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Ingliston Criterium Series #5

May 22, 2003

Oliphant makes it three on the trot!

By Neil Muir

Evan Oliphant (Velo Ecosse) continued his recent run of success, winning his third race in the Ingliston Criterium Series in a row. In a race of constant attacking by the bigger teams of the race, Pedal Power and Edinburgh Road Club, he was set up by his team-mate John Stollery to unleash his devastating sprint from a seven -man break which went clear after the third sprint prime.

Gary Hand (Pedal Power) started hostilities as early as the second lap but he was quickly closed down by Oliphant. He tried again to open a gap on the next lap but this time it was Stollery, who spotted the danger and brought up the bunch. Pedal Power's team captain Jonathan McBain was next to try to escape with Hand but the bunch was having none of it. Oliphant increased his lead in the overall and sprints competition by taking the first sprint prime from Calum McGregor (GS Modena) and David Lines (Pedal Power).

Act two featured the Edinburgh Road Club choreographied by captain Russell, with first Smith, then Garrett attempting to break the elastic. Next it was Russell himself, and his powerful surge prompted a promising move featuring Oliphant, McGarrity (Scotoil) and Lines, but this was also neutralised before the second sprint prime which was again won by Oliphant.

McGregor opened the final act, winning the third sprint from Russell and McGarrity and this crescendo of speed provoked the crucial split in the bunch with a group of seven including also Hand, Oliphant, Stollery and Hamish McLean (Midlothian RT) getting clear.With three laps to go Stollery launched a massive attack from the break and McBain was trying to bridge from the bunch which was 13 seconds down. Stollery powered on but his slender lead was down to 2 seconds with Hand leading the chase. McBain had been joined by Lines and later by Garrett but they had left it too late. At the bell, Stollery's gallant effort had failed and the break started to finesse for the final sprint with its predictable result.

King Oliphant (192pts) increased his lead in the table with McGregor (147) leapfrogging Russell (140) into second place.

There was drama and tragedy in the supporting race with series leader Martin Ross (Edinburgh Road Club) crashing heavily on the last corner and failing to finish. Ben Abrahams (West Midlands) took his first win of the series after riding a strong race but man-of-the-race Sean Rhodes (Edinburgh Road Club) who had been aggressive throughout, went back to the top of the table (164 pts) after finishing third from the 8 strong break. Ross drops to second place in the table with 160 points with Pete Lambie retaining third (159).


1 Evan Oliphant (Velo Ecosse)           39.32
2 Graham McGarrity (Scotoil)
3 Calum McGregor (GS Modena)
4 Gary Hand (Pedal Power)
5 Ken Russell (Edinburgh RC)
6 Hamish McLean (Midlothian RT)          0.03
7 John Stollery (Velo Ecosse)            0.06
8 David Lines (Pedal Power)              0.08
9 Richard Garrett (Edinburgh RC)
10 Jon McBain (Pedal Power)
Support Race
1 Ben Abrarhams (West Midlands)
2 Shane Charlton (Kingdom RT)
3 Shaun Rhodes (Edinburgh Road Club)
4 Pete Gallagher (Kingdom RT)
5 Tony Reidy (Pro Acta Expressa)
6 Mike Cunningham (Edinburgh Tri)
7 Pete Lambie (Kingdom RT)
8 Colin Russell (Edinburgh RC)
9 Dennis White` (Edinburgh RC)
10 G Lawrie (Gala CC)
Youth: Shane Charlton (Kingdom RT)
Women: Ruth McGavigan (Pedal Power)
Ingliston Criterium Series 2003 Master Table
Premier League after 5 events
1 Evan Oliphant                           192 pts
2 Calum McGregor                          147
3 Ken Russell                             140
4 David Lines                             114
5 Richard Chapman                          85
6 Graham McGarrity                         78
7 Hamish Maclean                           64
8 Scott Macrae                             60
9 Gary Hand                                59
10 John Stollery                           55
11 Jonathan McBain                         52
12 Sean Newington                          49
13 Ivor Reid                               42
14 Craig Hardie                            30
15 Gary McCrae                             30
16 Ray Reidy                               27
17 Ross Muir                               23
18 Matt Smith                              20
19 Herbie Hughes                           18
20 James McCallum                          16
21 Gavin Cooper                            16
22 Graham Barclay                          16
23 Joe Wilson                              14
24 Richard Garrett                         14
25 Andrew Cox                              13
First Division
1 Shaun Rhodes (Edinburgh RC)             164
2 Martin Ross (Edinburgh RC)              160
3 Pete Lambie (Kingdom RT)                159
4 Tony Reidy (Pro Acta Expressa)          108
5 Ben Abrahams (West Midlands)            105
6 Kevin Barclay (Edinburgh Racers)         89
7 Shane Charlton (Kingdom RT)              88
8 Colin Fergus (Edinburgh Tri Club)        79
9 Peter Gallagher (Kingdom RT)             65
10 Colin Russell (Edinburgh RC)            56
11 Lewis Oliphant (Wick Wheelers)          33
12 Steve McQueen (Falkirk BC)              30
13 Simon Peachey (Edinburgh RC)            25
14 Mike Cunningham (Edinburgh Tri Club)    20
15 Paul Black (Edinburgh RC)               18
16 Andrew Rowat (Musselburgh RCC)          18
17 John Grant (Kingdom RT)                 16
18 Mike Peacock (Midlothian RT)            14
19 Chris Paton (Edinburgh RC)              14
20 Dennis White (Edinburgh RC)             14
21 Derek Walker (Glasgow Whlrs)            12
22 G Lawrie (Gala CC)                      12
1 Denise Lamond (Edinburgh RC)            180
2 Fiona Walker (Sandy Wallace)            110
3 Pippa Handley (Unattached)               70
4 Ruth McGavigan (Pedal Power)             50
5 Liz Watson (Midlothian RT)               50
6 Kate Cullen (COERC)                      50
7 Emily Forde (Team Caledonia)             40
1 Chris Paton (Edinburgh RC)              200
1 Shane Charlton (Kingdom RT)             210
2 Kevin Barclay (Edinburgh Racers)        140
3 Kieron McMahon (Kirkcaldy and Dist)     133
4 Colin Sandie (Gala CC)                  130
5 Tony Reidy (Pro Acta Expressa)          130
6 Patrick Galbraith (Edinburgh Racers)    104
7 Scott Robertson (Glasgow RC)             55
8 Kerry McMahon (Kirkcaldy and Dist)       30
9 Jamie Morrison (Gala CC)                 30
10 Robert Robertson (Glasgow RC)           25
11 J Morrison (Glasgow RC)                 18

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