Evan Oliphant (Endura) lead his team to a whitewash of the Scottish Road Race Championship 2010 on Saturday afternoon over a sunny but windswept course near Eaglesham. Track and criterium specialist, James McCallum was second with the man who so much wanted to win – Gary Hand, in third spot.
Defending champion, Ross Creber battled to the end for fourth.
But it wouldn’t be a big Scottish race without a controversy or two.
The race is actually the Anderside Classic and was listed as such on the British Cycling website but was incorporated as the National Championship after the calendar was framed.
The closing date was listed as that for a normal road race, however, National Championship entries close early.
This confusion resulted in large numbers of entries missing the (unlisted) closing date.
‘And der’s more!’
The entry has been restricted to 60 riders – why?
Surely the National Champs should be a showcase event with as big a field as possible – not on a par with a club race.
As for the field, it looks to us that it wasn’t selected on merit, rather on the first entries received – veterans and English riders aren’t what the race is about, surely?
The vets have their own event and this was a Scottish championship.
There was little atmosphere at the start in Eaglesham before the long neutralized ride to the start on the A77.
Civilsation isn’t a big factor on this course, there’s the A77 ten course and a wilderness loop across Uplawmoor to link the two ends of the ten course.
No villages, no shops, few houses and no spectators other than race followers.
The 2009 course at Hawick with the village green at Denholm is much more what bike racing should be about.
We saw them off, through the end of the neutralised section with Andrew Davies (the bicycleworks) leading them through at a sedate pace – as befits a man of his age.
We were doing the ‘drive in the opposite direction’ thing and saw then for the first time on the climb to the reservoir; already Endura were in the action, six up the road and Dave Lines well there.
Our second look came on the A77, a new break was clear with James McCallum the Endura rep.
Young was again trying to bridge and as Evan countered, the race came to life.