On a day of sunshine, wind and squals over 12 laps of a rolling circuit around Balfron, Evan Oliphant (Endura Racing) defended his Scottish road race championship in fine style; riding away from the day long break with two laps to go and opening a big gap over Gary Hand (Endura/Pedal Power) and Ross Creber (Cycle Premier/Metaltek) who also slipped the bunch to sprint it out for silver and bronze respectively.
With an 11 kilometre circuit, race watching was easy –
Race View # 1: we followed the race to get the lay of the land.
A glorious mix of conifers and deciduous trees; winding, rolling roads; some of the surfaces are a little rough but most of the pavement is good – the feed zone’s a tad nippit, though.
But 12 times through Balfron – nice work; there’ll be complaints from the sheep though, they’re big race fans.
# 2: parked up, a couple of miles out of Balfron; it’s windy with squalls blowing through – there are eight or nine away already, Oliphant, Lines, Creber, Hand – that could be it?
Michael Nicholson leads the chase at 30 seconds.
It’s over already for Callum Wilkinson and a couple of others.
Our prediction: 1) Oliphant, 2) Nicholson, 3) Hassan.
# 3: the gap is a minute