  He’s suffered 13 concussions, had three knee surgeries, a ruptured spleen and had his front teeth (and replacement front teeth) knocked out seven times.”

Don’t try this at home.

You want to leave this to the trained professionals.

“I figured this would be another way to get my name out there,” Olson told the Star-Telegram.  He hopes to compete in the X Games. “It’s big. It’s crazy. It’s scary. It’s appealing. It’s not for the faint of heart.”

Want more?

Want to watch more videos of Olson in action? Click here.

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Eric Aasen is KERA’s managing editor. He helps lead the station's news department, including radio and digital reporters, producers and newscasters. He also oversees keranews.org, the station’s news website, and manages the station's digital news projects. He reports and writes stories for the website and contributes pieces to KERA radio. He's discussed breaking news live on various public radio programs, including The Takeaway, Here & Now and Texas Standard, as well as radio and TV programs in New Zealand and the United Kingdom.