The youngest winner of an Ironman in the history of this extreme event that combines swimming, cycling and running, the British Philip Graves, will compete on May 28 in the first edition of the Bilbao Triathlon.
Graves, which has as main reference to have won an Ironman with just 20 years, specifically in the United Kingdom in 2009, will be one of the great entertainers of the new event in Bilbao, which kicks off with force.
Born in York and residing in Swansea, the 22-year-old British triathlete played his first absolute national championship at 17, the Royal Windsor Triathlon, and at 19 he was selected by his country for the European championship.
Graves is trained by the prestigious Jack Maitland, triathlon manager of Carnegie Sports, of the Leeds Metropolitan University, a Scottish who as an athlete participated in world and European championships, also in the Commonwealth Games, and renowned mountain racing racer, some of great hardness like those of Everest and Mount Cameroon.
Maitland, who also trains three-time world champion Alistair Brownlee, has made Graves a whole new triathlon talent, within which he especially dominates the cycling segment.
The young Briton, who has not competed in recent weeks, had a splendid and triumphant month of March, in which he won the English tests of Tesdale, Harrogate, Doncaster and Stockton week after week, after having finished sixth in the Duathlon of Lanzarote at the beginning of the season