British Tour de France riders Bradley Wiggins, Mark Cavendish and Geraint Thomas will compete at the Shropshire Star Newport Nocturne on Saturday, September 1.
The trio will take part in a special one lap time trial dubbed the Battle for Beijing during what is the UK’s only floodlit bike race meeting. Also taking part will be Olympic medallist Rob Hayles and local youngster Simon Holt of the Recycling team.
Promoter Nick Jeggo said: “It’s fantastic to have Bradley riding at the Nocturne, he’s not only a brilliant rider, but an example to aspiring cyclists in the UK. The pressure has been on us over the last few weeks to come up with something big for this year’s event. In 2003 we had Sean Kelly here and in 2005 we had the Olympian Challenge Time Trial with the likes of Jason Queally and Paul Manning. Attracting Mark and Geraint to Newport was a big achievement but now with Bradley coming it’s the icing on the cake. It’s fantastic to be able to bring top riders to our little town.”
The evening will begin with the Past Masters race for ex-Pros. This event is in aid of the Dave Rayner Fund which sends young riders abroad to develop their talent. This will be followed by the Battle for Beijing and then the main Elite race, part of the National Circuit Series.
The Shropshire Star Newport Nocturne takes place on the evening of Saturday, September 1 on a 1.2 mile circuit in the centre of Newport, Shropshire. See www.bikerace.co.uk for details.