Penny farthings and longest skid contest show Nocturne’s fun side

Racing timetable ranges from quirky to elite

WHILE catching some of road racing’s stars zipping round the Smithfield Market track might be the main attraction, it is far from the only two-wheeled action worth catching at the IG London Nocturne.

LCC URBAN CYCLECROSS (4PM)
The first event of the day is this part criterium, part obstacle race, open to both male and female amateur riders, with cash prizes for the top three finishers.

TIME OUT LONDON FOLDING BIKE RACE (HEATS FROM 4:30PM, FINAL 8:20PM)

Commuters come to the fore in this event, in which business-wear-clad contestants must dart to their bikes, assemble them and sprint a few laps (three for heats, five in the final) for a winner-take-all prize.

LEIGH DAY KERMESSE (5:10PM)
Seventy riders, largely drawn from London, battle it out for a £500 prize in this race, which lasts 30 minutes plus five laps. Registration has closed, with 15 cyclists having qualified from races at January’s London Bike Show.

WIGGLE WOMEN’S TEAM CHALLENGE (6PM)
New for 2013 and open to amateurs only, teams of three or four take on 10 laps in a criterium format, meaning the result is based on when the third rider crosses the line.

IG CITY CRITERIUM (6:30PM)
Teams of four from 13 City companies, including IG, Clifford Chance and JP Morgan face off for Square Mile supremacy in a criterium race. For full preview see page 32.

BROOKS PENNY FARTHING RACE (7:10PM)
A quirkier contest and an IG London Nocturne favourite, featuring up to 40 riders perched on penny farthings over 20 minutes plus five laps.

SCHWALBE TRACK BIKE CRITERIUM (7:50PM)
No brakes, no gears, just 50 riders taking their track bikes out of their normal environments and onto the streets of EC1 for the last event before the elite races.

RAPHA ELITE WOMEN’S CRITERIUM (8:50PM)
British stars of London 2012 Dani King, Laura Trott and Joanna Rowsell will be among the 65 elite riders vying for supremacy over 30 minutes plus five laps.

NORGLIDE ELITE CRITERIUM (9:30PM)
Britain’s Alex Dowsett, who claimed victory in 2011, and Movistar team-mate Benat Intxausti are among the male pro riders racing over 50 minutes plus five laps.

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