The Course

The 2017 Rapha Nocturne London will take place on the spectacular circuit in the heart of the City. 


The finish straight will be located along Cheapside with St Pauls Cathedral as the back drop. At 1.3km the course is almost 250m longer than Smithfield and the finish straight is over double the length - however, it is not totally suited to the fast finishers with a technical section on the back straight.

The good news for spectators is that it will be much easier to access and move around the course. St Pauls tube is located right on the finish line with exits on either side of the finish line. At the other end of the finish straight Bank station is only a few hundred metres away and major rail links (Cannon Street, City Thamslink, Blackfriars) are only a 5 minute walk away. 

There will be several expo areas including a special kids area (see below)... and plenty of bars and restaurants to keep the party going including One New Change located right on the finish line -



(All completely free to enter except hospitality)

Visit the Rapha Village and watch the racing trackside. An interactive light installation will light up the racing as the riders pass by the area. Enjoy the Rapha Clubhouse experience in our pop-up, watch Rapha films and buy the Rapha Nocturne collection. Get your new purchases customised with your name, pay a visit to our photobooth, race your friends and enemies at Rollapaluza, and grab an espresso from the Rapha H-Van.

It’s also the place to be fed and watered by the main Vedett bar, the Allpress Coffee Caravan, Stofano pizza sandwiches and steak sandwiches to keep you going all day, as well as seating to rest your feet when it all gets a bit much.

Big screens, live music, food and drinks – a great place to meet the racers in Guildhall’s stunning courtyard. l. Get into the party spirit with Rapha DJs pumping music all day, the Rapha Mobile Clubhouse will make its UK debut giving out coffee to fuel the races, and spectators can see the racers up close before and after their races. The Rapha Cycling Club will have a dedicated rider pit stop for all RCC racers on the day where you can leave your belongings safely, relax ahead of the race, and get into the zone.

The Rapha Cycling Club Corner is for the die-hard racing fans, with an atmosphere to put Dutch corner to shame. Even if you’re not a member, wear pink and black and head here for cowbells, horns, and the trickiest section of the course. The Vedett bar nearby will keep your thirst quenched. 

Keep the kids busy with a range of entertainment and activities in the family area including a mini pump track. British Cycling are offering cycle proficiency training for kids from 4pm, and there will also be HGV safety awareness exercises. 

Be at the heart of the racing with a direct view of the finish line and live commentary piped through. Free food and drink all day, a goodie bag and VIP guests to rub elbows with.

The Soho and Spitalfields Clubhouses will have shuttle rides leading people to the Rapha Nocturne regularly through the day, plus talks and activities.

Capture the spirit of the Rapha Nocturne with Leica’s photography competition. Post photos which embody the theme of ‘Ride All Day’ or ‘Race All Night’ on Instagram or Twitter with the hashtag #RaphaNocturne and #LeicaRide or #LeicaRace. Winners will be chosen by Leica and exhibited in their store gallery.