The promoters of Britain's floodlit bike race have managed to attract three of the UK's best professional riders to its event. Tour de France heroes, Bradley Wiggins, Mark Cavendish and Geraint Thomas will ride at the Newport Nocturne on Saturday, September 1.
The riders will take part in a special one lap time trial called the "Battle for Beijing." Also taking part will be KLR/Parker International's Rob Hayles, an Olympic medallist, plus local youngster Simon Holt of Recycling.
Promoter Nick Jeggo said "It's fantastic to have Bradley riding at the Nocturne. He's not only a brilliant rider, but an example to aspiring cyclists in the UK.
"I have to say the pressure has been on us over the last few weeks to come up with something big for this year's event. In 2003 we had Sean Kelly here and in 2005 we had the Olympian Challenge Time Trial with the likes of Jason Queally and Paul Manning. Attracting Mark Cavendish and Geraint Thomas to Newport was a big achievement but now with Bradley coming it's the icing on the cake. It's fantastic to be able to bring top riders to our little town."
The evening will begin with the "Past Masters" race for ex-pros. This event is in aid of the Dave Rayner Fund which sends young riders abroad to develop their talent. This will be followed by the "Battle for Beijing" and then the main elite race, part of the National Circuit Series.