Road: Oliphant soloes to Nick Hardy win

Road: Oliphant soloes to Nick Hardy win


Location: Monikie Park, Dundee
Event: 14 April 2013
Report: Snowdon Sports

Lewis Oliphant braved the tough conditions to tear away to a fantastic solo victory for VC Edinburgh in the Nick Hardy Memorial Road Race in Dundee on Sunday.

The course was lashed with rain and a stiff breeze at the start, with 62 of the 80 planned riders ready to race.

The bunch stayed together, using each other for shelter as the rain subsided giving way to what was bordering on a gale force wind.

But then, on the second climb on the hill up to the television transmitter, Oliphant set off on a break and by the time he reached the top, he had opened up a gap of 1:07.

Although a number of riders made attempts to bridge the gap, none of them came close and by the time Oliphant crossed the line, he still had the same lead of 1:07. Lewis Grieve (Spokes CC) was the quickest junior, coming in seventh overall. Also in the bunch was top lady, Gemma Neill (Pedal Power)

The race was held in memory of Nick Hardy and was especially poignant as 2013 marks the 20th anniversary of his death.

Nick was on a training camp in Majorca with his club, Carnoustie CC, when he died suddenly in his sleep at the age of 23. The memorial race has been held every year since with his parents in attendance.


1 Lewis Oliphant (VC Edinburgh)
2 Ross Crook (Edinburgh RC) @1:07
3 Colin May (VC Edinburgh) @same time
4 Douglas Taylor (Deeside Thistle CC) @1:10
5 Les Ross (Edinburgh RC) @1:13
6 George Roberts (VC Glasgow South) @1:15
7 Lewis Grieve (Spokes RT)
8 Gary Cross (Falkirk Bicycle Club)
9 David Torrance (Ayr Roads CC)
10 Jamie Foster (Team Leslie Bike Shop) all @sae time
Lewis Grieve
Gemma Neill (Pedal Power RT)

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