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Gregathlon: Pedal to the peaks

1 man. 3 mountains. Lots of cycling.

He's only gone and done it! The highest mountains in Wales, England and Scotland didn’t stop him. Extreme exhaustion didn’t overcome him. The ‘Beast from the East’ and an unprecedented red weather warning… Okay, they temporarily halted Greg James’ progress, but he came back and finished what he started, completing Radio 1’s Gregathon: Pedal to the Peaks for Sport Relief.

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Greg's challenge

  • Greg James crossing the finish line

    THE RETURN - CHALLENGE COMPLETE

    Greg James has completed his incredible challenge that saw him battle the Beast from the East, climb the three peaks and also cycle between them

  • Greg james summits Ben Nevis

    THE RETURN - DAY THREE

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    Greg climbs the highest peak in the UK, Ben Nevis, on the final leg of his challenge.

  • Greg hiking up Ben Nevis

    THE RETURN - DAY THREE

    Greg begins the climb up Ben Nevis on the final day of the challenge

  • Greg cycling in front of a snow-capped hill

    THE RETURN - DAY TWO

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    Greg battles a dodgy stomach, hard hills and terrible weather during the Gregathlon Part 2, day 2.

  • Greg James on a little boy's bike

    THE RETURN - DAY TWO

    With a long day of cycling ahead of him, Greg swaps to a more serious set of wheels

  • Greg returns to complete his challenge

    THE RETURN - DAY ONE

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    Greg is back to complete the rest of the challenge, halted two weeks ago by the incessant Beast from the East. Now he's back on the bike and raring to get to Ben Nevis!

  • THE RETURN - DAY ONE

    Greg is officially back on the road!

  • Greg sat in front of a fire

    DAY FOUR

    Travel conditions became too dangerous to attempt to get to Ben Nevis. The team made the very difficult decision to bring the challenge to a halt, until it was safe to continue.

    But Greg was determined to return...

  • Greg James looking frustrated

    DAY FOUR

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    Day four of Greg’s challenge proves to be a frustrating one. The extreme weather conditions make it too dangerous for Greg to continue this week.

  • Greg James at the top of Scafell Pike

    DAY THREE

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    On day 3 of the Gregathlon an exhausted Greg makes it to the top of Scafell Pike, before cycling to the Radio One mobile studio.

  • Greg getting back on his bike

    DAY THREE

    Greg reaches the bottom of the mountain and gets straight back on his bike

  • Greg James Summits Scafell Pike

    DAY THREE

    He’s done it. An exhausted Greg summits Scafell Pike!

  • Greg James cycles in a snow storm

    DAY TWO

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    On day two of his epic challenge, Greg James attempts to cycle 135 miles, as the Beast from the East arrives to make his challenge even more difficult than it already is.

  • Greg eating pizza in a bath

    DAY TWO

    101 miles on the bike - and a well deserved pizza for Greg

  • Greg in the snow

    DAY TWO

    Snow has fallen, the mountain bikes are out and Greg's attempting a 135 mile cross-country cycle!

  • Greg James walking up Snowdon

    DAY ONE

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    On day one of his challenge, Greg scales Snowdon and cycles 80 miles in an arctic blast. As you do.

  • Greg sets off!

    DAY ONE

    The challenge begins! Greg James starts his climb up Snowdon

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    Greg's challenge

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    Five days, three mountains, loads of cycling.

The route

DAY 1: Snowdon and cycle to Daresbury - COMPLETE
DAY 2: Cycle from Daresbury to Nether Wasdale - COMPLETE
DAY 3: Cycle 5 miles, then climb Scafell Pike, then cycle to Abbington - COMPLETE
DAY 4: Cycle from Abbington to Fort William - COMPLETE
DAY 5: Climb Ben Nevis - COMPLETE

Greg training with Greg Whyte

Challenge fact file

  • Greg is attempting to climb the highest mountains in Wales, England and Scotland.

  • He's estimated to burn around 10,000 calories a DAY – four times the average amount for an adult man!

  • Winds get up to 65mph on Ben Nevis – at 45mph some people have to crawl, not walk…

  • Greg has had to undergo specialist winter mountaineering training before being allowed to even consider climbing in the icy conditions!

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Thanks to Berghaus, Orro, Dare2b, LIV, Giant, Altura, Garmin, New Balance, Snugpak, Haglofs, British Bike Hire, National Trust, West Lakes, Brynmor Morgan: Barron Hill Estate and John Muir Trust.