Road Bike Party star Martyn Ashton, who lost the use of his legs after a crash during a stunt show almost 18 months ago, is back on wheels doing tricks – after turning his wheelchair into a mobility scooter and then putting it through its paces.
Ashton, whose drive and determination have been inspirational since that life-changing crash at Silverstone in September 2013, did so with the use of a device from Barcelona-based Batec Mobility that turns a wheelchair into a powered three-wheeler.
The video below, which he posted to Facebook this morning, is the result and shows him sliding across gravel, ploughing through puddles and even pulling a wheelie – and having a lot of fun in the process, by the look of it.
Earlier, he had posted a picture of the Batec device.
Simon has been news editor at road.cc since 2009, reporting on 10 editions and counting of pro cycling’s biggest races such as the Tour de France, stories on issues including infrastructure and campaigning, and interviewing some of the biggest names in cycling. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, his background has proved invaluable in reporting on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, and the bike industry. He splits his time between London and Cambridge, and loves taking his miniature schnauzer Elodie on adventures in the basket of her Elephant Bike.