He was once a world champion trials mountain bike rider, but Martyn Ashton’s greatest achievements might be coming after the 2013 crash that left him paralyzed below the waist.
Last summer, Ashton amazed fans by riding a purpose-built bike in “Back on Track.” Last weekend, at the Fort William mountain bike World Cup in Scotland, he tackled an even more challenging trail, one that the world’s best downhillers race on every season.
To handle Fort William’s rugged track, the 41-year-old was aboard a Canyon Sender CF with a Tessier chair, which paraplegic athletes often use for skiing. This chair was, of course, modified to fit the bike. The Canyon was also outfitted with a $5,170 E-Go electric motor to help Ashton through the sections where riders would ordinarily have to pedal. The suspension was also specifically tuned by Mojo Suspension to accommodate his weight balance, which is heavier on the rear wheel, as well as a high center of gravity.