Capital cyclist Evan Oliphant, the current Scottish criterium champion and the first Scot to win the British Cycling Premier Calendar Series when he clinched the title in August, has extended his contract with Team Raleigh.
The 31-year-old, who is targeting selection for his third Commonwealth Games next summer, is one of only three riders on the existing roster who will remain with the Nottingham-based outfit for 2014.
Outlining why he was keen to retain the services of a rider who aims to compete on both the road and the track in Glasgow, Team Raleigh sporting director Eddie White said, “Evan is a solid, dependable team rider, who, given his chance, will win.”
Among the new signings for a campaign that will incorporate races around Britain and on the continent is George Atkins, a 22 year old Englishman who is well known north of the border having won the Scottish hill climb title in 2011, while riding for the Edinburgh-based Equipe Velo Ecosse, and a current British track champion.
Raleigh have also secured several high profile riders including Morgan Kneisky, half of the duo who won this year’s World Madison title.