Brompton World Championship
Prudential RideLondon hosted the Brompton World Championship Final race for the third year on Saturday 29 July 2017.
The iconic race course covers eight laps around St James’ Park, past Buckingham Palace and down The Mall. Competitors start the race with a Le Mans-style dash, unfolding their bikes before taking on the 16km circuit. The fastest person to complete the race then ends the race.
The dress code is city-chic with lycra sportswear most definitely not permitted.
The opportunity to race in this iconic setting means competition for places is fierce, with only 550 available via a ballot.
The 2017 Race
The 2017 final featured a star-studded line up including retired British Cyclist David Millar and TV presenter Ben Fogle. There were also the national champions from BWC Final qualifying events.
Catalan cyclist Unai Alvarez Mosquera claimed the victory in a thrilling sprint finish, while the women’s crown was claimed by Elspeth Huyett as two new Brompton World Champions were crowned.
The unique Brompton folding bike was designed and built in London in 1975 by Andrew Ritchie in his flat in South Kensington, opposite the Brompton Oratory. Still made in London today, Brompton is now the UK’s largest bike manufacturer. Each bike is handmade by highly skilled craftsmen and can be customised to an ever-growing range of combinations (see Brompton bike builder).
Brompton now has twelve flagship retail stores in cities around the world, including a London store in Covent Garden.
To enable even more people to enjoy freedom and independence, Brompton has also opened a bike hire scheme in the UK. Find out more here.