Brompton World Championships 2019
The Prudential Ride London is the biggest cycling festival in the UK and is home to the Brompton World Championships. It’s Classique/Classic women’s and men’s events boast the highest cash prize pool for any one day cycling events, with the total prize money being equal between the genders too. There are other events open to us more casual cyclists, with a chance to ride on closed roads for 100 and 46 miles.
The big event showcasing the British tendency for the wacky is the one we've already mention - the Brompton World Championships. There are three key rules for racing (once you have a ticket): you need a Brompton (obviously), a helmet and to adhere to the strict dress code: “[riders must wear] a costume that consists of a sleeved suit jacket, collared shirt and neck tie”.
Racing takes place on a closed course on the Mall, outside Buckingham Palace. The race has a Le Mans style start except instead of starting your engine, you need to unfold your bike. There’s a total of eight laps to complete and it all ends in a sprint finish.
We got into the Hospitality Area where riders can relax and get themselves ready for the race. Between pinning numbers onto jackets, eating a pre race pizza and gazing at some beautiful Bromptons, we grabbed some photos of all that was going down.
A full range of attire was on display, from classic to colourful and the blinged out
Bromptons everywhere you looked, sitting as neatly as they do
Brompton World Championship... Track stand competition? The standard was varied with some being told to stop (after 230 seconds) and others just there to enjoy the challenge
It is a race after all, for some this meant going in cold wasn't an option
Fluo colours and deep section wheels
One of these was custom painted from the Brompton Factory and the other was rented just for the event
A monster chainring and a Brompton Game bag - inside it is the race outfit
Go-faster lightning stripes and short-sleeve pink jacket
This was one seriously special bike. The frame was copper plated and every last part had been changed and colour matched, even down to the chainring bolts.
Were proud to work with Brompton, with events like their World Championship showing the depth and variety of people who enjoy riding thier folding bicycles. Whilst we don't have any clothing quite as stunning as those on display here, we do have an range of Brompton bags available.
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