It’s now two weeks since Evan Oliphant won his 3rd edition of the Davie Bell Memorial Road Race down in Ayrshire. The promotion and reporting of this particular race by Ayr Roads CC is some of the best in Scotland, off the top of my head, comparable with the Scottish road race championships when run in Balfron by Vortex RT and the Dig In Around the Dock cyclocross event.
Their race report is too good to waste but it’s too late to run it as a blog, so click through to Velo UK if you want a recap – the interesting point is that a race held over such tough parcours (below) came down to a sprint from a group of 14.
Evan has since won the Scottish criterium championship, at Ingliston on Saturday, where he attacked the bunch and pulled out a 30 second gap as he rode solo for the victory.
Team Raleigh were confirmed for the Tour of Britain last month and he will take the start in Peebles on Sunday 15th December. It will be his 8th tour of Britain after riding in 2004-08, 2010 and 2012 making him the rider who has ridden the most ToB’s.
Britain’s biggest road race will give Team Raleigh and other domestic teams the chance to line up along side Grand Tour riders including Sky, Cannondale, Garmin-Sharp, Movistar and Omega Pharma-Quickstep.
Although the favourites for the overall will include the likes of Bradley Wiggins and other WorldTour team leaders, we will look forward to seeing Oliphant in a few breaks and aiming for a stage win.