Brompton Bicycle out of the UK has teamed up with the Sea Otter Classic to host the seventh annual U.S. edition of the Brompton World Championships. The event will take place April 15 in Monterey, California, and registration is now open to the general public.
The race utilizes a Le Mans-style start—unfolding the bike at speed is a fundamental element of success—before racing through the course, all while dressed to impress. Sportswear most definitely is not permitted, with participants requested to instead don suit jackets, collared shirts and neck ties to impress the judges.
Several categories of winners will be awarded upon completion of the Monterey event, including Fastest Male, Fastest Female, Fastest Veteran, Fastest Team, and, in keeping with the spirit of the race, Best Dressed. Winners (fastest male and fastest female) from the U.S. event will be flown to London to race the 2016 Brompton World Championship Final.
The 11th annual Brompton World Championship Final has qualifying events in 12 countries, with the 2016 series final to be held in London, home of the Brompton bike. See our story about last year’s U.S. event, which took place in Richmond, Virginia, along the course of the UCI Road World Championship race.Tweet Print
Get your suit jacket and tie ready, the Brompton World Championship USA is coming to the UCI road world championship September 25, 2015. Hosted by Brompton, the iconic folding bike manufacturer from London, the Brompton World Championship series is part sporting-event, part sartorial spectacle. Contestants wear suit jackets along with shirts and ties and run, Le Mans style, to their folded Bromptons. The fastest man and woman to unfold their bicycle and race the one-lap, ten-mile circuit of the UCI “Worlds” course will take winners titles and will be sent to the Brompton World Championship final in London, next year.
Rules for the Brompton World Championship USA are simple. Contestants dress in suit jackets and ties and all Lycra must be hidden. They then run Le Mans style to their folded Brompton bikes and unfold them before speeding off round one lap of the UCI Road World Championships course in Richmond, Virginia. The race starts 6.45 p.m., Friday September 25 and is expected to last one hour with the first entrants completing a circuit in as little as 25 minutes.Tweet Print