The Illustrated Lavoro

A celebration of London

"I wanted to celebrate the capital and the muddle of historic and modern architecture that we ride beneath every day.”

London's urban backdrop is one of the most dramatic in cycle sport. The Giro d'Italia may have alpine meadows stuffed with ladders of switch backs, but the London Nocturne (10th June) has produced some equally exciting imagery in its 10-year history.

The race, which has a new home beneath St. Paul's, takes places in a pocket of the city of London that reeks of history.

We're celebrating the 2017 race by hand illustrating two Lavoro track frames for the winners of the Fixed Gear Criterium events at the Nocturne.

 
Dragons and The Great Fire

 

The illustrator of the framesets is Ben Spurrier explains the hidden details.

"Dragons are an important element in the design. The dragon on the headtube based on two large dragon sculptures which were mounted above the entrance to the Coal Exchange on Lower Thames Street." 

The dragons mark a one mile square enclave at the heart of the capital, known as The City of London. It is within this ancient boundary that the Nocturne takes place.

The Great Fire of London in 1666 incinerated the medieval city. Thousands died or lost their homes. "From a city burnt to the ground a new London rose; a London, abundant with guilds, churches, traders and a splendid new St Paul’s Cathedral. Exactly where the race takes place." 

 

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Headtube of Condor Lavoro

HECTIC NIGHT OF RACING

 

“I love road races, but I love criteriums more. They’re spectator friendly – with riders passing every minute or two – so you really see the race unfold. It’s intense.”

ED CLANCY OBE – JLT CONDOR

2015 NOCTURNE WINNER

Now in its tenth year, this cycling race sees pros and amateurs alike pedalling through the streets of the Square Mile. 

JLT Condor pro cycling team have twice claimed the crown in the elite race and, led by Ed Clancy, are aiming for a triple. Condor helped found the hectic night of racing back in 2007. This year our attentions are focused on supporting the Nocturne Fixed Gear Crit.

Born from track cycling and evolving via alley cat courier racing, today's fixed gear criteriums are exciting for riders as well as everyday fans. The racing is a crash-filled, crowd-pleasing show of form, ability and community. The unique style of racing requires a unique prize.

For the winners of the individual men and women's races we've designed two unique framesets.

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