Revised: August 2021
- Strathpeffer, Scotland
A promising MC3 rider, Graham has performed well on both track and road in his formative years with the Great Britain Para-cycling programme, justifying his decision to turn his back on mountain biking earlier in his cycling career.
A product of the Great Britain Cycling Team development programme, Scotland’s Graham was born with bilateral club feet, which leaves him with no calf muscle and little to no movement in his ankles.
Having fallen in love with cycling at the age of four, Graham started competing in mountain biking three years later and raced across Scotland but caught the attention of British Cycling’s Para-cycling coaches in 2016 at a talent identification day in Derby.
In 2017, he claimed his first national para-cycling road title and was selected for his first World Championships on the road in 2018. There, he secured a top-ten finish in the road race, underlining his potential.
He made his debut at a UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships in 2019, where he finished agonisingly close to a medal in both the kilo and pursuit but, before the end of the year, Graham would announce his arrival on the world stage.
At the UCI Para-cycling Road World Cup in Baie-Comeau in Canada in August, Graham was in dominant form as he pulled off the double of winning both the road race and individual time trial, where he edged countryman Ben Watson into second place.
Having lost the chance to compete in 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Graham entered the delayed Paralympic year of 2021 looking to find his medal form ahead of the Tokyo Games.
He certainly did that in May, at the prestigious one-day Belgian road race the Classics Ronde in Flanders Brugge-Ronse where he won, with Watson again in second place. Later that week, in Ostend, Belgium, Graham also finished sixth in both road race and time trial at a round of the UCI Para-cycling World Cup.
Graham headed to Tokyo having secured his first medal at a UCI Para-cycling Road World Championships after he collected bronze in the road race in Cascais, Portugal. The young Scot also finished just out of the medals, in fifth, in the time trial.
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Selected Career Highlights to Date
UCI Para-cycling Road World Championships, Cascais (Portugal)
Bronze, road race
UCI Para-cycling Road World Cup, Baie-Comeau, (Canada)
Gold, road race
Gold, time trial race