Road Bike Party star Martyn Ashton, left paralysed from the waist down after crashing during a stunt show in 2013, is to join BBC1’s daytime line-up as co-presenter of a programme that aims to inspire people taking part in community projects.
The bike trials legend, whom many have hailed as an inspiration for the manner in which he has tackled his life-changing injuries, will form part of the team presenting a weekday morning show, People Power.
His fellow hosts will be Dave Myers of Hairy Bikers fame, Chelsea Flower Show gold medal winner Juliet Sargeant, and Nicki Chapman, presenter of programmes including Wanted Down Under and Escape to the Country.
Earlier this year, Ashton tackled the Fort William downhill mountain bike course on a specially adapted bicycle. Riding with his friend Danny MacAskill, the pair’s ride on the World Cup course was featured on the ITV programme Real Stories.
According to the BBC, the new programme, which will comprise five 45-minute episodes over the span of a week yet to be confirmed, aims “to show that all of us have something we can do, however small that can make a huge difference to the lives of others.
“In a bid to build a sense of community and shared responsibility for those around us in need, the team will be calling upon volunteers to put their skills, imagination and elbow grease to use to put something back into the communities in which we live.
“Over the course of the week they will be highlighting some incredible volunteering projects around the UK, whilst also calling on some well-known faces to help them bring a lasting and impactful transformation to one community in need.
It adds that Ashton “will be visiting projects around the UK to bring inspiration back to the community project.”
Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.