Firms vie to be called Square Mile’s fastest

Frank Dalleres
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IG City Criterium will be fiercely fought

COMPETITIVENESS is as synonymous with the Square Mile as pinstripe suits, so there will be no more keenly contested race on Saturday evening than the IG City Criterium.

Teams representing 13 different companies based in, or with close links to, the capital’s business district will do battle over the Smithfield Market course for the right to be called the speediest in the City.

And this year there is an added incentive. Asset managers Schroders, who have beaten all comers in the last two editions of the IG London Nocturne, will be absent from the field, meaning there will be a new corporate champion in 2013.

Among the firms entering four-man teams for the 10-lap race are global legal powerhouse Clifford Chance, financial services giant JP Morgan and real estate specialists Delancey.

Teams got an early chance to size each other up last month at the Rapha Cycle Club in Soho, where they took part in an evening of Rollapaluza – head-to-head roller racing – which also determined seedings and where riders will line up on the starting grid.
Sandy Smith, representing Italian restaurant group and cycling enthusiasts Nonna’s, beat FT into second place, with Nigel Dinning of Clifford Chance a close third.

Shift Active Media qualified fourth fastest, with IG fifth, Stott and May sixth, online cycle shop Wiggle seventh and Star Financial Systems eighth.

“It was good to get the rivalry started early with a few of the teams looking strong,” said James Pope of organisers FACE Partnership.

“Roller racing is very different from criterium racing though so it’s all to play for in the main event on Saturday.”

The IG City Criterium is scheduled to begin at 6:30pm and is expected to last approximately 25 minutes.


Clifford Chance
Shift Active Media
Stott and May
Star Financial Systems
JP Morgan