Elite cycling returns to Smithfield Market on Saturday. Five reasons why you should go
Live sport doesn’t get much more spectacular than watching elite cyclists whiz past your nose, with Smithfield Market offering a unique backdrop – and all by moonlight. Some 10,000 spectators turned out to catch a glimpse of last year’s event, and even more are expected this weekend. Map and full timetable Page 30
If you weren’t lucky enough to witness Britain’s velodrome conquering exploits at last summer’s London 2012 Olympics in the flesh, this is a chance to see some of the stars of the Games. Dani King, Laura Trott and Joanna Rowsell, who won team pursuit gold for Team GB, will be making their UK racing debut for their new road racing outfit Wiggle Honda. Dani King interview Page 28
It’s not just about the elite riders. Teams from well known Square Mile companies will face off in the IG City Criterium, while there are a host of more quirky contests throughout the evening, including a penny farthing race, a folding bike race and a competition for who can pull the longest skid. IG City Criterium Page 32
Besides the bike-related fun, there is plenty more to keep you entertained. A food market serving up tasty morsels and drinks will sate those who want to stay close to the action, while the Smithfield Market area boasts a host of other bars and restaurants, many of which are running special offers.
It’s free. It needn’t cost you a penny to pitch up and enjoy top-class sporting entertainment in one of the capital’s most distinctive settings. Should you want a little extra comfort, however, there are grandstand tickets, which include drinks vouchers and a programme, priced at £37 (go to www.londonnocturne.com) and exclusive hospitality with champagne, unlimited food and complimentary drinks, plus the best seats on the finish line, at £100 plus VAT. Win hospitality tickets >> Page 32