Now in its 8th year, the Brompton World Championship is fast becoming an institution; the location may have changed but the strict dress code remains. In previous years competition just to participate has been fierce, so the field has been expanded to include as many enthusiasts as possible; the new venue has made this possible and the 2013 event will be bigger than ever, with 1,000 participants invited to compete.
- Date: Sunday 28th July
- Format: one race; start organised in waves
- Distance: 15.2km/9.6miles (4 laps)
- Participants: 1000
- Open to all as a single event or as part of the Brompton Treble
How it works…
Always a show-stopper, the race gets underway with a massed Le Mans style start, the pack racing to their folded bikes, unfolding them and speeding off. Jacket and tie are compulsory and there is strictly no Lycra allowed; those looking particularly dapper will be in with a chance for the Best Dressed prize.
Four laps of the course mean that just over 15km must be completed on the fast-paced circuit; no mean feat. Part of the Brompton Treble, the hardiest of souls may wish to also tackle the Brompton Sprint and Brompton Eliminator.