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Martyn Ashton (and friends) take road bike stunt riding to the next level… and then some

The eagerly-awaited sequel to Martyn Ashton's 'Road Bike Party' video is here.

Trials ace and bicycle stuntman Martyn Ashton amazed everyone last year when he took Sir Bradley Wiggins’ bike for a spin - or at least a Pinarello Dogma very like Sir Brad’s bike - and demonstrated that in the right hands a skinny-tyred bike was every bit as capable of being jumped, hopped and backflipped as a trials bike or mountain bike.

For this sequel, Martyn’s enlisted a couple of good friends - Chris Akrigg and Danny MacAskill - to help with stunt duties as he is still recovering from a spinal injury sustained when a stunt went wrong earlier this year.

Our official grumpy Northerner, John has been riding bikes for over 30 years since discovering as an uncoordinated teen that a sport could be fun if it didn't require you to catch a ball or get in the way of a hulking prop forward.

Road touring was followed by mountain biking and a career racing in the mud that was as brief as it was unsuccessful.

Somewhere along the line came the discovery that he could string a few words together, followed by the even more remarkable discovery that people were mug enough to pay for this rather than expecting him to do an honest day's work. He's pretty certain he's worked for even more bike publications than Mat Brett.

The inevitable 30-something MAMIL transition saw him shift to skinny tyres and these days he lives in Cambridge where the lack of hills is more than made up for by the headwinds.

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Super Domestique [1596 posts] 2 years ago
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Beat me to it John - I was just about to post this in the forum.

Great stuff  41

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Hoester [67 posts] 2 years ago
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Well that's just made my day. Sending good vibes to Martyn. Here's to inspiring me, and countless others to have fun riding bikes since the early 90s. Cheers.

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farrell [1950 posts] 2 years ago
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Every morning I ride through the velodrome past that yellow full pipe and see the marks left by skaters and BMXers and wondered if it was possible to 360 it.

Now I know.

Still probably wont attempt it, although I am going to have a look to see if his approach line is still painted on.

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egb [43 posts] 2 years ago
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Top stuff.  41

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mrchrispy [434 posts] 2 years ago
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ho does know he's on a racer doesnt he!!!!!!shift+1=!

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mrchrispy [434 posts] 2 years ago
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actually the best one yet....totally awesome!

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Michael Healey [7 posts] 2 years ago
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Absolutely Bonkers!  13

Loved it, get well soon Martyn.

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parksey [343 posts] 2 years ago
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Incredible skill.  41

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OldRidgeback [2554 posts] 2 years ago
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bluddy lycra louts

wouldn't lend him my bike

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neildmoss [264 posts] 2 years ago
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Backwards, downhill, on wet hairpin roads. On the front wheel only  13

Take that, Eskil Ronningsbakken.

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fancynancy [78 posts] 2 years ago
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Puts a huge smile on my face!!!!  41

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kitkat [313 posts] 2 years ago
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Amazing, well done guys  41 Hope Martyn's well on the singletrack to recovery.

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Some Fella [890 posts] 2 years ago
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Once again it seems Martins Law* has been abided by.

*Martins Law dictates that if one produces a video that has cycling as its subject matter one must add truly truly awful music to it.

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jarredscycling [456 posts] 2 years ago
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The second video and I still have such a hard believing it is real the stunts are so impressive on a road bike

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IanW1968 [251 posts] 2 years ago
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brilliant but radged, loved it.

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Sadly Biggins [269 posts] 2 years ago
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Brilliant - amazing bike handling. Best wishes to Martyn for a speedy recovery too.

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tourdelound [151 posts] 2 years ago
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 13 ..... HOW?

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Rouboy [88 posts] 2 years ago
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Keep the vids coming this guy knows how to entertain..

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37038 [15 posts] 2 years ago
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Ruddy mental!  41

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picko [68 posts] 2 years ago
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Typo fairy - Chris Akrigg, not Askrigg

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J90 [288 posts] 2 years ago
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As usual Danny killed it, made the other two look not quite so good. He looks strange in lycra, on a road bike!

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Guyz2010 [302 posts] 2 years ago
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Fab stuff, how they have the nerve to do that I do not know. What a way to treat an £11K bike.

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Guyz2010 [302 posts] 2 years ago
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Fab stuff, how they have the nerve to do that I do not know. What a way to treat an £11K bike.

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GREGJONES [259 posts] 2 years ago
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What wheel are those that don't snap! Makes me realise that 3x for the club runs is probably a bit overkill, since I'm only nine stone.

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CJSTEVENS1955 [86 posts] 2 years ago
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Brilliant

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tailwind10 [43 posts] 2 years ago
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Just incredible - best wishes Martyn, you still keep us entertained!

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GerardR [117 posts] 2 years ago
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I am in awe of his skill, which I suspect comes from hours of practice (& falling off more than once). regards from summer in the Antipodes  1

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Al__S [958 posts] 2 years ago
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this blog post, as well as telling the full story, details the bike

In short, the wheels are road racing ones, with GP4000 clinchers.

Time to be less worried about what punishment super lightweight road bikes can take?

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Matt eaton [733 posts] 2 years ago
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These vids are a gentle reminder of what bike riding is all about - having fun.

Out for a road ride and spot a tempting bit of singletrack weaving down though the woods? No, you don't need to go home and get your MTB, just gun it! Running to the shops and pass the skatepark on the way back, why not have a go at jumping the box on your roadie?

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caaad10 [184 posts] 2 years ago
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Matt eaton wrote:

These vids are a gentle reminder of what bike riding is all about - having fun.

Couldn't agree more, let's hope this helps riders of all disciplines unite in the joy of it ALL....