Raymond Wilson (Dunfermline CC) at last had Lady Luck on his side as he scored a well-deserved win in Sunday’s Duncan MacGregor Memorial Road Race over 75 hilly and airy miles around the ‘rigging’ of Fife.
After three laps, which included the hard climb of Largo Law the decisive moments came on the tough ‘wee circuit’ which had to be covered once, before the run-in to the finish.
It looked like it would be a three-way battle for the win at the line
between Wilson, Paul Coats (Squadra Via Mazzini/Racetool) and Evan Oliphant (DFL). Coats and Wilson had been riding a strong two-up ahead of the chasers with Oliphant just about to bridge-up to them when Coats’ carbon steerer broke and the Wick professional Oliphant punctured.
Coats was out and Oliphant had to ride five miles on the rim before he could get a change; but by then Wilson was long-gone.
The ‘Dunfermline Irishman’ rode the final 15 rolling and windy miles with
such force that his final margin of victory was in excess of two minutes.
Oliphant completed a busy and lucrative weekend with another second place to go with the same position in Saturday morning’s ten mile championship and a win in Saturday afternoon’s criterium at Ingilston.
Third was Rosneath and Sam Robinson winner, Gordon Murdoch (East Kilbride RT).
Despite an excellent prize list it was a disappointing bunch of just 28 which rolled-away from race sponsors, Jax Health Club on Sunday morning.
Within a couple of miles the bunch was climbing Largo law into a block head wind, with Wilson and Coats already frisky.
The first splits were appearing by Peat Inn and its famous eatery; three riders had already bid the back of the bunch; ‘adios’.