Condor Cycles has unveiled special edition frames, the Classico, designed for the P&P World Cycling Revival. The limited edition bike has been handmade in Italy especially for the Japanese Keirin Trophy, the centrepiece of the race programme at the World Cycling Revival festival which takes place between 14th-16th June 2018 at Herne Hill Velodrome in London.
Popular in Japan, the daily five-race competition will show off track cycling at its best: ‘fast-paced, breathtaking and unpredictable’.
Condor used its Classico model as the initial blueprint for the design taking styling cues from the 50s and 60s bikes used by Condor racers, Dave Bonner and Hugh Porter at Herne Hill Velodrome. These specifically designed bikes have been built using keirin-style components and, to make the racing more about each rider’s track skills and strength, all competitors will compete on these replica models. Only 15 bikes have been created. To get a sneak preview of the bikes, they will be on display at the UK’s handmade bicycle show, Bespoked (20-22 April) in Bristol.
The handmade bikes have a triple butted lugged steel frame, made with the latest modern steel in the 1950s style. The rear section is chrome plated and etched on the fork with ‘Since 1948’ – the year Condor was formed and also the year of the London Olympics at Herne Hill.
Grant Young of Condor Cycles said “This year marks our seventieth anniversary building bespoke bicycles. In 1948 the majority of race bikes were custom built, but increasingly, in today’s marketplace this is a rarity. That is why we are so excited to partner with The World Cycling Revival and produce the Classico for the event.”
The bicycles will be at the centre of the racing program in the Keirin Trophy, which will see five races a day in a field of professional riders including current and former Keirin World Champions. Confirmed riders include six-time World Champion, Francois ’The French Samurai’ Pervis and the ‘Pocket Rocketman’ 2017 World Champion, Azizul Awang. They will be joined by an international field littered with riders including Jon Mould, Germain Burton, Josh Hartmann and Ed Clancy.
For the daily Keirin races, and in a nod to the Japanese traditions, World Cycling Revival patrons will be able to participate in pool betting on each of the events, thanks to premium bookmaker Fitzdares.
Tickets for The P&P World Cycling Revival are on sale now and available from www.cyclingrevival.com. Prices start from £39 per day.