Cycling: Capital trio contest Scottish Championships

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THREE former City of Edinburgh riders are set to battle it out for their professional teams in the women’s event at the Scottish Road Race Championships in Aberdeenshire on Sunday.

Defending champion Kayleigh Brogan and British Criterium medallist Eileen Roe, both now competing for the Breast Cancer Care Cycling Team, will face Charline Joiner,

a Commonwealth Games medallist in Delhi on the track and now racing on the road for MG-Maxifuel.

Other contenders in the 37-strong field for the 63-mile event include former Edinburgh RC rider Anne Ewing who is now a colleague of Brogan and Roe, as well as in-form Gemma Neill of Pedal Power.

Capital rider James McCallum will take a break from his gruelling schedule at the Pearl Izumi Tour Series to defend the men’s title over 85 miles, with strong opposition expected to come from Gary Hand (Herbalife Leisure) and a host of other riders, including a strong contingent from Edinburgh outfits Velo Ecosse, Bicycleworks

McCallum was in action in last night’s second round of the Pearl Izumi Tour Series in Durham. The race was won by team-mate Kristian House, but the happiest Scot was Evan Oliphant who helped Team Raleigh to lead the series.