Brompton World Championships: Open for Entries (Video)
Annual Folding Bike Race Ready for Entrants
OK - I apologize for reusing the video from the 2007 event in Spain, but the 2008 Brompton World Championships seem to have been so much fun that nobody had the time to take a decent video. Nevertheless, the annual celebration of all things Brompton is back, and it's being held again at the Bike Blenheim Palace event on the 4th of October. (In case you are wondering, I suspect that this electric assist kit for the folding bike is probably not permitted). People had so much fun last year that the field has been extended to 600 riders on a first come, first serve basis. But be warned - there is a pretty strict (and unconventional!) dress code that must be adhered to. The official press release for the fourth Brompton World Championship asks competitors to dress appropriately for an event being held at a World Heritage site of this distinction:
Rules for the event are pretty straightforward; helmets are a must, as are a blazer or suit jacket, collared shirt and tie. Sports attire is not permitted, unless it is hidden by the approved kit! There is a prize for the best-dressed, so competitors are encouraged to make an effort. Katharine Horsman, BWC organiser, commented: "There were some extremely good costumes last year: Evil Kineval, a few morning suits, and some beautifully decorated bicycles; but my personal favourite was the gentleman dressed as a gorilla wearing a suit!"
The course will be the same as last year - 2 laps of a 6.5km circuit - and it will take in many of the most gorgeous sites of Blenheim Park. While some competitors will no doubt be "in it to win it", those seeking fun and exercise are also encouraged to take part. Just make sure you practice your unfolding technique so you can get off to a good start.