By Nigel Wynn
IG Sigma Sport, Madison Genesis, Raleigh-GAC, Primal Wear, Team Hope, Wheel Base and Team Kuota will all field teams in the IG London Nocturne Elite Criterium on Saturday, January 19, at the London Bike Show.
Ross Edgar (IG Sigma Sport), Ian Bibby and Dean Downing (Madison-Genesis) and Graham Briggs (Raleigh-GAC) have all signed up for the unique, completely indoor race at London's ExCel centre. A 500-metre track will be purpose built to host the weekend's racing.
Along with the elite races, a Media Race on Thursday (January 17) evening will pit the likes of BBC's Colin Murray, ITV's Ned Boulting, Daybreak presenter Matt Barbet and cycling writer Richard Moore against each other.
"The London Bike Show provides an excellent launch platform for the main IG London Nocturne event," said James Pope of event organiser the Face Partnership.
"We're looking forward to replicating the Nocturne excitement in an indoor venue and giving people a taste of the action that will take place around Smithfield Market on June 8. The indoor circuit will create a different style of racing and will be a massive attraction for the London Bike Show audience."
Criterium racing at the London Bike Show
Thursday January 17
17:30 Industry Race
18:00 Media Race
19:00 IG City Challenge
Friday January 18
16:00 Support Race (Category 2)
16:30 Track Bike Criterium
17:00 Elite Women's Criterium
Saturday January 19
15:00 Folding Bike Heat 1
15:30 Folding Bike Heat 2
16:00 Support Race (Category 3)
16:30 Folding Bike Race
17:00 Elite Men's Criterium
Sunday January 20
15:00 Support Race (Category 4)
15:30 Penny Farthing Race
16:00 Junior Race (male)
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