More than 15,000 people are expected to pack into Newport town centre tomorrow as some of the country’s top cyclists race in the Newport Nocturne.
The Nocturne, which starts at 6.30pm, has a new addition to the programme. It will host an outdoor Derny race believed to be the first of its kind ever held in this country.
Eight riders will compete, including multiple Olympic gold medalist Ed Clancy, fellow Olympian Andy Tennant and home rider Simon Holt.
They will take part in a one-off presentation event over eight laps.
Riders will be paced by the motorised Derny bikes, which are normally used in the indoor velodrome as seen in the keirin event during London 2012 where Sir Chris Hoy took gold for Team GB.
Race organiser Nick Jeggo is delighted with the latest addition to the entertainment.
“We think this is a really exciting idea,” he said.
“British Cycling have been very supportive and having an extra event on the programme has allowed us to attract another sponsor.”
He added: “We’ve got a really experienced team of Derny drivers, led by Alex Wharton. Our circuit has long wide straights, so it’s suitable for this type of event in a way that many town centre races aren’t.”
The riders will each be allocated a Derny bike to follow for seven complete laps before a sprint finish on the final circuit.
The Nocturne, a bi-annual event, is expected to attract thousands of spectators to the town centre streets.
This year’s event includes its first ever women’s race, which will see Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins’s wife Cath compete, as well as the main men’s race which boasts a host of top names.
Mr Jeggo said: “It is a really good line-up this year with plenty of big names which should see some excellent racing.”
For more details see www.bikerace.co.uk
By Alex James