Review: Time Out London Folding Bike Race at the Nocturne Series

The best thing about the Time Out London Folding Bike Race at the Nocturne Series 2013 was watching the starting line. It was so hilarious, that we almost wet our pants laughing.

The Folding Bike race was a brilliant celebration of the mad rush hour commuting in London.

Riders taking their places. Photo © Zarina Holmes / GLUE
Riders taking their places. Photo © Zarina Holmes / GLUE

At the start after the British flag dropped, the riders rushed to their bikes and unfolded them as quickly as possible. A few riders even put their safety lights on before speeding off.

No professional riders are allowed to enter the race. The rules of the race is pretty quirky.

The racers were required to dress in business attire from the waist upwards. Deliberate barging and tripping is not permitted, but the Nocturne Series encourages ‘commuter conduct’ such as jostling, obstruction, distraction tactics etc.

See the Folding bikes rules and regulation here.

Go! Go! Go! Photo © Zarina Holmes / GLUE
Go! Go! Go! Photo © Zarina Holmes / GLUE

We spotted several imaginative and well-dressed riders, who deserve special medals for sartorial flair alone.

It is heartening to see that the cycling community are able to laugh at themselves. Sense of humour is always an important part in communicating cycling message. Otherwise, how else do we cope with the stressful daily commute and poor infrastructure.

The champion. Photo © Zarina Holmes / GLUE
The Folding Bike Race champion, Keith Henderson. He was wearing Condor Polka Dot Socks, in memory of his friend, Nigel Furminger. A portion of the sock sales goes to the Hospice in the Weald (Twitter @Hospiceweald). Photo © Zarina Holmes / GLUE

There were two heats before the final race, which GLUE photographed here. The winner of this year’s race is Keith Henderson, followed by Rimas Grigenas and Gavin Morton respectively.

See the full results of the race here.

For more photos of the Folding Bike Race, check out GLUE’s Facebook gallery.

GLUE RATING:

★★★★★ 

Nice tan lines. Photo © Zarina Holmes / GLUE
Nice tan lines. Photo © Zarina Holmes / GLUE
Keith Haring theme. Photo © Zarina Holmes / GLUE
Keith Haring theme. Photo © Zarina Holmes / GLUE
Preppy chic. Photo © Zarina Holmes / GLUE
Preppy chic. Photo © Zarina Holmes / GLUE
Photo © Zarina Holmes / GLUE
Photo © Zarina Holmes / GLUE
Check out the sufferfaces. Photo © Zarina Holmes / GLUE
Check out the sufferfaces. Photo © Zarina Holmes / GLUE
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