If At First You Don’t Succeed

Andy posted a brilliant video last week of bike handling pro Martyn Ashton doing some unbelievable tricks on a road bike. In fact, it was the Pinarello Tour de France winning bike to be precise. Most of us only dream of being able to do those tricks, and I can say with some certainty that even if I had the guts to try it, I’m not sure common sense would allow me to perform such frame threatening manoeuvres. I can feel my wallet get tense just thinking about it!

No such fear from Mr. Ashton! This may be in part because I doubt he is actually paying for the bike he’s riding, and also down to the fact that he may be lacking that sense of self preservation so essential in order to be an extreme athlete!

Here are some of the bits that did not make it into the finished film.

As a special treat I am including an interview with Martyn. Seems like a really down to earth bloke.

His message is not a new one, but it still rings true. If you love what you do, and you put in the time, you can get really good at it. Nothing comes ‘just like that’. You have to work hard at it, and to work at the level you need to in order to make it to the top, you have to love it. See how it’s all connected?

This entry was posted in Cycling and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *