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Evan Oliphant – Now with Raleigh and Very Motivated


Evan starts a new chapter with Raleigh.

It’s hard to believe but this will be Evan Oliphant’s eighth season as a professional.

It was back in 2005 when he first pulled on a Recycling jersey; he won the East Yorkshire Classic that year and grabbed second place to Serguei Ivanov on stage four of the Tour of Britain.

The highlight of his second year with Recycling was a win in the Beaumont Trophy.

DFL was home for 2007 and there was a stage win in the Tour of Tasmania to brighten up his palmares.

Plowman Craven seemed a solid bet for 2008 and his best was a stage win in the Mersey Two-Day.

Unfortunately, the team went the same way as the nice looking but floppy frames they rode and folded in 2009.

Endura threw a lifeline in June and Evan took a top ten in the British Road Race Championship to go with his top 30 in the Australian Champs back at the start of the year.

He remained with Endura through 2010, taking his Look to a top dozen finish in the Commonwealth Games time trial in Delhi.

Last season saw his usual domination of the Scottish scene continue and a strong 11th place on GC in Paris-Correze.

For 2012 there’s a new name on his jersey – but it’s an old name, really.

‘Reg rides a Raleigh’ the posters used to say, back in the days when Reg Harris enjoyed more mainstream fame – as world professional sprint champion – than Cav or Wiggo do.

We caught up with Evan at a weak moment — he was just back from a five hour ‘death run’ into the wilds of northern Fife with Ben Greenwood.

Eight seasons — what