“AN INCREDIBLE CHALLENGE”
David was introduced to triathlon by early-morning airings of the Trans World Sport TV show. “I thought, ‘These triathletes are crazy!’” he recalls. “However, above all, it looked like an incredible challenge.”
The Scotsman took up the challenge at the tender age of 17, when he competed in the 2005 New Year’s Day Triathlon in Edinburgh. The decade that followed saw David focus on Olympic Distance racing, with several top-10 finishes in ITU World Triathlon Series events, a silver medal at the 2011 U23 World Championships, and seventh place at the 2014 Commonwealth Games.
IRONMAN STAR IS BORN
2015 saw David turn his attention to Ironman racing, and he didn’t waste any time earning impressive results. After two third-place finishes at Ironman 70.3 races in Mallorca and Kraichgau earlier in the season, the 27-year-old rookie outran the rest of the field to win Ironman UK by nearly five minutes. He surprised even himself: "I knew there was an outside chance to make the podium, but to come out on top is fantastic," David said after the race. "I didn’t even expect to be doing an Ironman last year. I’m struggling to put into words how pleased and proud I am.”
A KONA CONTENDER
A few months later, David nearly cracked the top 10 at the Ironman World Championship in both 2015 and 2016. The positive momentum continued into 2016, with wins at Challenge races in Galway and Poznan, and third place at Ironman Lanzarote.
"My weakness still remains the bike,” he says. “I made great improvements in my riding in 2016, but sadly that did not show in Kona." Now that he’s riding a Cervélo P5X, David’s “ultimate goal” is to reach the top step at Kona.
There’s more to the ultimate triathlon bike than blowing benchmarks away. For the first time in Cervélo’s history — for the first time in history, period — the unique needs of every triathlete, whether training, racing or travelling, are truly front and centre.