Category: films

Martyn Ashton & friends, oh my goodness

by crankpunk

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this made me laugh. and gasp.and then as i read more about the film it brought a tear to me eye.

holy flip.

“It’s very different to what I planned but I’m really starting to love it and care for it,” Ashton said about the film. “It’s a brilliant collection — you can lose the fact that we’re on a road bike as it just looks like a great piece of riding. The first Road Bike Party was all about it being a road bike but this one, the road bike doesn’t get a chance — the stuff that we do collectively is beyond what would be ‘normal’ for a trials bike. It’s exceptional.”

Ashton had a terrible accident whilst competing that left him paraplegic and in a wheelchair, something i didn’t know about until i saw this video this morning.

Martyn’s attitude to the accident is humbling.

“I just felt lucky, you know? ‘F–k, I nearly killed myself’. But I hadn’t, so I felt really chuffed to be honest.”

and the fil,? wow. incredible stuff. i’m out to buy me some Vision wheels after i post this…

all the best Martyn, crank on!

check out the amazing video here below…



cp vid #2: crankpunking in Singapore

yes, i’m in Singapore, over here to race in just a few short hours on Saturday morning, Batam 6 Bridges race, which you may have guessed, yes!

is a race over 7 bridges.

i like Singapore, it’s kinda scary in that it is way too clean for a city but other than that it is an interesting place, some very cool buildings and generally amazing weather. the cycling kinda sucks, unless you like riding up and down the same road and getting honked at by every third car, but yeah, definitely worth h a visit.

here’s a little video in which i say ‘little’ about 8 times. still kinda shoddy on the camera, hopefully i’ll improve…

Museeuw & the pave

if you’ve always wanted to see how Boonen does it and you haven’t seen this site you should, as they run a service that offers you the chance to ride famous Belgian cobbles with none other than Johan Museeuw – so if you fancy a chat about doping with a former pro who confessed (years after he stopped riding, naturally), here’s your chance! they’ve made this rather lovely little film giving a glimpse of the the riding over there – looks like fun.

which reminded me of this curious film made for Rapha from last year, which Ridley Scott had something of a hand in. it’s a bit nuts in places but worth a watch.

‘and if we must die, let it be riding’

crankpunk’s been sat here feeling a bit gloomy as a result of yet another injury that means more time off the bike, which means more consoling junk food and even more huffing and puffing to be done when i finally do get back in the saddle. then i came upon this fantastically wonderful short film from Spain which not only compelled me to write this and brought a tear or three to my weary eyes, but also made me realise i have nothing to complain about.

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