The Brompton World Championship

The 3rd Annual Brompton World Championship (BWC) will be held on Sunday, September 28th at Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire, as part of the Bike Blenheim Palace event. The BWC is a tongue-in-cheek event open to all Brompton owners. The competition can be fierce, but just as important is dressing in the proper attire:

Rules for the event are not overly onerous, but poor dress sense will not be tolerated: a suit jacket, collared shirt and tie are de rigueur for participants; sports attire is not permitted, and Lycra shorts/leggings are specifically named, shamed and excluded. Competitors will be expected to demonstrate their folding skills in a Le Mans style start.

Something about ladies and gents in tweed suits racing a criterium on their folding bikes just makes me smile. It looks like a fun event.

2 Responses to “The Brompton World Championship”

  • John P. says:

    I received my official invite last Thursday (17th July) and I’d love to take my little twelve speed, Schlumpf-powered Brompton down to Blenheim Palace but I just can’t make the dress code. :-) I could probably travel the seven hundred miles or so down to Blenheim Palace but I’d be rejected as a ‘scruff.’

  • Alexander López says:

    I saw a short video of last year’s Brompton championship somewhere in the ‘net and it was a blast. Riders have to fold/unfold their bikes, and not only run the but also have to walk a segment of the course carrying their cycles, all while dressing just like any other office worker. Very funny!

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