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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