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neil muir

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Ingliston Criterium Series No5
« on: May 22, 2003, 04:00:00 PM »
OLIPHANT MAKES IT THREE ON THE TROT!

Evan Oliphant (Velo Ecosse) continued his recent run of success, winning his third race in the Ingliston Criterium Series in a row. In a race of constant attacking by the bigger teams of the race, Pedal Power and Edinburgh Road Club, he was set up by his team-mate John Stollery to unleash his devastating sprint from a seven -man break which went clear after the third sprint prime.

Gary Hand (Pedal Power) started hostilities as early as the second lap but he was quickly closed down by Oliphant. He tried again to open a gap on the next lap but this time it was Stollery, who spotted the danger and brought up the bunch. Pedal Power's team captain Jonathan McBain was next to try to escape with Hand but the bunch was having none of it. Oliphant increased his lead in the overall and sprints competition by taking the first sprint prime from Calum McGregor (GS Modena) and David Lines (Pedal Power).

Act two featured the Edinburgh Road Club choreographied by captain Russell, with first Smith, then Garrett attempting to break the elastic. Next it was Russell himself, and his powerful surge prompted a promising move featuring Oliphant, McGarrity (Scotoil) and Lines, but this was also neutralised before the second sprint prime which was again won by Oliphant.

McGregor opened the final act, winning the third sprint from Russell and McGarrity and this crescendo of speed provoked the crucial split in the bunch with a group of seven including also Hand, Oliphant, Stollery and Hamish McLean (Midlothian RT) getting clear.With three laps to go Stollery launched a massive attack from the break and McBain was trying to bridge from the bunch which was 13 seconds down. Stollery powered on but his slender lead was down to 2 seconds with Hand leading the chase. McBain had been joined by Lines and later by Garrett but they had left it too late. At the bell, Stollery's gallant effort had failed and the break started to finesse for the final sprint with its predictable result.

King Oliphant (192pts) increased his lead in the table with McGregor (147) leapfrogging Russell (140) into second place.

Result:
1. Evan Oliphant      Velo Ecosse      39-32
2. Graham McGarrity   Scotoil         same time
3. Calum McGregor      GS Modena      same time
4. Gary Hand         Pedal Power      same time
5. Ken Russell      Edinburgh RC      same time
6. Hamish McLean      Midlothian RT      @3 secs
7. John Stollery      Velo Ecosse      @6 secs
8. David Lines      Pedal Power      @8 secs
9. Richard Garrett      Edinburgh RC      same time
10. Jon McBain      Pedal Power      same time

There was drama and tragedy in the supporting race with series leader Martin Ross (Edinburgh Road Club) crashing heavily on the last corner and failing to finish. Ben Abrahams (West Midlands) took his first win of the series after riding a strong race but man-of-the-race Sean Rhodes (Edinburgh Road Club) who had been aggressive throughout, went back to the top of the table (164 pts) after finishing third from the 8 strong break. Ross drops to second place in the table with 160 points with Pete Lambie retaining third (159).

Result:
1. Ben Abrarhams      West Midlands
2. Shane Charlton      Kingdom RT
3. Shaun Rhodes      Edinburgh Road Club
4. Pete Gallagher      Kingdom RT
5. Tony Reidy      Pro Acta Expressa
6. Mike Cunningham   Edinburgh Tri
7. Pete Lambie      Kingdom RT
8. Colin Russell      Edinburgh RC
9. Dennis White`      Edinburgh RC
10. G Lawrie         Gala CC

Youth:
Shane Charlton      Kingdom RT
Women:
Ruth McGavigan      Pedal Power

PLEASE NOTE THAT IF YOU BRING A RIDER NEW TO THE 2003 SERIES TO RIDE THE NEXT EVENT ON 24 JULY YOU WILL HAVE YOUR ENTRY FEE REDUCED TO £4.
« Last Edit: May 22, 2003, 04:00:00 PM by neil muir »

 

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