Even Oliphant out to defend Scottish Road race title

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Lothians cyclist Evan Oliphant will be back in the saddle on Sunday when he defends the Scottish Road Race title in Ayrshire.

The 33-year-old Team Raleigh-GAC rider has dominated the domestic road scene over recent seasons and is bidding for a seventh win.

The 85 mile race is combined with the David Bell Memorial Road Race, a feature of the Scottish programme for almost five decades and renowned as a testing circuit.

Among Oliphant’s challengers will be West Lothian-based Gary Hand, the champion in 2013 and now competing for SportGrub KUOTA, as well as Craig Wallace, a young Aberdonian based in Spain. Also in the field of around 100 riders are squads from Edinburgh RC and Velo Club Edinburgh.

Stirling’s Jane Barr (Velocity 44) will defend her title in the 52 mile women’s event. Among the Edinburgh representatives will be Claire Martin (Team 22) provided she has recovered from injuries sustained in the Sharon Argue Memorial Road Race near Falkirk.

The race also presents an opportunity for teenagers Emma Borthwick (Edinburgh RC) and Lulu Bartlett (The Racers) to celebrate their selection for international duty this summer by making a mark against experienced opponents.