A short film describing how Jon Wilson, who lost his leg to cancer, uses mountain biking to sink his teeth back into life.
Jon climbs a singletrack in Vermont, USA.


Running time

6 minutes

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Our Judges say:

Inspiring journey of a one-legged mountain biker

Paul Hodgson Music Judge

After losing his leg, this rider was determined to get back out on the trails. He shows us how it’s done and proves how enabling sport can be. A really inspiring story.

Anna Paxton

An inspiration and 100% earns his descent.

Ed Birch Director of Salt-Street productions

As a young adult, Jon Wilson lost his leg to cancer. During his recovery, Jon’s family and friends bought him a bike. He hopped on it and through the pain he felt a rush that he knew was both inspirational and essential. 

 Since that day, mountain biking has played a critical role in helping Jon sink his teeth back into life. Ascend is a six-minute short that attempts to articulate how a passion feeds, nurtures, and elevates one’s physical and spiritual ceiling. Simon Perkins, the film’s director, wanted to give others a glimpse of why he feels lucky to call Jon a friend. 

“Jon does three important things for me in my life: he inspires me; he gives me perspective; and he repeatedly puts me in my place, especially on single track.”