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It will come as no surprise to some of you to learn that I am not the most athletic person. My current exercise routine involves cardio (running for the Tube) and strength training ( see my earlier post about the biceps needed to be a stylist!). While participating in sports may not be my thing, there is something about watching live sports (especially races!) that really gets me going! 

I can think of time spent with friends betting on horse races from grandstand seats, Or cheering for our respective countries while watching the 100m dash at the Olympics.

Cycling races are one area, I am relatively unfamiliar with. Which is why when the invite to the Mr. Porter sponsored Nocturne race arrived I jumped at the chance! 

This Saturday June 4th, the London Nocturne Cycling Race hits the streets. This year is particularly special as the capital’s cycling event will be celebrating its 10th anniversary. The event will run from 4-10pm and tickets can be purchased by clicking this link

 Images via Mr. Porter  Photography by Mr Ben Harries

Images via Mr. Porter Photography by Mr Ben Harries

Already got your ticket and not sure what to wear? Check out Mr. Porter's summer shop here.

I've been scanning the Summer Pages for inspiration for a few days now. I started this post with the idea of doing a "What to wear" guide, but the truth is ... I haven't a clue. A Saturday afternoon spent cheering from the sidelines usually calls for relaxed off-duty gear but somehow with Mr. Porter involved I feel the sartorial bar has been raised. 

 The Piccadilly Bag by Brooks England

The Piccadilly Bag by Brooks England

The closest I've ever gotten to cycling gear is a few Olympic-inspired athleisure shirts which I wear with jeans in the summer, their mesh inserts perfect for keeping cool with a futuristic edge. The one cycling lifestyle accessory I can get behind is the bags from Brooks England.  With almost 150 years of expertise this heritage brand creates expertly crafted bags (all named after London boroughs) which look just as good on two feet as they do on two wheels. My faves being the Piccadilly and Dalston. You can check out the bags here 


Childhood days spent cruising around the neighbourhood on my own bike are long gone, but with the recent roll-out of London's dedicated cycle superhighways, Boris bikes (aptly named after our former mayor), and a  recent report from Transport For London which hypothesizes the number of bikes entering London during rush hour will soon exceed the number of cars - it seems the time has come to get on board with two wheels! 

 

 Images via Mr. Porter  Photography by Mr Ben Harries

Images via Mr. Porter Photography by Mr Ben Harries

 

Hope to see y'all at the races this Saturday!