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