Video: Madison-Genesis v the Jupiter Nocturne crit
Racing in the dark on the tricky Smithfield circuit
What’s it like to race on the road, in the dark? This video from the Madison-Genesis team makes it look really rather scary - and really rather fun.
Team rider Tobyn Horton took the win at the Jupiter London Nocturne Series, Schwalbe Elite Criterium on Saturday June 7, and in this clip he and his teammates discuss the challenges of the race, which started not long before dusk and as Horton puts it “It’s fully dark by the end.”
That means that as well as the tight, technical course around Smithfield Market, riders have to contend with the glare of streetlights and spectator flashes going off in their eyes. As another puts it: “Yeah, you can’t see what you’re doing.”
If you want to see the whole race, highlights will be screened on Eurosport on Friday, June 13 at 7.30pm and on Channel 4 on Saturday June 14 at 5.30am.