Capital cyclist Evan Oliphant will line up for this weekend’s Tour of the Reservoir in Northumberland with high expectations.
The 33-year-old Team Raleigh-GAC rider has an excellent record in the two-day event, having scooped the overall title two years ago, and wining stage two on his way to tenth place overall last year.
The Scottish road race champion was also sixth in both 2008 and 2009. Oliphant has started the current season well with a win at the Crit on the Campus in Stirling and ninth place at the Totnes-Vire three-stage race in Hampshire.
This weekend’s race features a 104-mile opening stage contested over eight laps of a tough circuit around Derwent Reservoir tomorrow, followed by a 112-mile haul the following day when the race concludes in the grounds of Northumbrian Water premises beside the reservoir.
James McCallum (Neon-Velo Cycling Team)continues his return to competition after announcing his retirement last year. Youngster Sean Noon, the former Edinburgh Road Club rider now competing for Spokes Racing Team, also takes part.