The Brompton World Championship (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.
This year’s event, held on September 28th, was won by Alastair Kay of Great Britain. He snatched victory from three-time Tour of Spain winner Roberto Heras who was recruited by Spain in a bid to maintain their dominance of the event. I’m hoping the participation of a rider of his caliber doesn’t change the nature of the BWC from one of fun and camaraderie to something more serious.
As in years past, prizes were awarded to the fastest competitors in various categories as well as the all-important Best Dressed category.