Martyn Ashton Rides Whistler
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Martyn Ashton Rides Whistler

October 28, 2019

(upbeat music) – So I’m finally going
to Whistler, the mecca of mountain biking. I’m making the pilgrimage
to one of the most famous riding spots on the planet. This is my chance to shine
at Whistler Crankworx! I’m gonna be getting involved,
soaking up the atmosphere, racing, hanging out with
pros and legendary trails like Blue Velvet! Crank it up, A line and B line. Actually, Blue Velvet’s just down here. They’re all within my grasp, Blake! We’re nearly there.
– Let’s go. – Let’s get a bus. – Oh yeah, let’s go this way. Bus is this way.
– That way. – Okay. I knew this was gonna be a mission. And I want to make sure
you guys see how hard it was to achieve, how many people it took, all my friends help, the fun
we had, the scary moments, the bits that went wrong,
the bits that went right, and the bits I’ll remember
for the rest of my life. I want to show you it all
and make sure you see what Whistler meant to me
’cause it was amazing. – [Blake] Mr. Ashton has arrived. His majesty’s arrived. There he is, there’s his chariot. (upbeat music) – Look at all them bags. (upbeat music) I am tired, that was a long flight. But it was very comfortable, it was cool, all of us a little group
watched some movies. Now we’re on the road to Whistler, we’re gonna stop at
Squamish for some food. Bikes are in the trailers behind us, apparently all the trails
are on fire so we’ve set them alight already. But it’s made it a bit
smokey out the back there, but apparently there’s
a really lovely view. Can’t quite see it. Everyone keeps telling me it’s lovely. I feel like it was seeing
the bike getting built up is where I really started
to get excited because Gareth was putting it
together, actually hadn’t seen the bike for a little while. And I don’t know if you’ve
seen it, but it’s a beauty. So just made it up to where
all the other boys are hanging out, I’ve been at the hotel, I’ve had a coffee and look who I found, it’s the whole team. Look at them all. Looking glorious. They’ve got a lovely pad
and some nice bikes. -We’ve got a hot tub just down there. Get you in that later. – [Martyn] I’m not getting in a
hot tub with you, dude. – [Blake] Why not, eh? – My man, Gareth’s getting me bike out. Oh look! I cannot wait to ride that bike. How precise is Gareth? Look he’s wrapped it all up, he’s got labels on. Look at this stuff. Blake, have you got your
name on your petals? – [Blake] No, I haven’t, no. – [Martyn] What’s that? – [Blake] I haven’t got a name on my pedals. – Okay shut up then.
– Okay, bye. (upbeat music) – Okay I just woke up. Today I’m gonna ride in
on the hill at Whistler. I’m pretty nervous. Nervous and a bit scared, actually. I was watching some of the
people come down the trail yesterday and it doesn’t
look like there’s much grip, which is a bit worrying. My hair looks crazy. But I think I’m just gonna
have to stay within my comfort zone today and
stay rubber side down, as they say. I’m gonna get ready. So guys, come and have a look at this. Look over in the background there. Gareth and Pete from Fox
are working on my bike, they’re about to put, and
these are the words they used, “top pro only” lowers on
my front Fox 40s in orange, pro orange. It’s gonna look amazing. What would your average rider
have to do to get these? – Win the podium, get on the podium. Get a podium on the EWS. – So how am I getting them? Actually, I won for
William, I did, kind of. The grin says it, have a look. (laughter) Biking. That was a gulp of nerves right then, I don’t know if you caught it. Keeps rising up in me
now and again like whoa. Gonna go riding bikes, can’t wait. I feel, actually, pretty
relieved now more than nervous. – That you’re finally–? – I just want to get on with it. I’m pretty scared. I’m kinda scared. – That’s natural, that’s a good thing. You don’t want to not be scared. – You want to be scared. – Yeah, you want to be scared. – Do you know what I’m most scared of? Getting over confident, that’s
when I always make mistakes. – This is A line’s last jump Mart. – Yeah, I can clear that. – This right there. – No, I don’t want to do that. ♫ I’m too sexy for my shorts ♫ Too sexy for my shorts I’m too sexy for your shorts,
too sexy for your shorts. Bye. (upbeat music) Oh, it’s freezing. I’m actually going home
