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.
John has been writing about bikes and cycling for over 30 years since discovering that people were mug enough to pay him for it rather than expecting him to do an honest day's work.
He was heavily involved in the mountain bike boom of the late 1980s as a racer, team manager and race promoter, and that led to writing for Mountain Biking UK magazine shortly after its inception. He got the gig by phoning up the editor and telling him the magazine was rubbish and he could do better. Rather than telling him to get lost, MBUK editor Tym Manley called John’s bluff and the rest is history.
Since then he has worked on MTB Pro magazine and was editor of Maximum Mountain Bike and Australian Mountain Bike magazines, before switching to the web in 2000 to work for CyclingNews.com. Along with road.cc founder Tony Farrelly, John was on the launch team for BikeRadar.com and subsequently became editor in chief of Future Publishing’s group of cycling magazines and websites, including Cycling Plus, MBUK, What Mountain Bike and Procycling.
John has also written for Cyclist magazine, edited the BikeMagic website and was founding editor of TotalWomensCycling.com before handing over to someone far more representative of the site's main audience.
He joined road.cc in 2013. He lives in Cambridge where the lack of hills is more than made up for by the headwinds.