Evan Oliphant isn’t the only Scotsman who’s been winning races in the US of A. – up-and-coming under 16 rider, Patrick Galbraith recently scored a criterium win in Rocky Balboa’s home town – Philadelphia (what do you mean “it’s just a movie!?)
So what were you doing in Phily, dude?
“It was a school exchange between my school, Merchiston Castle, Edinburgh and the German Town Friends School in Philadelphia. It’s a very traditional school, run on Quaker lines. I stayed with an American family for a month in Mount Airy, which is near Philadelphia. I decided to take my bike with me, to keep turning the pedals – I have a few big events coming up.”
How did you get to know what was going on with the local cycling scene?
“I posted on the local internet cycling forum – it’s a very active biking community there – I got around 20 replies about training runs and races that were happening in the area. The training runs tend to be shorter than we do here, but faster, there are quite a few pro