Plowman Craven’s Evan Oliphant won the Sea Otter pro road race in Monterey, California, on Friday.

He beat his team-mate Simon Richardson into second place by 30 seconds, a warm-up event for the 71-mile NRC Circuit Race sponsored by SRAM.

Oliphant then took seventh in Saturday’s main event, which was won by Michael Granbinger Jr of Team Successful Living. Rachel Heal was third in the women’s race.

Talking to reporters in the United States about his win, Oliphant said: “I just gave everything in the last couple of kilometres and it worked out perfectly.

“I was on my own, just trying to hold on,” said the Scot. “I thought Simon was the strongest but I saw an opportunity to go on my own at the end so I just went.”

Oliphant won the 69-mile race, which covered eight laps of an 8.5-mile circuit in a time of three hours, one minute.