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About

Nocturne

About

The MR PORTER Nocturne - London

In 2018, the event welcomes back MR PORTER as the title partner. The MR PORTER Nocturne London will let you experience the city like on no other day as we celebrate cycling on 9 June on the exiting Cheapside circuit. A fully closed off race course, music, big screens, expo, bars and VIP hospitality area will create a spectacular festival around the racing with plenty of entertainment for all the family.

The provisional race programme looks as follows but is subject to change:

  • 14:00 Event Village opens
  • 15:00 Concours d'Elegance
  • 15:05 Santander Cycles - open session
  • 16:00 Penny Farthing race
  • 16:40 Santander Cycles race
  • 17:10 Folding Bike race
  • 17:50 Leigh Day Open Criterium
  • 18:30 Masters Criterium
  • 19:10 Fixed Gear Criterium - Women
  • 19:45 Fixed Gear Criterium - Men
  • 20:30 Elite Criterium - Women
  • 21:15 Elite Criterium - Men
  • 22:10 FINISH - Elite Podium
  • 22:20 Event Close

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BACKGROUND

The inaugural Nocturne took place in 2007 on the London streets around the historic Smithfield Market. The event attracted over 5,000 spectators and was recognised for its innovation, receiving a Visit London Sports Tourism Award.

The Nocturne London is now an established highlight of London’s event calendar and in 2016 the event moved to a new high profile City location and was televised live on Eurosport International.

The event attracts the leading British pro teams as well as World Tour star riders with past appearances from Mark Cavendish, David Millar and Geraint Thomas. Other celebrity guests have included Sir Paul Smith, Geoff Banks, Pierre Koffman, Jody Scheckter and Sir Chris Hoy.

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NOCTURNE FESTIVAL

The success of the Nocturne has been driven by the unique format:
  • Held in the evening with the final after nightfall
  • Diverse race programme, leading up to the Elite Criterium
  • The race circuit has an F1 feel with hospitality, pit area and big screens
  • Involvement from local businesses and other attractions creates a festival around the racing
  • Feature races appeal to beyond the cycling audience and have included ‘Le Mans’ start Folding Bike race, Santander Cycles race, Penny Farthing racing and the Concours d'Elegance