The World Cycling Revival is being held for the first time next month, taking over south London’s Herne Hill Velodrome on 14-16 June for three days of racing, vintage music, and general bike appreciation.

The ‘Goodwood Revival’ of cycling, the event will have a 1940s theme – including bunting, hay bales and several jazz and swing bands playing throughout the festivities – with there even a ‘style guide’ for people who are planning on attending in fancy dress. The date is in reference to Herne Hill’s hosting of track events for the 1948 Olympic Games, and it is hoped that the Revival will be the biggest event hosted at the site since.

World Cycling Revival at Herne Hill Velodrome

“My background is in motorsport and I’ve got very close to the Goodwood Revival festival,” said John Postlethwaite, founder of The P&P World Cycling Revival. “I felt that there was no reason why we couldn’t have our own revival festival in cycling, given that it is 200 years ago this year that the patent for the bicycle was first registered in the UK.”

There will be nods to this history through the National Cycling Museum's display of 25 bikes showing the changes that have occurred in cycling over the last two centuries. However the main focus will be firmly on the track.

Keirin racing at Herne Hill Velodrome ahead of the World Cycling Revival

Keir-in it to win it

The Japanese track racing discipline of Keirin will be the showpiece of the Revival, with five races taking place each day. Fast paced and unpredictable, nine riders are led out by a derny bike that reaches speeds of 31mph before peeling off the track with 750m to go. A mad dash to the line follows and with it one of the most exciting finishes in cycling. Oh, and unlike other British Cycling races, patrons will be able to bet on each of the events, just as they do in the Far East.

Condor Cycles Classico

All riders at the World Cycling Revival will be using one of 15 special edition frames that have been designed by Condor Cycles especially for the event. The Classico's frame is made from modern, triple butted steel and takes styling cues from the brand’s bikes from the 50s and 60s, including a chrome-plated rear section and the etching of ‘Since 1948’ onto the fork – referencing Condor’s founding year and the 1948 London Olympics.

Keirin riders confirmed for the festival include six-time World Champion Francois Pervis, 2017 World Champion Azizul Awang, and three-time team pursuit Olympic Gold medalist Ed Clancey.

Graeme Obree and The Old Faithful at Herne Hill Velodrome for the World Cycling Revival

25 years of The Old Faithful

Another famous face to grace the festival will be cycling legend Graeme Obree. This year marks the 25th anniversary of 'The Flying Scotsman’s' first world hour record, so Obree will be taking to the track aboard a rebuilt iteration of “The Old Faithful” (including signature washing machine parts) and showing that he’s still got it.

Will Butler-Adams on a CHPT3 Brompton at Herne Hill Velodrome for the World Cycling Revival


The final highlight of the festival has to be the Brompton ‘48 Invitational. The race will see 48 cyclists go head-to-head in an elimination race, with the winner walking away with a cool £10,048 – the biggest cash prize in UK cycling.

The race will start Le Mans style, with participants having to run to their bikes and unfold them before they can get on their way. The field, which includes ex-pro David Miller, will be split into two heats of 24, and the 12 fastest from each will qualify for the final.

CHPT3 Brompton at Herne Hill Velodrome for World Cycling Revival

All competitors will be riding on the CHPT3 Bromptons – a super-light fold-up bike developed alongside Miller that has a titanium swing arm and fork, and an s-type handlebar that helps riders achieve a sporty racing position.

For more information about the event, visit The P&P World Cycling Revival website.