Folding Bike World Championship Comes to the UK
There’s no doubt about it, the Brompton folding bike is a fantastic machine – I used to own one when I lived in the UK and dearly miss it at times. But however convenient this granddaddy of folding bikes is, I’m not sure it's what most folks would think of as a racing bike. Unless, of course, there were a category of racing specifically for the Brompton… Well it turns out there is. The video above shows footage from the 2007 World Championships, and eager riders are gearing up as we speak for the 3rd annual Brompton World Championships on Sunday 28th of September, to be held at at Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire, UK. Up to 500 riders will compete over a set course and prizes being offered for the fastest competitors in the following categories: Men, Women, Junior (under 17), Veteran (60 plus) and Team, as well as Best-Dressed (it is a Brompton race afterall…). We are presuming that electric-assist Brompton’s are not qualified for the race.
The Brompton World Championships are part of the Bike Blenheim Palace event, which will also feature time trialing, vintage bikes, unicycling, bike polo, a mountain bike stunt team, and cycle skills for children. The day also marks the first time that the park has been open to bike access, and visitors will be able to explore 3 planned routes of varying distances that showcase this world heritage site.