On Saturday February 10th cycle clothing designers Rapha present a night of old school roller racing at Shoreditch Town Hall to raise money for Leukaemia research charity Leuka.
Roller racing was popular in the 1950s, with nights frequently held in ballrooms and theatres. Two or four racers on bicycles fixed to rollers would ride against each other for 500 metres, their progress displayed on a large clock.
This race will have a contemporary twist as the ‘clash of cultures’ is introduced: Bankers versus Messengers versus Media Types versus Gym Boys.
As well as the official race, there’ll be a ‘have a go’ race – your chance to test your skills on the rollers, with the best times going through to a final on the main stage. There’ll also be DJs, a bar and lots of prizes to be won, including Rapha merchandise.
The event will run from 8pm to midnight in the Ballroom at Shoreditch Town Hall, 380 Old Street. Entry is £5, payable on the door, and all proceeds will go to Leuka.