Martyn Ashton and friends have just released a 27-minute documentary chronicling the story behind road bike stunt riding film Road Bike Party 2 which is approaching 10 million views on YouTube.
The documentary interviews with Ashton, Chris Akrigg, Danny MacAskill, and film maker Robin Kitchin together with behind-the-scenes footage, outtakes, and anecdotes, aiming to give an insight into the story behind Road Bike Party 2 and the aftermath of the life-changing accident that failed to derail it.
Ashton says he has been genuinely overwhelmed by the support he and the film have received.
He said: “The journey through making this video was full of incredible highs and desperate lows. Somehow we made it happen and the end result is something we can all be proud of.
“I think this look behind the scenes shows just how much hard work and energy went into getting it done. It also shows how much fun we had, the laughs and crashes too.
“It’s crazy but it was the best of times during the most desperate of circumstances.”
This might be his last ever two-wheeled riding film, but Ashton is determined to stay involved with cycling despite losing the use of his legs in a stunt-display crash in 2013. He now works as a presenter and producer for Global Cycling Network and has spent time recently training on a handcycle.
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.