The largest cycling event at the Herne Hill Velodrome since the 1948 Olympics is to be held later this year.

In June, the P&P World Cycling Revival will take place between June 14 and 16 at the velodrome.

The event will be a high-end heritage sporting, music and lifestyle festival celebrating 200 years of the bicycle. Organisers say the event will be brought to life by a programme of racing across all three days. Combining much-loved events with lesser-known, but equally as exciting spectacles, wheel-to-wheel action is guaranteed throughout.

The Japanese Keirin Trophy, run in association with London-based Condor Cycles, is the centrepiece of the race programme.

Incredibly popular in Japan, the daily five-race competition will show off track cycling at its best: fast-paced, breathtaking and unpredictable. In a nod to its Japanese traditions, World Cycling Revival patrons will be able to participate in pool betting on each of the races, thanks to bookmaker Fitzdares.

To give the racing a unique London feel, Condor Cycles is building authentic steel-framed replica bikes similar to those used by British cycling legends Tom Simpson, Dave Bonner and Hugh Porter at Herne Hill Velodrome in the 1950s and 1960s.

These specifically designed bikes are being built using authentic Japanese components and, to make the racing more about each rider’s track skills and strength, all competitors will compete on these replica models.

7 September 1963 – Cycling – Herne Hill, Antique Bike Racing
Racers ride penny-farthings around the track
Photo: Gerry Cranham

Former World and British champion David Millar will be among those riders competing in the Brompton ‘48 Invitational, which commemorates Herne Hill’s involvement in the 1948 London Olympics, the first post-War Games.

This is a winner-takes-all event, with the victor claiming a £10,048 prize fund. Beginning with a Le Mans-style start, these elimination races will feature the best Brompton racers, as well as wildcards and VIPs.

Tickets for The P&P World Cycling Revival are on sale now and available from www.cyclingrevival.com


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