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Scottish Road Race Championships 2011, Evan Takes His Fifth!

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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.

Scottish Road Race Championships 2011
Evan takes the Scottish RR again.

With an 11 kilometre circuit, race watching was easy –

Race View # 1: we followed the race to get the lay of the land.

Scottish Road Race Championships 2011
Rolling fields.
Scottish Road Race Championships
Lush green countryside, in the lee of the Campsies.

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.

Scottish Road Race Championships
First sighting.

# 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?

Scottish Road Race Championships
The bunch chase.

Michael Nicholson leads the chase at 30 seconds.

Scottish Road Race Championships
Game over.

It’s over already for Callum Wilkinson and a couple of others.

Our prediction: 1) Oliphant, 2) Nicholson, 3) Hassan.

Scottish Road Race Championships
Nice sunshine.

# 3: the gap is a minute