Video: Madison-Genesis v the Jupiter Nocturne crit

Racing in the dark on the tricky Smithfield circuit

by John Stevenson   June 12, 2014  

Nocturne Madison-Genesis crop

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.

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it was a really fun evening actually, definitely be there next year

Canyon Roadlite Centaur/ Veloce groupset, Shamal wheels

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posted by Miles253 [209 posts]
12th June 2014 - 22:14


It was a fantastic evening, Louis (age 13) is already planning next year's trip… Just put our London Nocturne video up on Vimeo…
Not as slick as Madison's, but we've got some of the pennyfarthing racing and Women's Elite race. - Muddy bikes, Road bikes and Family rides in the South West

posted by Mombee [81 posts]
13th June 2014 - 15:15


Watched the highlights this morning, a great looking event all round, something for everyone and fun.


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posted by antonio [1103 posts]
14th June 2014 - 8:15