The organisers of Britain's only floodlit cycle race have sent out a call for the country's ex-professional cyclists to come and rekindle their competitive spirit.
The Shropshire Star Newport Nocturne which takes place on September 1st around the streets of Newport, features a Past Masters race, open to anyone who has held a Pro licence. The race, which is run every two years has previously featured top riders, like Sean Kelly, Sid Barras and Les West. Previous editions attracted over 14,000 spectators.
Co-Promoter, Nick Jeggo explained "We always put on the Past Masters event just before the main Pro/Elite race. It seems to attract a different sort of cycling fan; people who have followed the sport for years and who want another chance to see the top riders from their era perform again.".
The entire prize list for the race is donated to the Dave Rayner Fund, set up in memory of one of the UK's most talented riders and which sends young riders to the continent to gain experience. A past beneficiary of the fund is David Millar who, this year, held the polka dot climbers jersey in the Tour de France.
"The Nocturne is only a few weeks away, so we'd like any ex-Pros to get in touch with us as soon as possible. It would also be great if some of them got sponsors for the night and gave the proceeds to the Dave Rayner Fund." said Nick.