Extra-Ordinary Scenes from the Nocturne.

23 Jun 2011  |  Posted by BREGAN  |  Categories: Events, Sports Cycling


A terrible loser because he gets very little practice, James Brailsford.

As mentioned in a previous post, Brooks was on board earlier this month at the IG Markets London Nocturne, an extravaganza of night time street racing in the English capital, where an unbelievable amount of spectator noise was on hand to deafen the ears of the assembled two-wheeled competitors.

Over ten thousand spectators are estimated to have come for a look this year, and indeed, there were events to capture just about everyone’s imagination. For example, perhaps with the 2011 Brompton World Championships not very far off, the organizers had a huge turn-out of riders trying to find form in the Folding Bike Race.


Competitors vie with each other to pull off the “Promptest Brompt”.

(Notoriously, one false move while attempting a quick “brompt” can result in a racer choking himself with his own tie, and Savile Row “Tie-Men” were on hand to ensure the quickest undoing possible of a constricted Windsor Knot should the unthinkable have happened. Fortunately, they remained surplus to requirements.)


There was a competition to see who… never mind, this fellow won the Long Skid.

Always a crowd pleaser, the Long Skid Competition saw one or two scuffed knees, but none of them belonged to Jim Sullivan of Brixton Cycles, who graciously milked the applause of an easy win, and gratefully took ownership of a large bottle of fizz, two new tires and an appropriately lovely bunch of flowers.


Pros very briefly weighing risk versus reward as the sun goes down on Saturday night.

Gentlemen from the paid ranks got down and dirty after darkness fell, and Team Sky’s Alex Dowsett took first in the Elite Criterium by lapping the pack early on and sitting in on the peloton to leisurely spectate the rest of the day’s events.

But for that lesser-spotted yet hard-to-miss cadre of gnarled throwbacks, the disciples of Highwheel racing, we lent our name and support to the Brooks Ordinary Trophy, which was up for grabs on the night to whoever could keep moving fastest (and uprightest) on the challenging course surrounding Smithfield Market.

Two-time winner of the decennial Knutsford Great Race, “Gentleman” Jim Brailsford was once again on hand to show them how it’s done for the long event, and Kat Jungnickel, also of Knutsford fame,was the fastest woman and also took third place in the sprints among the men. The man-so-nice-they-named-him-twice, Steve George, annihilated the field in the men’s sprint, by the way.

Start practising now, maybe even invest in some Ordinaries for your children too, and someone might be able to stop “Gentleman Jim” from making it three-in-a-row at Knutsford in 2020.


Here we see the London Home Guards sending the Wheelmen once more into the breach.

RESULTS

BROOKS ORDINARY TROPHY

No
First Last
1 James Brailsford
2 Richard Thoday
3 Steve George
4 Gary Sanderson
5 Tim Dawson
6 Jim Crew
7 Charlotte Barnes
8 Katrina Jungnickel
9 Joff Summerfield
10 Graeme Smith
11 Barry Denny
12 Michael Gruetzner
13 Laurentiu Hufstetler
14 Count Martindy Cally Von Callomon
15 Efwin Knight
16 Russ Hogge
17 Chris Mills
18 Chris Saltrick
19 Leslie New
20 Phil Saunders
21 Nick Jonckheere
22 Stuart Mason-Elliot
23 Robert Taylor
24 Bogdan Velica
25 Nicholas Wenley
26 Tim Gunn
27 Nick Newman
28 Nick Hufstetler
29 Lonel Popa
30 A Henry (Brooks)

BROOKS PENNY FARTHING SPRINT

No
First Last
1 Steve George
2 James Brailsford
3 Katrina Jungnickel
4 Tim Dawson
5 Charlotte Barnes
6 Richard Thoday
7 Joff Summerfield
8 Laurentiu Hufstetler
9 Russ Hogge
10 Graeme Smith
11 Phil Saunders
12 Michael Gruetzner
13 Count Martindy Cally Von Callomon
14 Jim Crew
15 Efwin Knight
16 Bogdan Velica
17 Chris Mills
18 Robert Taylor
19 Stuart Mason-Elliot
20 Leslie New
21 John Darbyshire
22 Tim Gunn
23 Chris Saltrick
24 Nicholas Wenley
25 Nick Hufstetler
26 A Henry (Brooks)
27 Nick Newman
28 Loren Hufstetler


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4 Comments

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    26 Jun 2011

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