Happy Gaz Hughes conquers Mont Ventoux in triathlon

Bassetlaw Triathlon Club member Gaz Hughes achieved an ambition when he completed the gruelling Ventouxman triathlon in France.

Tuesday, 28th September 2021, 8:48 am
Updated Tuesday, 28th September 2021, 8:48 am
Gaz Hughes approaches the summit of Mont Ventoux.

The event features a 2km swim in Lake Girardes, then a 90km ride that climbs the famous 1,912m Mont Ventoux after an initial 35km of gently undulating countryside.

Once over the top a short descent takes you into a 20km trail run.

It was a real slog and I was very relieved to get to the finish,” he said.

“But it was another race from the bucket list ticked off.”

Mont Ventoux has been a mainstay of the Tour De France for many years.

“I just took it steady and tried to get into a rhythm,” he added. “I managed to pass 50 people on the way up who had obviously set off too fast.

“The last 4K was a struggle as there were clouds at the top, so the temperature dropped and I was starting to cramp up a bit. Then there was a 5km freezing descent.”