This year, Rapha Nocturne didn’t limit themselves to London but another event was held in Copenhagen last weekend. Having learned from London the organisation of the fixed gear crit, which is only part of the overarching event, was better organised with a decent riders area and more time for the race. A narrow, technical course mainly consisting out of cobble stones around the Kødbyen area in Vesterbro was the location for the first edition of Rapha Nocturne Copenhagen which was won by David van Eerd in the men’s and Jasmine Dotti in the women’s category.
Text & photography: Silvia Galliani
A lot of teams from the international fixed gear scene were present including IRD Carrera Squadra Corse, 8bar Team, The 5th Floor, State Bicycle Co., Suicycle Track Team, Maloja Pushbikers, Team Wit, Team Cinelli-Chrome and many more.
At 7.10 pm the women’s race started. From the very beginning the cobble stones made the race difficult. With half of the circuit in cobblestones half of the field, only 6 women out of 14, would cross the finish line. Jasmine Dotti controlled the race from start to finish making her the first winner of Rapha Nocturne Copenhagen. Sami Sauri came in second position (Legor Enve Unicorn) followed by Eeva Sarlin (Velociposse).
The men’s race started at 8 pm and had more than 30 riders fighting for the podium. Andrea Vassallo from IRD tried to break away from the back in the first lap but he was neutralised by the peloton quickly. Before half of the race the pace started to increase. David Van Eerd from 8bar attacked on the start/finish line it was Timon Seubert of Suicycle Track Team and Andrea Vassallo who jumped with him. Andrea couldn’t keep up with the pace of David and Timon who worked together very well. In the last lap it was David who launched his attack creating a small gap on Timon which proved to be enough to be the first men’s winner of the Rapha Nocturne Copenhagen. Timon Seubert had to settle for 2nd place while Tim Ceresa complemented the podium by being the fastest of the pack.
“I was pretty scared when I saw the course on streetview, but the course was fixed up nicely and was fun to ride in dry circumstances. The event itself was much better than the one in London, a proper rider area and they made a grid this time. After a couple of laps we got away and Timon and I worked well together. The course was perfect for a duo break-away as we could take turns each lap. In the last lap I attacked just before the technical part and I could keep my small gap by taking the corners a bit faster than Timon.”
Women’s Top 5
1. Jasmin Dotti – IRD Carrera Squadra Corse
2. Sami Sauri – Legor Enve Unicorn
3. Eeva Sarlin – Velociposse
4. Virginia Cancellieri – IRD Carrera Squadra Corse
5. Sophie Edmondson
Men’s Top 5
1. David Van Eerd – 8bar Team
2. Timon Seubert – Suicycle Track Team
3. Tim Teresa – 8bar Team
4. Daniele Callegarin – IRD Carrera Squadra Corse
5. Stefan Schott – 8bar Team