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Ingliston Crit Series #3
May 1, 2003
In-form Oliphant packs his punch and pedals to victory
By Neil Muir
On a cold wet evening Evan Oliphant, runner up in the recent Tour of the North, recorded the first win of the season for his Velo Ecosse team in the Ingliston Crit Series. He has added some strength to his awesome sprint and won this time in glorious solitude bridging across to the leading duo of Jonathan McBain (Pedal Power) and junior Sean Newington (Edinburgh Road Club) with just over a lap to go and then attacking to win by 5 seconds.
Captain McBain had obviously galvanised his Pedal Power team-mates after last week's disappointments and led by example by attacking from the gun and immediately opening a 5-second gap. He held his lead for two laps before the peloton closed him down. Next to attack were his team-mates Scott McCrae and Gary Hand but hard work by Ken Russell (Edinburgh road Club), last week's winner, brought them back. Oliphant took the first sprint prime from Hand who soon after got away with John Stollery (Velo Ecosse) but their escape was short-lived. He was again present in the next split along with Russell and Oliphant but the bunch was in no mood to let anything develop. From gruppo compatto Hand had enough gas to take the second sprint prime from Oliphant and Chapman.
Next to attack was Sean Newington giving it everything through the pits area but again the vigilant bunch soon pulled him back. McBain again gave it a go and he opened up a 5-second gap with Russell attempting to get across. However with four to go he was closed down by Russell and the bunch. Russell was doing a power of work closing down any moves and when Stuart McGregor strung out the field with a violent attack it was again the "Great White" hunting him down.
Into the last two laps and McBain was on the attack again, this time with Newington, and the gap went up to 6 seconds as the bunch briefly resembled a headless chicken with Russell and the Pedal Powers obviously defending their team-mates. But then Oliphant said goodbye to the bunch and made his decisive race winning moves.
Despite not featuring in the result, Chapman (85pts) still leads the table from Oliphant (80) and Russell (72). Gary Hand leads the King of the Sprints with 11 points.
Despite the weather 39 riders lined up for the supporting race which turned out to be a clean sweep for Martin Ross of Edinburgh Road Club. He won both sprint primes and the race and at the finish was obviously a delighted man not only having satisfied his female fan club but also put his recent leg problems behind him. In the wet conditions there were some minor skids, the most significant taking out the previous week's winner Pete Lambie, Kingdom RT and young Tony Reidy Pro Acta Expressa.
Shaun Rhodes (Edinburgh Road Club) finished second for the third consecutive week and retains his lead in the table with 129 points from team-mate Martin Ross who moves up into second spot with 114 with Pete Lambie and Kevin Barclay tied in third on 89 points.
Fiona Walker leads the women's category, Chris Paton the Junior, and Shane Charlton the Youth.
1 Evan Oliphant (Velo Ecosse) 2 Jonathan McBain (Pedal Power) 3 Sean Newington (Edinbrugh raod Club) 4 Hamish McLean (Midlothian RT) 5 David Lines (Pedal Power) 6 Ken Russell (Edinburgh Road Club) 7 Gary McCrae (Pro Acta Expressa ) 8 Gavin Cooper (Cromarty Firth CC) 9 Scott McCrae (Pedal Power) 10 Ivor Reid (Clachnacuddin CC) Support race 1 Martin Ross (Edinburgh Road Club) 2 Shaun Rhodes (Edinburgh Road Club) 3 Kevin Barclay (Edinburgh Racers) 4 Ben Abrahams (East Midlands) 5 Colin Fergus (Unattached) 6 Shane Charlton (Kingdom RT) 7 Andrew Rowat (Musselburgh RCC) 8 Colin Russell (Edinburgh Road Club) 9 Peter Gallagher (Kingdom RT) 10 Derek Walker (Glasgow Wheelers) Women 1 Denise Lamond (Edinburgh Road Club) Junior 1 Chris Paton (Edinburgh Road Club) Youth 1 Kevin Barclay (Edinburgh Racers Ingliston Criterium Series standings after 3 events Premier League 1 Richard Chapman (Unattached) 85 pts 2 Evan Oliphant (Velo Ecosse) 80 3 Ken Russell (Edinburgh RC) 72 4 Calum McGregor (GS Modena) 67 5 David Lines (Pedal Power) 64 6 Scott Macrae (Pedal Power) 60 7 Hamish Maclean (Midlothian RT) 44 8 Ivor Reid (Clachnacuddin CC) 42 9 Jonathan McBain (Pedal Power) 40 10 John Stollery (Velo Ecosse) 37 11 Graham McGarrity (Scotoil) 37 12 Sean newington (Edinburgh RC) 35 13 Craig Hardie (Hardie Bikes) 30 14 Gary Hand (Pedal Power) 29 15 Ross Muir (Velo Ecosse) 23 16 Gary McCrae (Pro Acta Expressa) 18 17 James McCallum (Unattached) 16 18 Gavin Cooper 16 19 Joe Wilson (Dunfermline CC) 14 20 Andrew Cox (Midlothian RT) 13 First Division 1 Shaun Rhodes (Edinburgh RC) 129 2 Martin Ross (Edinburgh RC) 114 3 Pete Lambie (Kingdom RT) 89 4 Kevin Barclay (Edinburgh Racers) 89 5 Colin Fergus (Edinburgh Tri Club) 61 6 Ben Abrahams (West Midlands) 55 7 Shane Charlton (Kingdom RT) 45 8 Tony Reidy (Pro Acta Expressa) 38 9 Steve McQueen (Falkirk BC) 30 10 Colin Russell (Edinburgh RC) 28 11 Paul Black (Edinburgh RC) 18 12 Andrew Rowat (Musselburgh RCC) 18 13 Mike Peacock (Midlothian RT) 14 14 Peter Gallagher (Kingdom RT) 14 15 Derek Walker (Glasgow Whlrs) 12 16 Lewis Oliphant (Wick Wheelers) 1 Women 1 Fiona Walker (Sandy Wallace) 110 2 Denise Lamond (Edinburgh RC) 100 3 Liz Watson (Midlothian RT) 50 4 Emily Forde (Team Caledonia) 40 5 Pippa Handley (Unattached) 35 Junior 1 Chris Paton (Edinburgh RC) 150 Youth 1 Shane Charlton (Kingdom RT) 125 2 Kevin Barclay (Edinburgh Racers) 100 3 Colin Sandie (Gala CC) 95 4 Kieron McMahon (Kirkcaldy and Dist) 73 5 Patrick Galbraith (Edinburgh Racers) 59 6 Scott Robertson (Glasgow RC) 55 7 Tony Reidy (Pro Acta Expressa) 40 8 Kerry McMahon (Kirkcaldy and Dist) 30 9 Jamie Morrison (Gala CC) 30 10 Robert Robertson (Glasgow RC) 25