Evan Oliphant leads Scots field against top cyclists

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A clutch of Capital cyclists will travel south on Sunday to pit themselves against several top-flight performers at the British Road Race Championships in Lincoln.

Evan Oliphant (Team Raleigh-GAC) is the most experienced Scot in the field for the 123-mile men’s event. Also on a start sheet that features several World Tour stars including Mark Cavendish (Etixx-QuickStep, Pete Kennaugh (Team Sky) and Alex Dowsett (Movistar) are Edinburgh-based Phil Trodden and Finlay Young, who will be competing for Team Moda-Anon.

Among those lining up in the 63-mile women’s event will be Edinburgh’s Claire Thomas, who is now based in Belgium, as well as former City of Edinburgh trio Katie Archibald, Charline Joiner and Eileen Roe, who will all be riding for different professional teams.

Meanwhile, a group of youngsters from the city will be heading for the Scottish Youth and Junior Track Championships which take place at the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome this weekend.

Last year’s competition 
was dominated by riders from the West of Scotland, evidence of the swing in the balance of power since the Glasgow track was built and the Meadowbank Velodrome in Edinburgh 
began to suffer from lack of 
investment.