Jupiter London Nocturne
If you're not a London local, the Nocturne is an annual event featuring crit racing that takes place around Smithfield Market from mid afternoon until late at night.
We arrived quite early and met up with our long time buddy Matt, who you may know as the mile crunching Ginger Wheels on instagram. We cheered on Grant from his very own Glorious cc team and got some snaps of the custom jersey which is now sold out, although there's a new design in production!
After some thorough catch up chatting, trackstanding and snacking we settled on a spot to watch the upcoming races...
The event brings out huge crowds and the quick racing format keeps it exciting to watch and equally as challenging for the riders. The races are broken down into amateur and pro categories, with a little bit of fun in between. The F&F Folding Bike Race, Penny Farthing Race and the Santander Cycles Race are all great to watch, with equal measures of skill and silliness needed to compete. We caught some of the riders in the Penny Farthing race casually passing a beer back and forth while having a good chat around the tight bends!
Unfortunately we also witnessed a terrible crash right in front of us during the City Criterium when one of the riders hit the foot of the side barrier causing him to flip over the bike at a good speed. We were both relieved to later find out that the rider had no major injuries and was taken to hospital as a precaution only, heal up soon!
Although this year the fixed gear crit had been removed from the program for unknown reasons, we turned our excitement towards the Schwalbe Elite Women's Criterium. Having met Katie Archibald earlier in the day to pass on one of our new gang sign t-shirts to her, we had our hopes up that she'd put on a good show and she didn't fail to disappoint. Near to the end of the 30 lap (+5 mins) race, she attacked and didn't let go, improving her distance with every lap and finishing her solo effert in a time of 38:36, nice one Katie!
It was nice to see Kiera Mcvitty competing too!
At around 10pm the Santini Elite Men's Criterium got underway with a furious display of power and tactics in the fading light. Ed Clancy took a close win on this, with Chris Lawless of the newly formed Team Wiggins taking second.
We hope to see you at the next big crit race in London next month, Red Hook Crit!
Until then here's a tonne of photos!