now, I don’t like it. I changed my mind. Put me back down, Phil. So this is what’s happened, okay? I’m at the top of, I’m nearly
at the top of the world of Whistler Bike Park, I’m pretty nervous. But I can tell they’re
pretty nervous too so I think they really want it to go well. There’s a really funny vibe going on, there’s lots of very nervous laughing, but I’m gonna go and do it, this is it, I’m finally getting it,
I’m gonna do Whistler. I’ll tell you, I was in
my element ’cause I was just thinking the whole time down, “I’m actually riding Whistler.” Which is amazing, it sounds
so simple, but I promise you to get me to Canada on
a bike that I can ride, which has been specially built with a team of people that understand
all the things that I need, just to be able to do this, it’s mad. And doing it was wild, I
think the only word I could use was wild. It felt like we were breaking the law. (upbeat music) [Doddy] – Yeah Mart! [Doddy] – So good! Yes! Yes! First bit done! [Doddy] – Dude that was amazing. [Blake] Welcome to Whistler Martyn! [Martyn] – Wind in the hair, it’s so good. So good. (upbeat music) [Doddy] That was the coolest thing I’ve ever seen! [Doddy] – That was just some of the coolest…
[Martyn] – Yes! (laughter) (upbeat music) – [Doddy] Whoa, I’ve got you. – So it wasn’t without it’s moments, ended up in that ditch,
but Blake I could’ve ridden that out, I’m positive. I guess it rang the alarm
bells, it shows you how quickly it can go wrong. Maybe I needed a little moment. Followed that trail down, crank it up, it was amazing, got to the
bottom, high five heaven. (upbeat music) Sorry Gareth, we were all so
stoked on riding Whistler, but the big stuff was to come. I still had to practice
A line and I still had to race the Fox Air DH,
the big race at Whistler Crankworx and I was
determined to be part of it. But it wasn’t gonna be easy, actually. I had to prove I could
kind of ride the trail. A line, the most famous bike
park trail on the planet and it starts with a bit
of a drop off, basically. I haven’t done any drop offs
like that on my bike before so it was gonna be a bit of a tester. Got to be honest, the
guys were keen about me doing this drop. I think I just go, just
ride off it, it’s fine. Yeah, but I’m gonna be
going zzzzoop, straight off it. – Sure about this, Mart?
– No. Yeah, it’ll be fine. I can do that, let’s do that. Come on, we can do this. Come on lads, we can do this,
we’ve got to try some stuff. Yeah, let’s go. And we sent it off there, it was perfect. That drop was almost designed for my bike. It skimmed off there no
problem, thank goodness. The track was crazy, the jumps are insane. Tried some of them, the
moment I got a little bit confident, the old buck
came out and gave me a bit of a kick in the back side. My seated position means
that every time I go up a take off it just kicks like a donkey. I basically go back real
high on every jump so I have to be really careful. There’s only a few step up
jumps that work okay for it. Whistler, kind of famous
for it’s jumps so I was a little bit nervous and full
of trepidation of riding that course. Yeah, I’m not there to clear every jump, I’m there to get down the
trail, I want to get down the race course and say that
I raced in an international event. (upbeat music) – That’s your number, there’s my number. – We’re both the same number. Am I racing Air DH then? So we’re in. Funny moment, doing the
Dirt Shed Show, getting on with our business,
then we realise the start time for Fox Air DH, the
race we’ve travelled all the way to Canada for is
upcoming and we’ve pushed it a little bit tight. So we send Blake one way,
Gareth the other to get the bike, they meet, try to find a battery, we can’t find one. I’m rushing down frantically,
they’re following up behind, we get to the start hut– Come on Blake! (dramatic music) – Practise at 5:30 today. – The race is tomorrow? – Yeah. There’s the practise race right now. – Oh. We’re a day early. Phew. So it turns out Fox Air DH is tomorrow. We’re good. Look how knackered they look. – Oh man. (upbeat music) – Today is serious, I’m
competing in the Fox Air DH downhill, not a Fort
Williams style video where we pretend what it would be
like if a disabled athlete took part in a race and I
get to ride into that finish line area for real racing. I can’t believe I’m doing it. Gonna be amazing, I’m racing
