Martyn Ashton – Paralysis Will Not Stop This Stunt Rider
Two years after an accident left him paralysed, stunt cyclist Martyn Ashton is back on his bike and more impressive than ever
Martyn Ashton takes the £10k carbon road bike used by Team Sky’s Bradley Wiggins & Mark Cavendish for a ride with a difference. With a plan to push the limits of road biking as far as his lycra legs would dare, Martyn looked to get his ultimate ride out of the awesome Pinarello Dogma 2. This bike won the 2012 Tour de France – surely it deserves a Road Bike Party!
Shot in various locations around the UK and featuring music from ‘Sound of Guns’. Road Bike Party captures some of the toughest stunts ever pulled on a carbon road bike.
A Film by Robin Kitchin
Produced by Ashton Bikes
On a mountain bike track in Snowdonia, Martyn Ashton has been reborn.
Two years ago, the stunt cyclist and former world champion mountain bike trials rider suffered a tragic accident. Performing a stunt at a Moto GP event at Silverstone, Ashton crashed heavily from a three-metre high bar. Damage to his T9 and T10 vertebrae left him paralysed, unable to walk – or cycle.
Today, however, sees the release of a new short film, Back on Track, featuring Ashton at the Antur Stiniog trail in North Wales. Until recently, a new Ashton video would have featured scores of dramatic tricks, jumps and flips. But this time, despite there being none of the stunts that characterised his hugely popular Road Bike Party series (the second of which, below, has been viewed over 13 million times on YouTube), the result is much more impressive.
“When you have an accident,” Ashton tells me, “the doctors try to get you to accept the situation – that you’ll never walk again. I’ve accepted that. But I never had those thoughts about cycling. I never accepted that. I just kept wondering how I could cycle again”.
Over the months following his accident, Ashton teamed up with friends old and new in his mission to get back on a bike. Mojo suspension, Nicolai frames and Tempo sit-skis have all contributed to his triumphant return and now, Ashton couldn’t be happier. “I always knew something could be done,” he reflects.
In the new film, Ashton, 40, is helped into a sit-ski seat – a piece of kit designed for use in paralympic snowsports – which is attached to an otherwise unmodified bike. He is then given a push, and sets off down the Welsh mountain.