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Ludgate Finance Announced as Women’s Race Sponsor for Iconic Cycle Race in Shropshire

2O4A9822 smallLudgate Finance have been announced as the women’s headline sponsors for this summer’s Newport Nocturne cycle race. 

Ludgate Finance, a leading advisor in the non-bank finance sector with top-level access to over 30+ peer-to-peer and direct lending platforms, unveiled their sponsorship of the women’s Nocturne event. Ludgate’s previous title sponsorship of the Nocturne’s sister event The Queen Victoria Cyclocross inspired their decision to sponsor the event in 2018. 

The Newport Nocturne which will take place on Saturday 18 August, is the UK’s original floodlit cycle race attracting 120 Pro Cyclists and thousands of families, sports fans and cycle enthusiasts from across the UK for this spectacular event and its festival atmosphere.  Taking place in the historic town of Newport with its cobbled course, Telford and Shropshire are celebrated for sport and a one of the most popular cycle holiday destinations in the UK. 

Steve Grice, co-Director of Ludgate Finance, explained how thrilled they were to be sponsors of the Newport Nocturne Women’s race, “Having a long association with the Queen Victoria Cyclocross race, Ludgate is delighted that the Nocturne is returning this year and we are proud sponsors of the Women’s Nocturne race”. 

Ludgate Finance join Schwalbe Tyres UK, Europe’s biggest cycle accessory brand. who are sponsoring the Men’s race, as well as Newport Town Council, plus support from Telford & Wrekin Council’s tourism initiative - Discover Telford Visit Shropshire.

The Newport Nocturne event combines the best of pro cycle racing, live music, street entertainment and a truly unique and outstanding cycle destination, Telford and Shropshire giving visitors the opportunity to enjoy a weekend of cycling. 

Some of the biggest pro cyclists will feature at the 2018 race including Nicola Juniper, three times Elite National Road Race Series winner and 2017 National Team Pursuit Champion Jacob Tipper.  Jacob spoke to cycle press recently to share his excitement in entering the Newport Nocturne in 2018 saying “The Nocturne is a unique stand-alone race, unlike anything else on the calendar. For me, it epitomises what a circuit race should be like.”

Combining the best of pro cycle racing, live music, street entertainment, alongside market town shopping and dining, national visitors, cycle and sport enthusiasts and local residents are now gearing up to celebrate the return of this iconic event.

For those wishing to book their weekend in Shropshire and attend the event, visit

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