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London Nocturne: Free-to-spectate racing in the heart of London this weekend

The Mr Porter London Nocturne take places this Saturday 9th June in the City of London, and it's free to attend

The Mr Porter London Nocturne returns to the capital's streets with the event taking place on a closed circuit in the shadow of St Paul's Cathedral on this Saturday 9th June. The event was previously sponsored by Rapha and there had even been a suggestion that it wouldn't be going ahead, but thankfully for those racing and spectating it will return this year better than ever.

A full schedule of events runs from 14:00 to 22:20 and every event is free to spectate. Excitement is guaranteed from the penny farthing race, the Brompton event with its -run-and-unfold start, as well as fixed gear crits and professional circuit races.

In years past the London Nocturne centred around Smithfield Market but for the last few years has been run in its current location.

The move to elsewhere in the City of London was met with scepticism in some quarters, but the change of parcours hasn't affected the quality of racing or the excitement of attending.

Mr Porter London Nocturne: Key information

Date: Saturday 9th June
Time: 14:00-22:30
Cost: Free to attend
Location: Cheapside, City of London
Nearest tubes: St Pauls and Bank

The London Nocturne brings a fully barriered race circuit, as well as music, big screens, expo, bars and VIP hospitality area to create a spectacular festival around the racing with plenty of entertainment for all the family.

For those wanting to get involved, there are a number of races open to the public including the folding bike race and Concours d’elegance.

A festival around the circuit will include a range of attractions for all the family. The event is free to attend, see nocturnecycling.com for more information.

Mr Porter London Nocturne: Schedule

As well as the headline women's and men's circuit races, there's plenty for spectators to see during the event, which delivers a packed schedule from 14:00 to 22:20.

Time Event
14:00 London Nocturne 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 geared criterium: women
19:45 Fixed geared criterium: men
20:30 Elite criterium: women
21:15 Elite criterium: men
22:10 Finish - Elite podium
22:20 Event closes

Witness riders turning back the decades by racing penny farthings around the historic streets of Cheapside, see the fastest fixed gear racing and even a Brompton race with a Le Mans-style start.

There's also something a bit different with the 'Concours d’élégance'. A race of pageantry and pomp where riders compete for the most elegant entry, best bike and most considerate cycling style.

A fun day out for WorldTour riders, amateurs racers and spectators alike.

Photos: David Powell

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