Greg battles tough challenges

Greg Ashley

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BRAUNSTON’S Greg Ashley, the cyclist, triathlete and ultra runner, has undergone weeks of tough challenges.

In early August he travelled to Austria to compete in ironman Austria.

He said: “It had been a very hot week in the high 30s, as a result the 3.8km lake swim was a non-wetsuit swim which meant times would be down.

“I completed the swim in 1hr 45 mins, then it was onto the bike for the 180km bike. The heat was insufferable but I got round in five hours 30 minutes. Then it was on to the full marathon. It was a real slog but I got round in four hours 30 minutes for an overall time of 12.30. A tough day then two weeks later it was off to the French Alps.

“I travelled to the French Alps to race one of the hardest triathlons on the circuit– the iconic alpe du huez tri.

“It’s a long distance triathlon consisting of a 2.2km swim, 120km bike, including two 15km climbs and ending with the climb up Alpe du huez before starting a half marathon at 2000m above sea level.

“It’s a cold lake so it was a wet suit swim. I completed the 2.2k swim in 52minutes before climbing on my bike, by now temperatures were nudging 30 degrees and by the end of the race would be in the high 30s.

“I tackled the first two climbs steady before starting the long hard climb of alp du huez. I rode the climb nicely and ended up with a time of five hours 15 minutes, as well as the 13th quickest time for the climb – not bad out of a field of 800!

“The run was tough but competed the half marathon on two hours exactly for an overall time of eight hours 15 minutes and 23rd veteran! A good days work!”

But there is no let up in the tough schedule of challenges facing Greg. He has been racing in the Peak District 45 miles ultra marathon and next month flies to the Czech Republic for the world railway cycling championships.