Written by Thomas Parker
This Saturday (June 4) marks the tenth anniversary of the London Nocturne, which will see Olympic and Paralympic superstars such as Ed Clancy and Dame Sarah Storey leading the line-up of what looks like a strong line up for London’s successful day of racing.
Clancy (JLT-Condor) is looking for his second win at this race in succession, with the two-time Olympic gold-medalist aiming to become only the second person to achieve this feat; Hannah Barnes won the women’s race three years in a row from 2009 to 2011.
Clancy’s biggest competition in this race will be Owain Doull (Wiggins), who will be joining Sky as a stagiaire in August. If Doull is successful, he will be the second Welshman after Geraint Thomas to have won the capital’s annual evening criterium, with former team pursuit world champion Andy Tennant (Wiggins) completing the line-up of track riding superstars.
The headline act on the women’s side of the pro race is that of Dame Sarah Storey (Podium Ambition), with the 31 time Para-track riding gold medalist looking to become the first Para-cyclist to win the race, as the 38-year-old continues her build up towards the Rio Paralympic games.
National circuit champion Nikki Juniper is also riding, the Team Ford-Ecoboost rider having had another strong start to her season.
Ed Clancy shows us his scars
The London Nocturne organisers have changed the look of the course: for the first time ever, the race will be competed throughout the heart of the capital, with the start finish line based right outside the historic St Paul’s Cathedral, giving a fitting conclusion to a race that is growing in stature year on year.
This new 1.5km (400m longer than the 2015 race) the course will be combining areas suited to a whole host of different disciplines of rider.
Alongside the pros, races will be once again opened to the general public to enter, with a whole host of different races featuring on the course throughout the day, with people riding on all sorts of different types of bikes including folding bikes, penny fathers and of course London’s very own cycling staple, the Boris bike.
The racing will get underway at 4pm as the three lap folding bikes qualifying race getting underway. The women’s race starts at 8:45, and the men’s an hour later.