Brompton World Championship

Brompton World Championship

Prudential RideLondon will once again be hosting the Brompton World Championship Final race for the third year. The race will take place on Saturday 29 July.

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 will be fierce, with only 550 available via a ballot.

Ballot registration is now closed.

The 2016 Race

The 2016 final was the best yet with riders from 34 countries travelling to London to participate. It was a star-studded line up including retired British Cyclists David Millar and Michael Hutchinson, Paralympic cyclist Tom Staniford as well as a team of BBC journalists! There were also  the national champions from 12 BWC Final qualifying events.

Two-time Brompton World Champion Mark Emsley stormed to a third victory in 00:25:54 while the women’s reigning champ Isabel Hastie also defended her title in an exciting photo finish with a time of 00:28:09.

You can see how last year’s race unfolded below:

Brompton Bicycle

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.