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The inspiring moment that paralysed champion cyclist Martyn Ashton got back in the saddle with the help of an adapted bike and his friends. See SWNS story SWRIDE: A former world champion cyclist paralysed in a crash has returned to the saddle for a jaw-dropping downhill bike ride. Martyn Ashton, 40, was left paralysed from the waist down after an accident when performing a trials display at Silverstone in 2013. He was told he would never walk again, let alone ride his beloved bicycle. But the courageous cyclist has overcome incredible odds to become the first person with such injuries to ride a two-wheel mountain bike.