at Crank Works for real. (upbeat music) Bit of last minute prep
going on by Gareth. Pump that shock up, dude. He’s a good lad, isn’t he. Go, go Blake, go. (mumbles) Yeah, man.
– Have fun. – Let’s go racing. (upbeat music) What am I doing? (laughter) Got me? I’m really nervous now. The beeping’s made me nervous. – [Doddy] Its’ real now. – Yeah, it’s made me really scared. I’m like, I hadn’t thought
it was gonna be all like super tech. – Don’t be over confident.
– No. – I’m not over confident,
I’m under confident. – Just like my child is
going out into the wilderness on his own and I’m nervous. (beeping) (upbeat music) [Martyn] – I’m racing A-Line [Doddy] – Yeah Mart, perfect, perfect! (cheering) [Announcer] – Lets have a big Crankworx welcome to the finish area of the Fox Air DH, Martyn Ashton everybody! (cheering) – So good. The excitement of getting
to the bottom and being interviewed just like a
racer from some downhill that I’ve watched on the TV, I
come off of the finish line and there’s people there
who have literally travelled to see me race ’cause
they’ve seen on social media that I’m taking it on. It was amazing. Such a good feeling. – You’ve done it. – A line, yes. (upbeat music) When I think of Whistler
Crankworx, one of the most memorable and iconic events
is the Whip Off World Champs. Really hard to get to, but
me and Gareth were determined to join the team there and watch. I’m trying to get to Whip
Off, we found out in the wheel chair that we’re on an
incredibly steep mountain and I can’t get there,
we’re about to fall out. So Gareth and Dave our best
friend that we’ve just met. Look at Dave he’s like a mountain. It’s gonna be fine. [Dave] – Let’s get this going,
let’s get it going. – Well we made it. We got down the mountain,
we made it to Whip Off, it’s actually happening right behind us. Thank goodness for that. But look at that mountain
we just got down. That was insane. Dude, we could’ve planned that better. [Gareth] – (laughter)…Could’ve. – The jumps these guys do are so crazy, they push it so far trying
to get as much style and amplitude and to try and win. This event, basically, is
just a bit of fun but has become one of the most
special moments of the event. It’s really spontaneous,
it feels really free, it feels really real. I loved it, I loved seeing
these guys just go for it. I even got a buggie ride
down, which was super cool. So I’d done what I’d
gone there to achieve. But I couldn’t go all the
way to Canada and not ride some North Shore. (upbeat music) Going out for a day of North
Shore at a place called River Runs Through It. Bike’s just going on the
back of an epic Chevy van. Looks so cool. We’re gonna have some fun today. (mumbling) (laughter) [Blake] – I was like, why are you
so heavy this morning? Too much vegan food. – It’s a lot of helmets,
that’s a lot of helmet. Mate, watch this. Did that make it more difficult? [Blake] – A little bit.
– Oh I’m sorry. (upbeat music) What does the trip mean? I don’t know. When I arrived at this
event they gave me my pass. Usually I get a pass
these days and it’s like a disability badge or something like that. This one says athlete at
Crankworx Whistler and it’s got my name on it. That means that the people
here looked at me like anyone else and was like,
“Well he’s riding and we’re “gonna make sure he had a
good time and has a chance “to race,” which they did. And I raced! I came here and raced. This is cool but the thing
that really comes out every time I ride my bike is
that I really do need to be helped by my friends. That was so evident this time. Today, I don’t know how many
times Blake ran back and caught me when I was
about to lose my balance. I think it’s about team
work and friends, comradery is maybe the word. I feel like we all feel
like we achieve something when we get a good shot of me riding, it’s not just me riding my bike. Last time I rode was at
Fort William and we kind of pretended that I went
to an international race and took part. This pass proves that
I can really do that. I’m really proud of that. I really am proud of that. Athlete. I haven’t felt like being
an athlete for a long time. And then comradery, just
making things work with your friends. And that’s what, for
me, going out and about with your mountain bike means. It’s going out with your friends. Thanks, you lot, that’s cool. It means good things. I’m gonna get some dinner. (upbeat music)

