Thousands gather in and around Smithfield Market on Saturday evening to watch the Jupiter London Nocturne
Photos by Wig Worland
Tobyn Horton (Madison Genesis) and Nicola Juniper (Echelon-Rotor) won the elite races at the 2014 Jupiter London Nocturne on Saturday, rounding off a packed day of bike racing at Smithfield Market.
Thousands of fans packed around the sun-soaked central London circuit to watch folding bikes, Penny Farthings, track bikes and Barclays Cycle Hire bikes battle on the 1.1km course.
Horton powered to victory in the Schwalbe Elite Men’s Criterium, making a late break from a lead group of four to claim his second victory in London inside three days.
Felix English (Rapha Condor JLT) was second and James McCallum of NFTO Pro Cycling – who won the first-ever London Nocturne in 2007 – was third.
Kristian House (Rapha Condor JLT) set the pace early on until Horton, McCallum and Adam Duggleby (Wheelbase Altura MGB) broke clear and worked to build a 10-second lead that the chasers could never recover.
Despite Team Raleigh’s best efforts to catch the breakaway it was a four-man race with two laps to go. Duggleby crashed out on the final lap, while Horton took the initiative at the front, mounting a huge effort to break clear and win by five by lengths from English, prompting a massive roar from the crowd. It was an impressive tactical move and capped a fine week for Horton, who won his first-ever race in Canary Wharf on Thursday.
Double Olympic champion Ed Clancy (Rapha Condor JLT) came fourth – a remarkable result considering he spent the opening laps at the back of the bunch. Andy Tennant (Madison Genesis) was fifth.
Tennant’s team-mate Tom Scully – who beat Alex Dowsett in a photo-finish to win last year’s race – came seventh. Garmin-Sharp’s Tyler Farrar and Nathan Haas, who finished the Giro d’Italia a week ago, were 33rd and 34th respectively.
“As always it was a cracking event and one I was really, really happy to win,” said Horton. “I’ve waited for years to win a race at that level, and then two come along. I’m over the moon.
“With a lap and a half to go I put a bit of an attack in through the pits and into the finishing straight. We all ended up back together… Felix is a very fast sprinter and not someone I really want to take to the line and Jimmy (McCallum) is fast too. I hit out hard and nailed it into the last few bends – I just put my head down and went.”
Nicola Juniper (Echelon Rotor) won the Rapha Women’s Elite Criterium as she out-sprinted Gabriella Shaw (Pearl Izumi Sports Tours International). Katie Curtis (Starley Primal Pro Cycling) finished third, leading the chasing group home after a brutally fast race.
There were 75 starters including world champion Katie Archibald and Amy Roberts of Wiggle Honda. Grace Garner – winner of the 2013-14 Revolution Series HOY Future Stars competition – was fourth with Wiggle Honda’s Roberts fifth. Eileen Roe, Laura Greenhalgh, Louise Mahe, Annasley Park and Lydia Boylan made up the top 10.
Sir Paul Smith and Richard Wilson, Head of Marketing at Jupiter Asset Management, handed out the prizes to the elite riders and the crowd packed around the stage were duly sprayed with winners’ champagne.
Wilson said: “This year’s Jupiter London Nocturne was as exciting as ever. We’re delighted to be part of this vibrant cycling festival at historic Smithfield Market, one of the very best events on the UK cycling calendar, and we’re happy to be working with FACE Partnership on such a successful event.”
Before the elite racing, London Nocturne veteran Keith Henderson won the IMIMobile Folding Bike Race, winning a Tern folding bike as he proved the best of 81 riders across two heats and the final. Philip Pateman and Joe Brown were second and third respectively.
The inaugural Barclays Cycle Hire Race offered perhaps the best sprint of the night as Ryan Carus and Leo Tong flew around the final corner, with Carus topping the podium by half a bike length ahead of Massimo Saetta in third.
X Factor finalists Rough Copy, DJ Jade Avia, rapper Mikill Pane and former Olympic sprinter Jeanette Kwakye all lapped up the applause of the crowd in the Barclays Cycle Hire Race.
The Brooks Retro Criterium was another first for the Jupiter London Nocturne. The race fragmented early on and Thomas Zittel (riding a 1960s Claud Butler Super Torino) broke away to win. Will Downing was second on a 1983 Team Raleigh USA bike.
In the Penny Farthing Race, always a favourite with the Nocturne crowd, Richard Thoday repeated his victory of last year. The intense efforts of the riders and spectacular outfits brought the crowd to life as the atmosphere built towards the elite racing.
Richard Mardle (Stott and May) was the first rider to finish the Ignitr City Criterium but Wiggle, with three riders in the top five, claimed overall victory.
The Condor Track Bike Criterium was intensely competitive. Paolo Bravini, one of four riders Team Cinelli Chrome who flew in from Italy to race, brilliantly held off last year’s winner Wayne Crombie in the final sprint. A fierce pace from the start saw plenty of riders dropped.
The Leigh Day Kermesse was another fearsomely fast race and Alex Minting (Neon-Velo) came out on top of 61 riders. George Wood of Richardson Trek RT was second, Ben Simmons of Wiggle third.
Despite the predictions of bad weather the crowd enjoyed some world-class bike racing on a sunny evening for the eighth edition of the Jupiter London Nocturne
Watch TV highlights: Sky Sports 2 (Tuesday, 10pm), British Eurosport 2 (Friday, 7.30pm) and Channel 4 (Saturday, 5.30am).