Martyn Ashton started racing mountain bikes professionally in 1992 and he went on to win a World Championship trials title and numerous British Titles. He also became well known for his ‘Road Bike Party’ film in which he performed various stunts on a road bike.
However in 2013 while performing a stunt, Martyn had an accident and suffered a spinal cord injury which left him paralysed from the waist down and confined to a wheelchair for the rest of his life. The project was subsequently completed with the help of Martyn’s friends Chris Akrigg and Danny MacAskill.
Martyn gave a talk at TEDxBristol 2017 where he explains the unbelievable challenge presented by a career ending injury, and how he used a unique approach to tackle it saying: “If I’m going to be paralysed, then I may as well be good at it!”
Taking us through the antics of a man searching for a way to face the test of a lifetime, using the instinct of a competitor, plus the enjoyment and passion of a sportsman to not only discover new things but to ultimately find his way back to the sport he loves most, riding bikes.
Mel Rodrigues, Curator TEDxBristol
Daniel Edmund, Assistant Curator, TEDxBristol
Samuel Williams, Hodos Consultancy
Barney Grenfell, Hodos Consultancy
Filmed and edited by Floating Harbour Films:
Richard da Costa
With camerawork and production support from:
Bath Spa University