YORK triathlete Philip Graves secured another comfortable victory in the fourth round of the Rudy Project Time Trial Series in North Yorkshire on Sunday, to make it three wins out of three.
The Clifton CC rider ? who donned trainers immediately after the event and went for a run – remains committed to the triathlon calendar, and had earmarked the Rudy Project events to gauge his cycling form ahead of the triathlon season beginning in earnest.
With three wins in the bag against good opposition, Graves will now concentrate on the three-discipline sport. Just days before Sunday?s event, he had his entries confirmed for the prestigious half and full Iron Man UK events later this summer.
?I was pleased to get another win, and of course it caps a good week for me,? he said afterwards. ?I?ve enjoyed doing these events and I?m sure I?ll be back. I?m just not sure when.?
Graves clocked 1-14-14 for the three-lap 26-mile course at Middleton Tyas, more than a minute better than his nearest rival, Arthur Doyle (Dooleys Cycles RT), while KB Cycles rider Dominic Munnelly was third, another 55 seconds off the pace.
?I take my hat off to Graves,? said Munnelly. ?He?s a quality rider. He?s young and he?s got great raw talent. He could go on to do great things.?
Rudy Project Series (round four, Middleton Tyas, North Yorkshire).-
1 Philip Graves (Clifton CC) 1-14-14
2 Arthur Doyle (Dooleys Cycles RT) 1-15-23
3 Dominic Munnelly (KB Cycles RT) 1-16-18
4 John Tuckett (AW Cycles) 1-16-48
5 Patrick Owen (Team Endura) 1-20-28
6 Darren Gee (Teesdale CRC) 1-20-56
Women.- Michelle King (Wyre Forest CRC) 55-16. Juniors.- Jack Green (Westmead Team 88) 53-53. Veterans on std.-John Woodburn (VC Meudon) (57-37) +11-54.