Mountain Biker Joy Rides on a $13,000 Carbon Road Bike

Pro­fes­sion­al cycling has cer­tain­ly seen bet­ter days. Last week, the Inter­na­tion­al Cycling Union for­mal­ly stripped Lance Arm­strong of his sev­en Tour de France titles. This came after Arm­strong refused to con­test an evi­dence-filled case pre­pared by the U.S. Anti-Dop­ing Agency, and after Arm­strong’s for­mer team­mates start­ed con­fess­ing to dop­ing one by one. (On that note, Tyler Hamil­ton, once a domes­tique for Lance, gave a rather reveal­ing radio inter­view this week, along with Daniel Coyle. Togeth­er they co-wrote a new book, The Secret Race: Inside the Hid­den World of the Tour de France: Dop­ing, Cov­er-ups, and Win­ning at All Costs.) Any­way, this is all a long way of say­ing that cycling fans could use some­thing to smile about. And maybe this fits the bill: Above, we have Mar­tyn Ash­ton, a well-known moun­tain bik­er, tak­ing a $13,000 Pinarel­lo Dog­ma 2 out for a very casu­al rad­i­cal spin. Enjoy.

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  • Alan says:

    This type of rid­ing evolved from tri­als rid­ing, a niche of cycling that involves rid­ing on obsta­cles. The per­son to pop­u­lar­ize the cur­rent move­ment of tri­als is Dan­ny Macaskill. He cer­tain­ly was­n’t the first to do this type of rid­ing and he may not even be the best, but he has a very dis­tinc­tive style blend­ing tri­als and freestyle BMX. The 2009 video linked below was his big break­out moment, he has released a cou­ple of oth­ers since which are also impres­sive to watch. Even as an avid cyclist of both the road and mtb dis­ci­plines, I am in com­plete awe of these ath­lete’s abil­i­ties.‑o

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