Lee shines on the Alpe d’Huez

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TRIATHLETE Diane Lee once again showed she was a force to be reckoned with at the recent Alpe d’Huez Long Distance Triathlon in France - billed as one of the toughest in the world.

Lee put in an awesome performance to finish as the top overall age group female out of all categories, and secured a place on the Pro athlete-winning podium.

Leading the amateur athletes from the start, Lee never looked like being caught throughout the whole 90-mile race.

The 2.2km swim from Lac Verney proved no problem for Lee, finishing among the lead Pro men and women. Then came the torturous 74-mile bike leg covering three mountain passes that have been used in the Tour de France.

The end of the ride culminated in the iconic 13.8km climb up the Alpe d’Huez, where a 21km off-road run awaited the athletes.

Lee showed her climbing strength up this last climb by continuously overtaking the male competitors in front of her and emerged into the run transition the clear leader. She was able to maintain this lead to the finish line.