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14 June 2012 No comments
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Photo Liz Seabrook Brooks was once again on board last weekend in London for the IG Markets Nocturne, an evening of street racing in the heart of the English capital. Around 12000 spectators gathered at Smithfield to witness racers vying with each other to take the top spot in a variety of categories. Photo courtesy of Rob Powell at thecity The pros took part in the Elite Criterium, which was won this year by Team Sky's Ian Stannard, while local sundry Finance and P.R. houses were invited to enter teams in the City Criterium. Riders put out feelers for twenty minutes, then put the hammer down for five lactic laps. Overall team bragging rights went to Schroder's, while first individual over the line was Andrew Croker of Shift Active Media. Photo courtesy of Rob Powell at thecity Highlight of the day, of course, was as ever the Brooks Penny Farthing Race. 26 throwbacks climbed aboard their Ordinaries and put on a dazzling spectacle of speed and skill for the assembled throngs. Photo courtesy of Rob Powell at thecity Kat Jungnickel took the Ladies laurels, while serial Penny Farthing race winner "Gentleman" Jim Brailsford had to be content with second place for a change. New Zealander Gary McKinnel edged him out for a great win, in some of the hardest fought Highwheel laps seen since the last installment of the Knutsford Great Race. Photo Liz Seabrook Photo courtesy of Rob Powell at thecity Some well dressed and high speed Folding Bike antics, and a rubber burning Long Skid contest filled out the roster of events, with Anna Glowinski posting a 60 meter trail in the latter to take the prize of a set of skidding tires. Photo Liz Seabrook Photo Liz Seabrook Attendance has increased with each consecutive year, and we are in little doubt that the Nocturne, described by no less a personage than GreenEdge pro Brett Lancaster (via Twitter) as the coolest cycling event he has ever been to, will be back with the Brooks Penny Farthing Race again in 2013.