Cycling Weekly is counting down the top 30 British Riders of the Year thoughout December. The top 10 will be revealed in the December 19 issue of Cycling Weekly magazine.
NUMBER 25: EVAN OLIPHANT
Premier Calendar champion
Consistency is what wins the Premier Calendar and, although the series may have been diminished because it has been reduced to six events, the standard of racing has been high this season.
Scotland’s Evan Oliphant, now 31, is approaching veteran status and he is one of the wiliest road racers on these shores.
He demonstrated that in the opening round, the Tour of the Reservoir, where he won a stage and the overall classification to set up the Premier Calendar-winning campaign.
The Raleigh rider was 15th in the second round, the University of Lincoln GP, but retained his overall series lead by just six points.
Third place, behind Ian Wilkinson, at the Stockton Grand Prix put Oliphant into a commanding position overall and then it was a question of seeing out the final two rounds without incident. Seventh place at the Grand Prix of Wales and 12th at the final round, the Ryedale GP, got the job done.
Oliphant is also one of only a handful of riders who rode the first edition of the ‘new’ Tour of Britain in 2004 and rode this year’s 10th edition.