London Nocturne return announced after thrilling 2013 event

The London Nocturne will return to the streets of the capital on Saturday June 7 next year, organisers have announced.

The hugely popular night-time criterium sees a series of races take place around the 1.1km circuit of Smithfield Market, with crowds packing the streets to witness the 2013 event.

Beñat Intxausti (Movistar) negotiates a turn on the 1.1km circuit around Smithfield Market Pic: ©Roz Jones

Billed as Britain’s ‘coolest night-time criterium’ this year’s record-breaking crowd saw riders including three-time national time trial champion Alex Dowsett battle for the elite title.

Joined by a host of Pro Continental stars, Movistar’s Dowsett was pipped to first place in a sprint finish by New Zealander Tom Scully, of Nottingham-based Team Raleigh, in a photo finish.

Former national circuit race champion Dean Downing (Madison Genesis) was also just beaten to the line by Scully – despite contesting the sprint finish with a flat tyre.

Meanwhile Olympic gold medallists Laura Trott, Dani King and Jo Rowsell lined up for the elite women’s race for what was Wiggle-Honda’s first ever race in Britain.

Another rising star of British women’s cycling, Hannah Barnes, pipped Trott on the line, and although Barnes was initially demoted for a ‘dangerous’ celebration, the 20-year-old MG Maxifuel rider was later reinstated as champion.

In addition to the thrilling finishes in the elite races, cycling fans lining the streets were also treated to a unique blend of contests including races on folding bikes and penny farthings.

Alongside the professional criterium races, other attractions include a penny farthing race

The 2014 event promises more high wheelers, and the festival atmosphere will be fuelled by a cycling expo area, food stalls and live music.

Organisers said: “We’re positive that the 2014 Nocturne will take it to another level – and we look forward to seeing you there.”

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