Video: behind the scenes at the making of Martyn Ashton's Road Bike Party 2

The highs and the lows of a film almost derailed by disaster

by John Stevenson   May 12, 2014  

Blinking flip! A still from the Making of Road Bike Party 2

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.

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Remarkably philosophical attitude from Martyn Ashton. Inspirational.

posted by Yennings [210 posts]
12th May 2014 - 15:00

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Normally when I sit down to watch a video like this, I come away with a sense of "that is X amount of time i'll not get back"

This one, who cares, I don't need that time back, it could have been a two hour documentary and I would have still watched it intensely.

I think some of that comes from not being able to do things on a road bike that I used to be able to do myself, one being just ride it for any length of time, I think I could do a couple of miles, I can ride one from the LBS to my workshop now without falling off, but that is just from building up my riding on a recumbent.

I cannot wait to see what Martyn comes up with in the future. I can imaging him out for a spin on his hand trike looking at everything like an obstacle, like I did when I first got my trike.

I can also see him, depending on how his body would take it, trying stunts in a wheel chair. You have to be slightly bonkers to do the sort of riding he did before and that would just go away because of the accident. So I'm sure he'll come back with something crazy.

Great video and WELL worth watching ride till the end.

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posted by Gkam84 [8797 posts]
12th May 2014 - 16:50

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Wow had me in tears!!!! What a guy.

posted by gazzaputt [179 posts]
12th May 2014 - 17:02

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posted by nowasps [246 posts]
12th May 2014 - 18:33

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Wow what a fantastic film!
An amazing bunch of talented guys.
Martyn is an inspiration.

posted by tomski [3 posts]
12th May 2014 - 19:48

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A staggering film… Martyn must have had some dark days, but to be so upbeat and positive about this project (and the future) is an inspiration… truly amazing and worth finding the time to watch the whole 30 minutes!! - Muddy bikes, Road bikes and Family rides in Malmesbury and the South West

posted by Mombee [42 posts]
13th May 2014 - 16:00

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Got another 10 minutes to spare?

Listen to Simon Richardson interview

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posted by Gkam84 [8797 posts]
13th May 2014 - 17:11

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That is awesome (in the proper sens of the word!). A lot of respect to Martyn and all the best.

posted by domofarmfrites [19 posts]
25th May 2014 - 14:06

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What an inspiration a true legend and an awesome guy, Danny and Chris you were amazing, I have always admired all of you having watched this twice ! that opinion is hugely magnified.

posted by 124g [14 posts]
25th May 2014 - 19:52

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