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Rapha Nocturne expands with Copenhagen race

Josh Cunningham
11 May 2017

Nocturne in the Danish capital scheduled for 19th August, with more cities worldwide planned for the future

The Rapha Nocturne, a night-time circuit race that has been staged on the streets of central London for the past decade, is set to expand its calendar in 2017 with a sister event in Copenhagen, Denmark, on 19th August. 

2017 marks the 11th anniversary since the race's inaugural edition in 2006, and as well as bringing Rapha back on board as the title sponsor, the international flavour that had previously been hinted at has now been confirmed with the Copenhagen date. 

The announcement was made at the launch of the London Nocturne, which was held last night at the Rapha Clubhouse in Spitalfields market. 

'Rapha were part of the original idea to create the Nocturne and it has come full circle now,' said James Pope, CEO of Face Partnership, who run the event series.

'We are going to take the event to some of the most iconic cities in the world, Copenhagen being the first city later this year – and then expanding to the US and beyond.'

'Over the last ten years [cycling] has moved and progressed,' Rapha CEO Simon Mottram said of the brand's return to the partnership. 'So now to be back and to do it in a much bigger way, just feels completely right.

'Rapha has grown massively in ten years too. We are now in a number of different countries around the world, and most of our sales are international.'

Copenhagen is also home to a Rapha Clubhouse, and with a strong cycling culture its suitability as Nocturne host makes perfect sense.

'We really want to go to some of those key cities,' confirms Mottram. 'Starting with Copenhagen later this summer, but then going to places in Australia, the US, all over Europe, maybe even Japan, and put together a proper global series of events where we can combine racing and riding – ride all day and race all night.'

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