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.