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  1. Where do you want to see Martyn riding next?!

    Remember to like and share this video! ⚡️ 🚲 💨💨💨💨

  2. Truly Inspirational!
    Thank you, This is why i love the UK bike scene,
    Martyn is and always will be a Legend !!!

  3. This is the best video ever! You guys are pushing boundaries and we're all better for it! Keep up the great work!

  4. Probably the coolest and most inspiring thing I've watched in a long time! You have the biggest balls to take that on. Keep it up and keep the rubber side down 🤙

  5. Absolutely phenomenal!!! What amazing mates and congratulations on what is massive achievement for anybody!!

  6. Your certainly a really great and inspirational man. Lots of respect, keep it up mate. Great job out there on the bike btw.

  7. I dont know how many times I've watched this video, but it it never gets old. This I must say is a Top 3, if not my favorite, GMBN video!

  8. It's such a blessing to have friends that share your same passion for riding bikes Mr Ashton you are a living legend and an inspiration to all mtbers it's a pleasure to watch you continue to do what you love doing

  9. That was super awesome you are amazing person and you have amazing friends , maybe one day you will get brand new legs I wish you will , legend alive you are all the best ,🙂🤘

  10. #GMBN #ASKGMBNTECH #MARTINASHTON this is the 5th time I've watched this video, and the 5th time I've shed a tear on it, it's amazing how Martin has overcome his injury and still enjoys mountain biking, I suffer from server mental health issues and when it's good, I love being on my bike, but when it's bad I watch mtb videos to try get me in the mood to ride, some times it works some times it don't, but Martin is a massive inspiration to over come an injury. Martin Ashton the legend of MTB

  11. Wow what an awe-inspiring video, you've been my Icon since the Volvo/Cannondale days in the later 90's, always loved reading about and watching your amazing skills, you are truly an inspiration to so many and to watch you achieve this is truly awesome and even emotional, it's so great to see everyone assisting you if and when you need it, they're not really friends, they're family ❤️👍 utmost respect to all of you and can't wait to watch your next adventure.

  12. Truely the most beautiful short documentary I've ever seen 🙌 this video almost had me crying. You're the coolest person I've ever seen Martyn! I hope to meet you some day in the future. Please keep riding 💪

  13. Wow, what an absolutely amazing video and ride and everything. So glad Martyn was able to do that, and that you guys were there for him all the way. I got choked up when he first took off, but was totally in tears by the end when he was chatting about what it meant to him. So stoked you were able to accomplish this Martyn! Amazing shit.

  14. You should try adding some weight in the back of the bike to help Martyn keep a good position during the landing.

  15. Watching this made me cry sooo much its amazing seeing Mart ride again and seeing how happy Blake and them are as well its so wholesome

  16. You are amazing – such an inspiration! There is such a great team of friends at GMBN – great comradeship which is so hard to find in this day and age. Keep up the great work!

  17. Your friends are amazing and you are inspirational. I'm just getting back into the game. And you've set a very high bar. RESPECT.

  18. I feel very inspired by Martyn but also the friendship between you guys is something very special and the end is what I think is worth the most in this video, Cheers to that.

  19. I never comment, but this was amazing! .. and the best part – friends that are just your heart and it is so aparent in this video… Very touching!!! Blake and Doddy, and rest of the team – high five 🖐
    And, off course, Martyn, besides the great friends you got, you’re one talented rider!
    Cheers… 🍺🍺🍺

  20. Superb guys. Big up to you Martyn for your determination. just got into the scene and MTB myself. Love the channel.

  21. i have to say , I've only watched a couple of GMBN videos before this, i loved the tandem video but then i watched this one, have to say its probably one of the best videos on Youtube! it did actually make me cry, hope that doesn't sound soppy.. totally awesome

  22. I never thought I'd be teary eyed at the end of a mountain biking video. Thanks GMBN, this was a great clip. I absolutely love the care of all your friends Martyn. Blake is such an awesome guy.

