In Issue 101, Chipps takes a look at the inspirational rider behind the 2015 Singletrack Legend Award, Martyn Ashton.
Oh and that reminds us, you can vote in this year’s Singletrack Reader Awards here. There’s a whole host of categories including “Best Written Article”, “Best Bike Over £2500” and “Mountain Bike Personality Of The Year”.
Photos by Steve Behr.
Ever since Martyn Ashton was young and impressionable, watching his heroes – on motorbikes, on trials bikes and mountain bikes – he knew that he wanted to become a professional sportsman. He saw Hans Rey performing and thought ‘Yes, I want to do that. I want to ride bikes for a living’. And slowly, bit by bit, he has achieved what he set out to do, in the most apparently casual, cheerful and laid-back way.
Step by step, he ticked off the qualifiers to getting what he wanted out of life. Although his start in magazines was a lucky accident, it was also reasonably inevitable and everything else since has been choreographed with the aim of performing for the public.
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