An accident in 2013 left trials star Martyn Ashton paralyzed from the waist down, but even when he was recovering in the hospital he knew that one day he’d be back on a bike. With some help from his friends Danny MacAskill, Chris Akrigg and Blake Samson, the day finally came.
Martyn was injured during a trials demo held in September 2013 at Silverstone’s Moto GP, England. During one of the stunts on the Animal WD40 Action Sports Tour, Martyn fell backwards off of a 10-foot-high bar and hit the ground with enough force to dislocate the T9 and T10 vertebrae in his spine. As he discusses in the interview below, he’s paralyzed from the T7 vertebrae down, which makes him feel as if his torso is floating when he’s upright. It’s inspiring to see Martyn back on the bike after only a couple years. So what are Ashton’s new riding aspirations?
“I think it’s as open ended as anyone riding bikes is. I want to ride. I want to get as many opportunities as I can to ride. I don’t know much more than that other than that I want to enjoy riding my bike,” said Ashton. “I’m looking at downhill tracks and stuff at the moment because that’s the obvious thing–it’s gravity–so I’m looking at tracks and thinking, ‘could I get down there?'”
Hell yeah, Martin. You’re an inspiration to us all and we’re stoked to see you back at it.
Watch the full interview with Martyn Ashton:
Have a look at Martyn’s custom Mojo Nicolai Geometron: