Mayor of London lends his support to this weekend's IG Nocturne

Boris Johnson: ‘Nocturne is chance to rekindle London 2012 spirit’

This Saturday sees the latest edition of the increasingly popular IG London Nocturne at Smithfield Market.

Penny Farthings, folding and fixed gear bikes will also feature in the race programme, with the Schwalbe Track Bike Criterium, the Brooks Penny Farthing Race and the IG City Criterium. Riders will also do battle in the Time Out London Folding Bike Race across two heats and the final.

The event will see the Wiggle Honda Pro Cycling team’s first outing on British soil, while Movistar Team’s Beñat Intxausti is the latest high-profile recruit, joining British time trial champ and Movistar team-mate Alex Dowsett to race the Norglide Elite Criterium. Rapha Condor JLT will bring a strong team for the Elite Criterium featuring Ed Clancy, James McCallum and Kristian House with Madison Genesis, Team IG Sigma Sport and Team Raleigh also vying for honours in the elite race.

Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, said: "This is a chance for Londoners to rekindle the Olympic spirit of last summer, with three Team GB cycling champions riding the IG London Nocturne at Smithfield Market.

"The summer of 2013 is going to be huge for cycling and a night of professional racing at such an iconic location should help inspire even more people to get on their bikes."

Nocturne has introduced a grandstand seating area for the first time this year.

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