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Ingliston 2004 Round 1 08/04/04
« on: April 08, 2004, 04:00:00 PM »
Oliphant and Reidy sprint to victory.

Now in its 6th season, the Ingliston Criterium Series promoted by Edinburgh RC kicked off the 2004 season with 70 riders taking part. In the Premier League race, local team, Pedal Power were fielding five riders and team captain Jonny McBain led by example by starting the action early and staying away for a lap. As he was caught it was team-mate Findlay Pretsell who attacked and he was quickly joined by Bryan Russell (Scotoil). But the bunch were having none of it and the move was soon neutralised. Pedal Power were present in the next attack with David Lines in the company of Evan Oliphant (Velo Ecosse), Rob Scott (Classic Walls) and Martin Lonie (Johnstone Wheelers). In the acceleration for the first sprint prime the group was swallowed up, but Oliphant still had enough to take the prime points from Ross Crook (Edinburgh RC) and Gary Willis (Velo Ecosse). There was plenty of activity but no one could establish a significant lead before the second sprint which was taken by Russell from McBain and Willis. Lonie put in a strong attack and was joined by Calum McGregor (GS Modena) but they never got more than 4 seconds on the bunch where Martin Ross (ERC), last year's winner of the Division One series was active in closing the gap.

Pretsell attacked again through the finish but his effort lasted only half a lap before Russell had a go chased by veteran Ray Reidy (Kingdom RT) and McBain. Their lead was limited to 3 seconds but as they were caught Reidy had another go with 5 laps left. He was still away with 4 to go and had been joined by Pretsell and team-mate John McCaffery. When they were joined by McKenzie McPherson (Falkirk BC), Willis and another Kingdom RT rider Darren Howitt it looked like it could be the winning move. With 2 left they had 3 seconds but at the bell it was gruppo compatto and eyes down for the inevitable sprint finish. It was also pretty inevitable that Oliphant should win this with relative ease from Russell and McGregor. Veteran Andy Laing making a rare appearance at Ingliston used his track speed to sneak into the top 10 in 9th place.

Premier League Result
Evan Oliphant    Team Velo Ecosse
Bryan Russell   Scotoil
Calum McGregor   GS Modena
Martin Lonie      Johnstone Wheelers
Ross Crook      Edinburgh RC
Martin Ross      Edinburgh RC
Robert Scott      Classic Walls
John McCaffery   Kingdom RT
Andy Laing      Musselburgh RCC
Scott Macrae      Pedal Power

In the supporting race last year's runner up Tony Reidy (Kingdom RT) was a clear winner in the final sprint from Ben Abrahams (Velo Ecosse) and Colin Fergus (Unattached). He also picked up a first and third in the sprints with another junior Bruce Wallace (Classic Walls) winning the other sprint prime.

First Division Result:
1.Tony Reidy      Kingdom RT
2.Ben Abrahams   Velo Ecosse
3.Colin Fergus      Unattached
4.Bruce Wallace   Classic Calls
5.Graeme Cleland   Glenmarnock Wheelers
6.Tosh Scott      Classic Walls
7.Lewis Oliphant   Velo Ecosse
8.Andrew Rowat   Musselburgh RCC
9.Andrew Wardman   Peebles CC
10.Robert Robinson   Glasgow RC

11.Tony Reidy
12.Bruce Wallace
13.Robert Robinson
14.Kate Cullen      City of Edinburgh RC
15.Pippa Handley   Edinburgh RC
16.Liz Watson      Midlothian RT
17.Graeme Cleland
18.Scott Robertson   Glasgow RC
19.John Duncan      Edinburgh RC
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