Brompton fold-up bicycle race forms part of cycling festival
This weekend, the Goodwood Motor Circuit will host a rather quieter event to the ones we’re used to. The ninth annual Brompton World Championship will take place, which will welcome riders old and new for this most English of races.
The main event – a Le Mans style dash to unfold bikes before riding off is followed by a four-lap race around the Goodwood track on Brompton bicycles, spurred on by the crowd’s roar – is hugely popular. No Lycra is allowed and a jacket and tie is compulsory, and there’s a prize for best dressed so expect some dapper riders! It starts at 3pm on Sunday, but the entire festival will be at the circuit all weekend.
The weekend’s treble of events will consist of the Brompton World Championship, the fast paced Brompton Sprint and a non-competitive Brompton Meander.
The Meander is an adaptation of the previous Marathon event and will take Bromptoneers on a tour through the picturesque countryside of West Sussex, with visits to local producers along the way. Those hardy enough to compete in all three Brompton events will be going head to head for the title of Treble Champion.
Will Butler-Adams, Managing Director of Brompton Bicycle, says of the Championship:
“This event is of paramount importance to us at Brompton, it is our biggest opportunity to give something back to the Brompton community and meet the people from all over the world who ride our bikes. Racing on a new track last year was exhilarating, and I think I speak for a lot of Brompton owners when I say I’m looking forward to beating my time this year!”
As well as attracting participants from around the UK, the Brompton World Championship has a strong international reputation and there will be a record 16 satellite events taking place all over the world this year. From Mexico to Japan, Germany to Australia, the winners from each National Championship will travel to the UK to compete for the title of World Champion at Goodwood.
Brompton are also delighted to announce that the BWC will take place as first of the first ever Brompton Cycling festival; a glorious day out featuring a wide variety of rides, race and activities for the whole family.
If you fancy seeing Goodwood in a completely different light to, say, Revival, get along this weekend for some pedal-powered entertainment.