Road: McCallum wins Scottish Championships

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Location: Balfron, Stirlingshire
Event: 20 May 2012
Report: Snowdon Sports

Rapha Condor-Sharp’s James McCallum won the Scottish Road Race Championships at Balfron, Stirlingshire, on Sunday, sprinting to victory ahead of his breakaway rival.

McCallum, 33 and from Bathgate in West Lothian, covered the 133-kilometre course in just over 3hrs 20min, and held off the challenge of Raleigh-GAC rival Evan Oliphant in the dash for the finish.

The pair had escaped on the run in to the finish on the last of 12 laps, but put the hammer down hard enough to leave a gap of more than 30 seconds to the next best rider, third-placed Alistair Rutherford (Vanilla Bikes).

The race had been splitting all day but nothing managed to stick until the final circuit. With four groups on the road, Oliphant’s race looked over with him stuck in the third group, while McCallum was in the front group.

But over the course of the last few miles Oliphant, 30 and from Edinburgh, powered up to the front where he only narrowly missed out on victory.

In the women’s title race, Paisley’s Kayleigh Brogan took the victory, the 20-year-old City of Edinburgh RC member sprinting to victory ahead of her seven breakaway rivals.

Like in the men’s race, the break didn’t go until the last lap, but the pace proved too much for the bunch who came home almost two and a half minutes behind.

Brogan took the win ahead of Peebles-based Katy Winton (Kinesis Morvelo Project), while Natalie Milne (Alpine Bikes) took third.


1 James McCallum (Rapha Condor-Sharp) 3:21:38
2 Evan Oliphant (Raleigh-GAC) same time
3 Alistair Rutherford (Vanilla Bikes) @ 34sec
4 Robbie Hassan (Herbalife-Leisure Lakes) @ 46sec
5 Jack Barrett (Velocity 44 Stirling)
6 Gary Hand (Pedal Power Endura)
7 Craig Adams (GJS Racing)
8 Alistair Kay (Herbalife-Leisure Lakes)
9 Craig McCulloch (Equipe-Velo Ecosse)
10 Peter Murdoch (Team Cyclelane)
Under-23: Robbie Hassan. Juniors: Craig Wallace (Granite City RT).

1 Kayleigh Brogan (City of Edinburgh RC) 2:01:52
2 Katy Winton (Kinesis Morvelo Project)
3 Natalie Milne (Alpine Bikes)
4 Laura Murray (Velocity 44 Stirling)
5 Anda-Jay Burgess (Sandy Wallace Cycles)
6 Anne Ewing (Team Ibis Cycles) all @ same time
7 Penelope Phillips (Moray Firth CC) @ 5sec
8 Lee Craigie (Moray Firth CC) @ 6sec
9 Louise Borthwick (Edinburgh RC) @ 2:27
10 Lettie Chambers (Stirling BC) @ same time

British Cycling would like to thank the organising team, officials and everyone else who helped promote this event. Our sport could not exist without the hundreds of people, many of them unpaid volunteers, who put in many hours of hard work running events, activities and clubs.