Q&A: Greg Parker (Estrella Ambassador)

Greg Parker, a local fast man down south, top coach and now a duathlete tells us about his season so far on his Estrella bikes

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Q&A: Greg Parker (Estrella Ambassador)

Q: Tells us about what Estrella bikes you have if more than one, what you use them for (training/racing/sportive/off road etc etc)
Greg: I currently have a Fangoso (Gravel/winter bike), a Ligero (training bike) and a Fugaz (TT and Duathlon race bike).

Q: What groupset do you have on your bike(s) 
Greg: SRAM Rival 1 x 11 on the Fangoso, SRAM RED ETAP on the Ligero, SRAM Force 1 x 11 on the Fugaz

Q: What wheels are your favourite ones for racing on and why?
Greg: Enve 7.8 SES on the Fugaz. Silly fast wheels with the Vittoria Corsa Speed tubeless set up.

Q: How has your winter training been and have you had a warm weather training camp?
Greg: Winter training has been relatively trouble free and to plan. Just got back from three weeks of training camps in Provence which I run for client’s of my coaching business GPCC so I get to do a huge block of endurance over this period.

Q: How many hours a week do you have time to train?
Greg: Varies, but usually around 10 – 12 hours with 2-3 hours running and 8-10 hours cycling.

Q: Do you have to mix training with work etc
Greg: No, I guess i’m pretty lucky in that my job gives me a huge amount of flexibility as to when I can train.

Q: What is the longest ride you do per week?
Greg: Again, this varies but usually no more than 4 hours.

Q: Have you had your first race this year yet?
Greg: Yes, my first ‘A’ race was Powerman duathlon in Majorca. My aim was to finish and set a reasonable time to qualify for the European and World age group championships. I won my age category so was over the moon with that result!

Q: What races are you most looking forward to in 2019
Greg: Powerman European middle distance duathlon championships in Denmark on 12th of May. I’m also looking forward to a few 50 and 100 mile TT’s where I’m hoping to lower my PB’s again after smashing them all last year!

Q: What would it take for you too look back at 2019 and feel it was a great success?
Greg: To finish the year with a few age group podiums in the duathlon races would be cool. Other than that, if I can set some blistering times and PB on the key event time trials that will make me happy. The rest as they say is in the hands of the gods!



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