The Newport Nocturne, billed as the UK’s original floodlit bike race, is back on the calendar – just one month after a funding shortage forced its cancellation.
The biannual event, first held in 1989, has attracted crowds of 15,000 down the years but with the economy the way it is, its future looked in doubt. But several backers have stepped forward and the race has risen, phoenix-like, from the ashes. Organisers are now working flat out to get everything in place for the 1 September event
“It’s not just been about sponsorship, we’ve been offered all sorts of practical help too,” said co-promoter Nick Jeggo. “It’s great to know that event is held in such high esteem.”
The last edition back in 2010 saw Ed Clancy, Chris Newton and Malcolm Elliot turn out, while past editions included the likes of Mark Cavendish, David Millar, Geraint Thomas and Sean Kelly.
Events will as usual include an ex-pro race, a one lap exhibition and the elite/pro race, with the winner of the latter winning his weight in beer. It takes place on Saturday 1 September from 6.30-10pm, with race entry now open on British Cycling’s website. For more information visit the event website.