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Will Salisbury Athlete Ambassador

by Alexandra Parren

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Will is a competitive cyclist who enjoys the pain of training and thrill of racing. He talks to Sundried about life in the saddle.

Have you always been into sport?

Yes, from an early age. My parents were involved in motor racing growing up, but I always played team sports. After a couple of rugby injuries I turned to cycling.

What made you decide to enter the world of triathlon?

Getting injured playing rugby and needing no-contact sports. I already played golf and loved the pain you can inflict on yourself training and racing.

What’s been your favourite race to date and why?

Probably my first Cat 2/3 race where I was spat out the back pretty early on, but digging deep for 2.5 laps I got back in the bunch and competed in a bunch sprint. Not the best result, but more the mindset to not give up paid off.

And your proudest achievement?

Averaging 5 watts per kg in a 20-minute power test.

Have you ever had any racing disasters/your toughest race yet?

I have had a couple of crashes and last lap punctures, which after 45 to 60 minutes of racing is infuriating.

How do you overcome setbacks?

Worse things happen at sea everyday. Life is too short to worry about the uncontrollable. Look forward and work harder.

What advice do you wish you'd been given before you started competing?

Ensure you stay at the front of all cycling races. The further back you are in the pack, the more of a lottery it is.

What are your goals?

Currently, my main goal is to complete a 10-mile TT in 20 minutes, but on a road bike.

Who do you take your inspiration from?

Cancer sufferers worldwide and Art Berg - a motivational speaker, quadriplegic, and author of 'The Impossible Just Takes a Little Longer'.

What do you like about Sundried and what’s your favourite bit of our kit?

I love the ethical nature of the kit, what it stands for and the overall goal vision it has. My favourite kit is maybe the Century Padded Bib Shorts. You cannot put a price on a decent pair of bib shorts!

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