The inaugural Smithfield Nocturne took place around Smithfield Market in 2007 and was awarded a Visit London Sports Tourism Award and recognised for its innovation.
Over the years the Smithfield event continued to grow with star riders including Geraint Thomas, Alex Dowsett and Ian Stannard taking victory in the elite criterium.
The event also expanded in the UK to host editions in Salford (2008), Edinburgh (2009 and 2010) and Blackpool (2009 and 2010).
When IG Markets came on board as title sponsor in 2011 the focus shifted back to London as we aimed to make the event bigger and better and recognised as the world' premier criterium race.
In 2016 we moved to a higher profile location around Cheapside in the heart of the City of London.
In 2017 the Rapha Nocturne Series was created with Copenhagen confirmed as the first international city to sit alongside London. Find out more about the Rapha Nocturne Series.