David Millar Giro 2009 stage 11

World points race champion Cameron Meyer joins Garmin-Slipstream team-mate David Millar in the opening Nocturne of the season in Edinburgh this Saturday (May 30).

The 21 year old Australian will race in Scotland for the first time in the Elite criterium, as will the native Scot Millar, having left the Giro d'Italia at the weekend. They face the likes national criterium champion Dean Downing, Rapha-Condor team-mate Chris Newton, and Halfords Bikehut?s Rob Hayles.

The spectator-friendly Grassmarket area of the city hosts an evening of free entertainment on the 1.2km circuit with its cobbled finishing straight in the shadow of Edinburgh Castle, starting with one of two Cycling Weekly support races at 1800.

A bumper weekend of sport in the capital kicks off with the opening day of the IRB World 7s rugby series at Murrayfield on Saturday morning. Scottish rugby international Hefin O?Hare tested his legs on the roller rig this week against former Rollapaluza record holder Craig MacLean, the Olympic silver medallist just shading it. The Rollapaluza crew will be in attendance on May 30 to assist anyone wishing to challenge Matt Crampton?s record of 17.9 seconds.


MacLean tests the rollers in Edinburgh

The following weekend sees the Smithfield Nocturne on Saturday, June 6, now featuring a women?s race due to popular demand, alongside support races including the always amusing - and incredibly hard-fought - folding bike criterium. See www.nocturneseries.com for details.