Team Sky, Team Wiggins, JLT Condor, One Pro Cycling, NFTO, Madison-Genesis and Raleigh-GAC will all be taking part in the 2015 Jupiter London Nocturne on Saturday night in London.
The elite men's race boasts its largest-ever field, with last year's winner Tobyn Horton (Madison-Genesis), Andy Fenn (Sky), Andy Tennant (Wiggins), Kristian House and Ed Clancy (both JLT Condor) among those on a top-quality start list.
In a twist to previous editions of the night-time race, the course around London's iconic Smithfield Market has been reversed so that the riders go anti-clockwise.
"I think returning to any event as the defending champion always adds a little bit of extra heat to a race; the edge that I may have had will could be lost with the anti-clockwise change though," said Horton. "I’m excited to get to the circuit and race in front the electric crowd, it’s a real buzz."
In addition to the Santini Men’s Elite Criterium race, 80 riders will line up for the Schwalbe Women’s Elite Criterium earlier in the evening, including last year's winner and current Matrix Fitness GP series leader Nicola Juniper (Giordina Triton).
Juniper will have to fight off competition from the likes of Katie Archibald (Pearl Izumi International) and Rochelle Gilmore (Wiggle-Honda).
A full schedule of support races will also be run to provide entertainment and action throughout Saturday afternoon and into the evening, including a folding bike race, London hire bike race and penny farthing race.
Spectators can watch the race for free, and the event has become extremely popular since its inaugural running in 2007.
Further details of the event and a full schedule can be found at the Jupiter London Nocturne website.
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Nigel Wynn worked as associate editor on CyclingWeekly.com, he worked almost single-handedly on the Cycling Weekly website in its early days. His passion for cycling, his writing and his creativity, as well as his hard work and dedication, were the original driving force behind the website’s success. Without him, CyclingWeekly.com would certainly not exist on the size and scale that it enjoys today. Nigel sadly passed away, following a brave battle with a cancer-related illness, in 2018. He was a highly valued colleague, and more importantly, n exceptional person to work with - his presence is sorely missed.
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