Jupiter London Nocturne announces packed race programme

Professional and amateur riders from around the world will be competing at the London Nocturne around Smithfield Market on June 6

(Photo: Ben Cornish)

(Image credit: Ben Cornish)

The Jupiter London Nocturne returns for 2015 with a host of the country’s top riders once again set to compete around London’s Smithfield Market on June 6.

As well as the men and women’s elite criterium races, last year won by Tobyn Horton and Nicola Juniper respectively, the traditional penny farthing and folding bike races return for another year.

Also returning is the ‘Boris Bike’ race, this year under the new sponsorship of Santander, which won the naming rights for the capital’s cycle hire scheme in February.

Edward Bonham-Carter, vice-chairman Jupiter said: “The Nocturne is a fantastic event which captures the culture and variety of cycling in the capital.

“As cycling enthusiasts, Jupiter is delighted to continue our sponsorship and this year the event includes our Jupiter race where the competing teams will battle it out over 10 laps – but who will take the spoils on the day?”

>>> Tobyn Horton and Nicola Juniper win London Nocturne elite races

The City Criterium pits businesses from within London’s Square Mile against each other to see which corporate bunch are the fastest on two wheels.

While members of the public can enter the folding bike race, retro criterium and penny farthing race on the Nocturne website, places for the Santander Cycles race are strictly limited.

Participants will have to enter one of the competitions run by Transport for London in the run up to the event, with details to be posted on the Nocturne Series Twitter feed.

James Mead, General Manager of Santander Cycles at TfL, said: “Last year’s Nocturne was a fantastic opportunity to showcase our cycle hire bikes and have some fun racing them around the Smithfield Market circuit.

“With our new sponsor we are really excited to have Santander Cycles a feature of this year’s event to encourage even more Londoners and visitors to use the scheme to get around London for commuting or to leisurely see the sights.”

See the full race programme on the London Nocturne website.

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