Newport gets nocturnal

Newport is gearing up for the return of a thrilling cycle event this summer. Over 100 pro cyclists will descend on the historic Shropshire town on Saturday 18 August for the Newport Nocturne, the country’s original floodlit cycle race.

Spectators will see cyclists race across the atmospheric cobbled streets of Newport through the evening, and the market town will also be the setting for live music, street entertainment, and new features yet to be announced. The event, which was established in 1989, returns thanks to support from Newport Town Council and Telford & Wrekin Council’s tourism initiative, Discover Telford Visit Shropshire.

The Newport Nocturne is the first night-time cycle race in the UK. The event attracts as many as 10,000 visitors, with spectators lining the streets to watch the best of the amateur scene and some of the UK’s top pros compete. Visit cyclotours.co.uk/qvcx/nocturne/ for details.

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