Evan Oliphant - Direct Nutrition

Evan Oliphant

2015 Sponsored Athlete

Age: 32

Twitter: @EvanTwats


What inspired you to start cycling? I started cycling on the grass tracks at the Highland games in Scotland as a kid my dad used to do the hammer throwing, caber tossing etc. I used to win money doing that and I liked to win so that got me started.

Favourite place to ride and why? Australia. The weather is nice most of the time!

Favourite post-ride meal? A Nice spicy curry.

What are your favourite Direct Nutrition products? My favourite has to be the Elite Hydrate drink as it tastes nice and contains electrolytes.

What is it about the Direct Nutrition Elite Hydrate that you like? I use this most days while out training, it keeps me hydrated well especially when it's warm. I also use it on race days alongside the Direct Nutrition Wholefood Peanut and Caramel energy bars. That combination keeps me fuelled and hydrated for the entire race which has been up to 200km.

What is your advice to anyone who wants to become a professional racer? There's going be lots of tough days but if you stick through that the success will come and you will forget about those days and remember all the great ones.

Who is your cycling hero and why? Jason Macintyre, he inspired me with his ability from where he was based and the results he achieved and helped me lots in early years of my career. 

Do you have a nickname? If so what is it and why is it that? Used to be sloth as they used to think I slept loads but I'm the opposite after having a baby. No sleep now! 

How do you take your coffee? Latte, flat white, espresso etc... Normally a latte but before racing maybe an espresso.

Favourite music? Depends what I'm doing on the bike. Tends to be more dance music but off the bike I listen to anything like Mumford and Sons.

Favourite film? Braveheart.

Favourite race and why? I’ve always loved the Lincoln GP something special about racing up the cobbled climb with all the spectators so close and cheering you on.

What has been your proudest moment on the bike? Representing Scotland at the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne in the point’s race and also winning the British Premier Calendar Road Race Series in 2013.

What was your first bike? First proper bike was a little yellow Raleigh road bike, a Raleigh 45 I think. 

Have you got a secret skill or party-piece? If so what is it? Playing the bagpipes 

What would your go to karaoke song be? Don't think you would catch me doing karaoke.

Most embarrassing moment on your bike? Being in the middle of the convoy with load of musettes in each hand and all the cars braking and me trying avoid them all with musette bags swinging off my wheels.

If you weren't a cyclist what would you be doing instead? Probably engineering as I have a mechanical engineering degree.

What is the one thing in the world you couldn't live without? My wife and son. 

If you could have one super power what would it be? Being able to fly so I wouldn't get stuck in traffic and I could get places quickly just like superman Wilko! 

Would you rather have more time or more money? More money as I could pay people to do things for me which would give me more time.