Smithfield Nocturne Folding Bike Race

The Smithfield Nocturne Folding Bike Race is held as a part of the Smithfield Nocturne cycling event in London. The race pits commuters on folding bikes against one another in a Le Mans-style race around the historic Smithfield Market. At the drop of the start flag, the suit-and-shorts clad racers run 10m to their bikes, pick them up and run another 10m, unfold them as fast as possible, and race 5 laps around the 1km closed course (sounds a bit like my sprint to the train every weekday morning… LOL). The 2008 event hosted over 100 entries with competitors coming from as far away as Slovenia. The grand prize for this year’s event was a Dahon Speed Pro TT folding bicycle and bragging rights as the world’s fastest multi-modal commuter.

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3 Responses to “Smithfield Nocturne Folding Bike Race”

  • Rick says:

    I am torn between rooting for the Suspenders guy and the Bowtie guy. I like Bowtie more, but Suspenders is leading…nothing worse than being a loser…especially a loser wearing a bowtie!

  • Alan says:


    I don’t know, Bowtie Guy may have it on style points alone…

  • Roland Smith says:

    Well, the suspenders and cycling shorts sure are an interesting combo.

    One would expect an English commuter race to contain at least a couple of gents in three-piece suits, with a bowler hats held firmly down with an umbrella. ;-)

    Reminds me of the Top Gear episode where they did a race through London between a bike, a car, public transport and a powerboat. The bike won, and the car came in dead last. Best endorsement for urban cycling I ever saw. :-)

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