London Nocturne night race gets an ‘exciting’ new circuit for 2016

The 10th edition of the crowd-pleasing night-time race in London will have a bigger circuit based in the City

The London Nocturne circuit race celebrates its 10th anniversary this year with a new circuit based in the heart of the City.

Previously, the London Nocturne has been closely associated with Smithfield Market, but this year’s event on June 4 will take place in a new location to provide a longer route.

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The new circuit loops around the City, passing St Pauls Cathedral and with a start/finish on Cheapside.

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“We are excited to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the London Nocturne by moving to a bigger circuit in the heart of the City,” said James Pope, CEO of event organiser Face Partnership.

“The new location will enable the event to continue to grow and accommodate more spectators, participants and attractions to make the event better than ever.”

In addition to the elite criterium races – which in previous years has attracted professional cycling stars and Olympic champions  – there will be a folding bike race, support crit races and a new track bike event.

London Nocturne 2016 circuit

London Nocturne 2016 circuit

There will also be a ‘Concours d’Elegance’ event, which intriguingly rewards riders for “style and considerate cycling with prizes going to the most elegant riders”.

The new start/finish venue provides space for a grandstand, a big screen relaying the action and expanded attractions for spectators, including a children’s activity area.

Further details can be found on the London Nocturne website. You can also enter certain events via the website.

It’s free to watch the racing around the circuit, with limited grandstand and hospitality tickets available.

A list of riders taking part in this year’s even will be published at a later date.