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Evan Oliphant – the First Scottish Premier Calendar Winner

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Evan Oliphant
Evan with the Trophy. PhotoTeam Raleigh/Larry HIckmott (Velo UK)

Raleigh’s Evan Oliphant recently made some cycling history when he became the first Scotsman to win the Star Trophy – or as it’s known now, ‘The Premier Calendar.’

But ‘Star Trophy’ just sounds so much better.

The season long contest was first run in 1959 when the legendary John Perks won it the names engraved upon the silver demand respect – Les West, Hugh Porter, Phil Griffiths, Malcolm Elliott, Paul Curran and Russell Downing to name a few.

Robert Millar was well capable of winning it but knew that France was the place he should be so didn’t compete in the races necessary to get the points.

When ‘I were lad’ the Star Trophies always made the ‘Comic’ (Cycling Weekly – it was ‘Cycling & Mopeds when I first read it) front cover; but not now in these days of Sportivs, Sky, Wiggo and Chris Froome (we don’t say Froom*y or Froome D*g on this site.)

We thought we’d best have a word with the man who’s never far from the action.

We started by asking Evan if he was awa