As British cycling celebrates a successful Tour de France, the strongest criterium field assembled in the UK this season is set to light up Blackpool this Saturday night.
Along with South African duo Robbie Hunter and Daryl Impey (Barloworld), other riders competing include Russell Downing (CandiTV squad), Dean Downing and Kristian House (Rapha Condor) Dan Lloyd (Cervelo TestTeam), Antonio Tauler, Franco Marvulli, and Rob Hayles, Ed Clancy and Ian Wilkinson (Halfords Bikehut).
The Blackpool Nocturne 2009 takes place around a spectacular circuit that starts and finishes adjacent Blackpool Tower on the promenade.
Other races will include the Cycling Weekly Support Race, Youth Race, Folding Bike Race and a special Hoteliers challenge. The start and finish area will also be packed with attractions and entertainment including the Rollapaluza roller racing on the main stage.
Riders will compete on a 950m circuit along the north shore promenade area in Blackpool, providing a superb sprint finish along the promenade which will look stunning at night with the illuminated backdrop.
The circuit loops behind Blackpool Tower before cutting onto the promenade via Victoria Street. The riders will face a tough 180 degree turn at the North Pier before sprinting down the promenade finishing straight.
The Blackpool Nocturne is free to attend, visit www.nocturneseries.com for more details.