Michael Ashworth – Keeping up the Team US spirit

A shoot with Michael Ashworth, Team USA Duathlon Athlete

Michael Ashworth Team USA Duathlon Athlete Greg Salvatorii

Last week I had an exciting shoot with Michael Ashworth, Team USA athlete competing in 2016 ITU Duathlon World Championships.

We also had one of my “informal interviews” – those who know how I work know how I love to chat and discover more about the people I’m taking pictures of. I love to know the person behind the pretty face.

Michael Ashworth Team USA Duathlon Athlete Greg Salvatorii

Michael Ashworth is an impressive guy. Successful and good looking and yet friendly and approachable. People like him make a shoot a very exciting experience – and the world a better place.

Michael Ashworth Team USA Duathlon Athlete Greg Salvatorii

His story is the story of someone with strong discipline, who’s prepared to play the long game, in sporting competition and in life. In the end, we all know that fulfilling achievements are hardly ever not reached over night, but a persistent nature will find a way to get us where we need to be.

Michael Ashworth Team USA Duathlon Athlete Greg Salvatorii

“Being fit and being an athlete are two very different things. My road to becoming a Team USA athlete actually started in 2008 the first time I walked into a gym, hoping to look the way I thought a young gay man should look. Fortunately, I found new motivation to keep me going to the gym and it had nothing to do with how others would look at me. A couple of years later, after developing a love for running, my boyfriend at the time encouraged me to try cycling. I bought a bike and I was hooked. It didn’t take long for me to find a sport that combined running and cycling: duathlon.”

Michael Ashworth Team USA Duathlon Athlete Greg Salvatorii

“My first race was on May 29, 2010 and consisted of a 2 mile run, a 12 mile bike and then a 3 mile run. I placed 11th overall and 2nd in my age category. It was not long before I moved to Miami where I could actively race almost year round. In April 2012 I qualified for Team USA and traveled to ITU Duathlon World Championships in Nancy, France. It has been four years since my first race with Team USA and since then I have competed in over 30 USAT sanctioned races. I hold the title for 2013 Duathlon National Champion and have maintained my place on Team USA every year since 2012.”

Michael Ashworth Team USA Duathlon Athlete Greg Salvatorii

“It has been incredibly challenging to train, work, travel, and just enjoy the simple pleasures in life. However, the finish lines are so much sweeter when I can look back and say that I gave it everything I could give. In just a few weeks, I will fly with Team USA (and my favorite pack of cheerleaders) to 2016 ITU Duathlon World Championships in Aviles, Spain. Come June of this year I will travel to National Championships in Bend, Oregon and hopefully reclaim my position on Team USA 2017.”

For interviews or info, you can contact Michael Ashworth on Twitter or Instagram

Michael Ashworth is also one of the +1000 models Greg involved in his latest photo book, Beards of New York.
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Greg Salvatori is an award winning New York photographer, artist and author based in Upper West Side, New York. His latest photo book, BEARDS OF NEW YORK, was featured in magazines and publications in more than 30 countries.

He splits his time between his artistic photography projects and shoots for clients. He has worked in photography and the fashion industry in London, Paris, and Florence. He has had wonderful opportunities to work with brilliant photographers and world famous designers from the beginning of his career. With passion and obsessive attention to detail, he learned as much as he could and started his own photography studio in 2007.

Greg is available for your photo shoots, contact him now

  1. Brett Reply

    Love this guy

    • Greg Reply

      Can’t blame you, he’s quite something! 🙂

  2. Paul Summers Reply

    Where do you buy a bike like that in New York??

    • Greg Reply

      I’m a photographer so I honestly have no clue, but if you ask Mike on Instagram or on Twitter, I’m sure he’ll help you. He’s super friendly and down to earth. Links to his accounts are at the end of the article 🙂
      Thanks for commenting! 😀

  3. Greg Reply

    @Paul I remembered he told me he had it custom made, but I’m not sure about the details

  4. bomb it 7 Reply

    That is a good tip particularly to those new to the blogosphere.
    Short but very accurate information… Many thanks for sharing this one.
    A must read article!

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