  23. Wow…157 people here have no soul. If this story doesn't inspire you, then you really need to evaluate your entire life and existence. Martyn, you are such an inspiration to thousands and thousands of people who are told everyday that they can't do the things they want to do. I hope to be able to meet you in person some day..because I want to shake your hand!

  24. Hell yeah Ashton!! It was great seeing you out there shredding again! You've got some amazing friends and I'm happy they all helped make it possible for you. I'm an above knee amputee who still rides and people are blown away that I'm still able to ride. For me, seeing you out there is amazing. Cheers brother and keep shredding!

  25. So you need to put a two leg hydraulic piston bike stand so you can stop without falling over, just pull something and then it pushes the things down, like training wheels to support you as you stop.

    To prevent you from going ass high on the jumps implement mechanical wheel that spins the same direction as your wheels that spins up specifically for the jumps then stops when you land, it would have to have rotation mass and add mass to the bike, but those jumps would not kick you as much.

    You look so happy on that bike.

  26. Holy shit i have following this channel and Martyn like 5-7 weeks and never realised he is on wheelchair. Props man really sick to see someone to do this. And happy hello from finland!

  27. It's not just about having good friends though. Yeah they're your friends and they want you to have a good time but Martyn Ashton is one of the best people I have ever seen ride a bike. That creates respect, respect of the commitment and persistence it took to get to that level. The accident happened yes… But the fact that Martyn does this kind of stuff still does not mean that the event organisers and his colleagues and friends do this out of pity or that they want to just be nice. It's founded in respect of his ability. Martyn doing this kind of shit STILL only raises that level of respect by those who surround and are involved with him. He thinks it's 'cool' that Whistler defined him as an 'Athlete'… Well yeah, it's fucking Martyn Ashton… Have you seen what this bloke is capable of? Outstanding. Great video.

  28. Best video ever. Not only are you riding in my neck of the woods, but you crushed it! I like that you explained the support behind you(beside and in front)—which made your experience possible. My son has a disability, and is often criticized for needing support—so thank you for showing this aspect.

  29. m8 Dial down the rebound on that rear shock, or use a different bike with different rear geometry, because thats crazy!! hope you sort it out. PEACE

  30. Watching the vid again! And the epic tune that I am humming to this – "With a little help from my friends". So true, and what a fine bunch of blokes, Martyn and friends are!

  31. Wow! Keep on rollin! I have a handicap too and I already use e-mid drive BBD HD on my Devinci and Specialized fatboy winter bike. What compagny is your mid drive kit?

  32. This is absolutely beautiful! The cameraderie and love between you guys is so obvious, it had me in tears! Blake, Doddy and the crew were amazingly attentive and just ooze love for Martin!

  33. I think the best thing about this video is just the love between friends it's just great to see. When Blake goes to catch you after the ditch you can just see that you guys are more than that, you guys are family. Yeah they helped you but it wasn't helping you more than just being there with you and you could see that on all their face. They were there with you not to just help. Amazing rcae to see.

  34. Martyn you are an inspiration to all. Fantastic vlog and makes me wanna go ride even more. You sir are a true legend. With an amazing group of people that surround you you can do anything.

  35. THAT really given me Goosebumps. It's THE perfect example that you can do anything if you really want it. And ist THE perfect example what friendship is capable of. Wow I hope this video give lots of people a example to do what they love, even if they thought it isn't possible, even beyond biking!
    I will show this to my little boy if he is at a point in his life feeling not being capable of doing something.
    Thanks for this awesome lifelasson telling video.
    You are really more than a bunch of mountainbiking, downhilling maniacs!
    Sorry if my gramma is not perfect.
    Best wishes from cologne, Germany 😊

  36. I’ve watched a lot of videos on MTBs, gmbn videos included. One of my favourites was when you speak on theTED stage and now, this. (I wonder why I wasn’t able to watch this for 2 years)
    I don’t even know you personally, but my eyes were teary and feel so proud of you and the whole GMBN team with what you’ve accomplished 👏🏻

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