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The 10th edition of the award winning London Nocturne will once again hit the streets of the City of London bringing the best crit racing and the biggest street party to the heart of the capital.
An action packed race programme will run from the afternoon into the night around the exciting new race circuit bringing a mix of elite and amateur racing - crowd favourties such as the Folding Bike Race and Penny Farthing Race will be a prelude to the male and female elite criteriums where riders including Olympic Champions and Tour de France stars will battle for glory through the darkness... and it's not just about the racing as all the bars and restaurants that line the streets of Square Mile combine with the Nocturne music and entertainment to create a street party that continues into the night.
The Nocturne Circuit
The new finish straight will be located along Cheapside with St Pauls Cathedral as the back drop. At 1.5km the course is almost 400m longer than Smithfield and the finish straight is over double the length - however, it is not totally suited to the fast finishers with a technical section at the far side around Guildhall.
The good news for spectators is that it will be much easier to access and move around the course. St Pauls tube is located right on the finish line with exits on either side of the finish line. At the other end of the finish straight Bank station is only a few hundred metres away and major rail links (Cannon Street, City Thamslink, Blackfriars) are only a 5 minute walk away.
There will be several expo areas including a special kids area (more on this soon)... and plenty of bars and restaurants to keep the party going including One New Change located right on the finish line - http://www.onenewchange.com
For participants we will have a new and improved rider paddock located on the final corner at the end of the finish straight. With new facilities, rider bar and entertainment this will be the place to kick back before and after your race - more details will be available soon...
the missus is away this weekend so I will be there & not as usual half way through the night
anyone racing it? I'll be putting myself forward with a team from BathCC I hope.
Yeah I'm thinking about riding the support race, any idea what category it is?
I'll be racing the track bike crit, as will roboto, dimi, laner, scoot
Is there any benefit to buying tickets for the viewing area thing?
Straight up 2/3/4 race max team of 6 I think.
Will the track bike crit be mixed or male and female separate?
Is there an lfgss approved spectator location and bike pile?
I came here to ask this very thing.
I came back to see if you'd supplied an answer, you didn't though did you.
I can't make it this year, but hoping to watch it online. Which teams from on here are doing the Track Crit? I see this team is in it, though don't recognise anyone.
Bottom of King Street onto Cheapside, last corner before home straight should see some jostling?
That was fun. So good to see so many of you.
So what was the verdict on the new location?
I think everyone liked it. The new course went down well too.
Hilarious day - I haven't laughed so much in ages.
Course lacked some of the atmosphere from the market where you could hear the crowd and some of the commentary on the opposite straight. Also the bigger course meant a bigger gap between seeing the riders. Coupled with the reduced ability to hear the pa if you were not at the finish bend made it harder to follow what was happening.
It was easier for spectators to move around the course with wider pavement and more side road cut throughs.
The course was amazing to ride on. Loved the new location too the hill climb wasnt as steep as the course 2 yrs ago
I like that it was easy to move around the course when wasn't racing which was a plus for the crowd and just the regular people. Do think that race space area for the none elite riders could've been a little more roomy considering the amount of participants. For me absolute great event as always. Nice to have the track crit in.
Excellent. Was wondering how different it would be, though having worked at last year's, I knew they were kind of outgrowing Smithfields. Sounds like they've done a good job, hoping to make it next year.
Nice article on Grauniad
New website just announced
Can anyone enter or is any kind of Racing licence required?
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9 June 2018
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