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Top class bike racing comes to Blackpool this evening in the shape of the Blackpool Nocturne, the last round of the popular night time race series that kicked off in June in Smithfield and then headed up to Edinburgh.

Tonight's Nocturne finale in Blackpool will see a top class field of cycling talent lining up at the start including last year's winner, Ed Clancy MBE of Motorpoint-Marshalls Pasta, a team that also boasts, Ian Bibby the winner of the Smithfield round of the series.

They will be up against Tour de France stage winner Rubens Bertogliati, Edinburgh Nocturne winner Kristian House, Sigma Sport – Specialized’s Simon Richardson and Rapha Condor Sharp’s Chris Newton, oh and of course the Kuota-road.cc team too.

There is also a full complement of support races to the main event including a
Dahon folding bike race, youth's race. There's also a hire bike race giving members of the public the change to get involved in the action. After getting on the bikes and racing around the circuit, the winner will be the rider who is the first to successfully put their bike back into a docking station at the finish (be interesting if you tried to hold a race like that in London at the moment - ed).

Heats will lead to a grand final with limited spaces for spectators to sign up on the night. Blackpool keen to promote the fact that it hit the ground running with its hire bike scheme well before London, the Blackpool hire fleet is slated to expand to 500 by the end of the summer – so not long now then.

Racing starts at 6PM with the Elite Race slated to get underway at 8.45PM.
To find out more get over to Blackpool or visit www.blackpoolnocturne.com.

Plucked from the obscurity of his London commute back in the mid-Nineties to live in Bath and edit bike mags our man made the jump to the interweb back in 2006 as launch editor of a large cycling website somewhat confusingly named after a piece of navigational equipment. He came up with the idea for road.cc mainly to avoid being told what to do… Oh dear, issues there then. Tony tries to ride his bike every day and if he doesn't he gets grumpy, he likes carbon, but owns steel, and wants titanium. When not on his bike or eating cake Tony spends his time looking for new ways to annoy the road.cc team. He's remarkably good at it.

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demoff [327 posts] 6 years ago
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Just getting ready to make our way down there, lovely summer evening as well. Will let you know how it goes.

Go on Clarkey!!!

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demoff [327 posts] 6 years ago
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Fantastic race, exploded into action from the start with Dean Downing and Simon Richardson on the attack straight away. Gradually a chase group of 3 emerged from the pack Kristian House failed to bridge the gap to the lead riders but still took 3rd place with Dave Clarke taking a very respectable 5th riding solo.

Came home hoarse from cheering Clarkey on.

Minor niggle would have been nice to have some speakers on the bottom of the course to hear what was going on.

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Tony Farrelly [2868 posts] 6 years ago
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Did you see the hire bike racing? How'd that go?

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JJ the Flying D... [64 posts] 6 years ago
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I got third in the track stand competition  16

Oh, and 2nd in the bunch sprint. I was 8th, Jefte 9th. Bed time now...

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demoff [327 posts] 6 years ago
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Yes saw some of the Hourbike racing Tony, they appeared to have plenty of takers with some of them getting well stuck in. Funny seeing the final going off behind one of the motorbikes. Don't think those bikes will ever be ridden as fast again.

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Tony Farrelly [2868 posts] 6 years ago
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Good work in the sprint JJ,

Did they have a podium for the trackstanding  3

First installment of JJ's new blog coming soon

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JJ the Flying D... [64 posts] 6 years ago
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Unfortunately no podium for the trackstanding. Did get the Red Bull girl's phone number, but not sure if that was the price for 3rd  4

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demoff [327 posts] 6 years ago
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You made the BC video JJ at 41 seconds busting some nice moves.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bR54RHDrxhU