2014 LONDON NOCTURNE

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This weekend the streets of Smithfield Market filled with people for the 2014 London Nocturne. It was a gorgeous day with only a few clouds floating around and zero chance of rain. We got a late start (per usual) and rushed across town to catch the Condor Track Bike Criterium.

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When we arrived the racers were already lined up at the start/finish line and the streets were already packed with anxious spectators. I quickly ran to the first straight to find a good spot to shoot some photos and Zoe found a good spot to lock the bikes. A half hour goes by and the race hadn’t started. The riders at the starting line were getting antsy and a lot of them starting taking selfies for their Instagrams. After standing there for a full hour with no water and cold legs the race finally begun. One quick warm up lap and the racers lined back up for the start.

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Out of the gate the pace was seriously fast. A lot of riders got dropped before the end of the first lap. Team Cinelli Chrome stayed at the front setting the pace for the entire field. DSC_1156

After ten minutes at a very fast pace the field was split into groups. Some riders struggling to stay on the lead lap and some simply giving up. DSC_1137

With only three laps left to go the pace quickened and the everyone had on their pain face.

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In the end, after a very impressive ride,  Paolo Bravini of Team Cinelli Chrome took the win. All around it was a great event. Lots of fast riding and fun times with friends.

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