Courier race at Smithfield Nocturne
3.05.07 by Buffalo Bill
It’s on! I don’t have any other details, but the Smithfield Nocturne is definitely happening. The date is 23rd June, and according to the event promoters, the Nocturne is the Corporation of London’s official pre Tour de France event and we are hosting the event in partnership with Rapha Condor, Paul Smith and Getty Images. It is set to be a fantastic action-packed evening and is a great way to get involved with cycling so close to the Tour De France. Channel 4 have scheduled 3 × 1hr programmes for the event. We are expecting over 5000 people to attend. I notice that there is a ‘Classic Car Exhibition’ as part of the ‘action packed evening’. Eh?
Looking at the course, it appears that it is disappointingly going the right way around the Smithfield one-way. It would be nice to see couriers going the wrong way down West Smithfield under the noses of the Snow Hill bike squad.
Therese Bjorn, who has her finger in that pie too, tells me that Nelly, the Race Captain of the 2003 European Cycle Messenger Championships, is in charge of courier part of the evening. I haven’t been able to get hold of him for a comment but I’m sure that whatever he comes up with will be fun and mind-bending. Expect it to be ringer-tastic and crash-tastic, too.
According to the information on the website, the rather unique messenger race… ...will incorporate teams from some of London’s best know [sic] courier firms. The messengers will take part in a delivery and pick up challenge with packages and points around the route that need to be collected and signed off. With lots of zig-zagging and stopping and starting it is expected to be a real crowd pleaser and a fiercely competitive event! So it’s going to be a real messenger race, not a race for messengers, if you follow my meaning.