Stop Press: A Willesden Weekend to remember!

Tom Zittel Nocturne Retro Crit Podium

Wow, wow, wow!! What a great weekend it was.

Tom Zittel won the Brooks  Retro Criterium before a huge, noisy and excited crowd at Saturday night’s Smithfield Nocturne. Tom was riding a treasured early 1960s Claud Butler Super Torino, which was just about old enough to be his granddaddy! He narrowly missed a spill in the closing stages of the race but won by a vast distance over the second placed rider. The victor’s spoils were a bottle of bubbly a rather natty Brooks back pack. Tom filmed the entire race, which you can watch here.

Picture by Huw Williams

Picture by Huw Williams

Jayne Paine also rode in the the Nocturne, taking part in the penultimate race of the night, the Elite Women’s Criterium. It was a very high paced race and Jayne pulled out to save herself for Sunday’s National Masters Road Race Championships in Bedfordshire, which was due to start in less than 12 hours time!  This proved to be an excellent strategy as Jayne picked up a silver medal, just missing out on gold by the shortest of margins. Jayne described the race as “Brutal….. it was just brutal!!”.


The whole weekend was rounded off by a big gathering of the Willesden in Willesden for a screening of the film “Pantani: The Accidental Death of a Cyclist” at the super little Lexi cinema in Kensal Rise.

This is just a stop press to pass on the good news and to congratulate Tom and Jayne on they fantastic achievements. More detailed reports to follow.



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3 Responses to Stop Press: A Willesden Weekend to remember!

  1. edward says:

    super stuff, love the retro Willesden jersey too

  2. Justin says:

    Well done Tom & Jayne on their superb results! I missed the nocturn this year – where was it advertised? A couple of years ago I saw a Brompton bike race with the riders dressed up in 3 piece suits & bowler hats! Its a brilliant night of racing. xx

    • Miles Back says:

      Hello Justin,
      It was on the usual “So-shall media” sites, though it was not on the WCC blog. A lesson for next year perhaps.

      Sorry you missed it, it was a great night. How about coming to the Willesden fun day instead???

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