17 August 2012
IG London Nocturne Elite Racing, Sponsored by Saint-Gobain, Lights Up the Heart of the City
On the 9th June 2012 some of the cycling world’s top stars lit up the heart of the British capital, competing in the IG London Nocturne night-time race. Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics, the manufacturer of high-performance composite bearings, had the honour of sponsoring the race this year. Saint-Gobain has put together a video to showcase the superb cycling talent on display that evening.
View video footage of race at YouTube.
Ian Stannard (Team Sky) snatched first place, followed closely by Kristian House (Rapha Condor Sharp) and Niklas Gustavsson (Team UK Youth) in third. Speaking afterwards, Ian said, “The Saint-Gobain Elite Criterium is an exciting race, drawing big names from around the globe and a phenomenal audience and I am proud to say I won this year”.
The IG London Nocturne has been held in Smithfield Market, London, since 2007. Professional teams competed over the floodlit short course to be crowned the world’s fastest street racer. The event was both a fun family evening out and a chance to see some high-octane cycling from international stars taking part in the Saint-Gobain Elite Criterium, including Matt Goss and Brett Lancaster.
Saint-Gobain supports bike racing not just through sponsorship of events like the IG London Nocturne, but also through dedication to the innovation of the small parts it supplies to bike manufacturers. The controlled friction abilities of its lightweight NORGLIDE® composite bearings ensures a smooth, comfortable ride and could mean the difference between first and second place.
About Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics Bearings and Tolerance Rings SBU
Saint-Gobain is a global leader in the design, production and distribution of innovative, high performance materials for industry and employs around 195,000 people. With operations in over 64 countries, Saint-Gobain is the 60th largest employer and among the top 100 global industrial companies worldwide. Last year, Saint-Gobain achieved global sales of over €42 billion. Saint-Gobain is listed on the stock exchanges of Paris, London, Frankfurt, Zurich, Brussels and Amsterdam. Saint-Gobain’s global strategy is focused around three core markets: Construction Products, Innovative Materials, and Building Distribution; and, the company is committed to play a leading role in developing energy efficient innovations for the housing and construction sectors, protecting the environment, and managing growth in a sustainable fashion.
With 15 sites and six R&D centres globally, the Bearings and Tolerance Rings Group, a division of Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics, provides ‘engineer-to-engineer solutions-in-motion’ to high volume international OEMs in the automotive, leisure, energy, industrial, and other markets. Backed by a heritage of product innovation, technology, advanced materials and market leadership, they are dedicated to working with customers using their extensive engineering expertise to deliver standard and custom solutions in NORGLIDE® bearings, RENCOL® tolerance rings, SOLGLIDE® bearings and JOINSHIM® rings that meet the most demanding applications.
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