Wednesday, June 13, 2012


One of the things that had attracted me to the Brompton culture are the quirkiness of their owners and, to a greater extent, Brompton's willingness to encourage and embrace this culture.  A major event that showcases the Brompton company's love for their customers is their sponsorship of The Brompton World Championships.

This is not your typical bike race... here are some of the unique rules:

  • A tie, collared shirt and jacket (like one from a suit, not an athletic or cycling jacket) shall be worn.
  • No visible lycra is allowed.  If you wear some underneath, that's your business.
  • There is a Le Mans style start, where your folded bike is lined up in a row of 10 and you have to run to your bike and unfold it before going on your way.
  • Prizes are given to the Best Dressed male & female competitor.

In addition to the World Championships, there are national championships in Austria, the Czech Republic, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan & of course the United States of America.  When I had first heard about the US Championships a couple of months ago I was interested in checking it out and possibly participating this year.  However, I couldn't find any info for the event this year.   

That is until today, when I saw the results up on the Brompton website from the race this past weekend in Minneapolis.  Ugh!  I'm not too upset because I still don't have my bike yet, but I hope that there is going to be more than a couple of weeks notice next year.  Maybe since this was the first time that the US Championships was not in Philadelphia it caused some confusion or delay in getting the word out.  Oh well.  I am definitely hoping to go next year, and perhaps one day to London for the WBC!  I wonder if they'll let me get away with wearing a bolo tie.


  1. Ok, I've been to Blenheim and it was so quiet and fancy. Not so much with all the Bromptons there.

  2. Thanks George. It sure does look nice... I hope to get there one day with the Brommie!

  3. Hello Fernando,

    I will be present with some friends at the Brompton World Championship 2013, as the last year I read that you whish to be there next year,.

    On this picture, during the "Marathon", last BWC, on a the red/orange Brompton. Do you recognized it the model ?

    Some first reports on my BWC 2012:

    Olivier, from Belgium
    Abeillaud []

  4. Right, you read my shared posts.

    Riddle : are you able to recognize the generation, the approximative year of building and the model with accurate explanations ?

    Clue 1:

    Clue 2:

    Clue 3:


    1. I don't think I can. I could only tell it was a Mark 1 because of the handlebars. Sweet ride!

  5. The answer will be given here:


    Olivier. Perhaps at the BWC 2013.

  6. Greetings--there is a big Brompton Weekend coming to Philadelphia at the end of May. On May 31st, the Brompton Urban Challenge will makes its US Debut. Ride your Brompton around our historic streets, meet challenges, and finish up at one of the city's finest pubs. Next day, take part in the Brommie Yummie, a great restaurant ride.-fold-eat-ride experience. Full details here: