Brompton World Championship
Prudential RideLondon hosted the Brompton World Championship Final race for the fourth year on Saturday 28 July 2018.
The famous eight lap circuit around St James’ Park starts on The Mall and takes in Buckingham Palace. The race starts with a Le Mans-style dash, with entrants frantically unfolding their Bromptons before taking on the 16km circuit. The first rider to cross the Finish Line ends the race and takes home a BWC special edition bike.
The compact size of a Brompton makes it easy to fit into daily life, and this is reflected in the dress code chosen for the race which has a strict no Lycra rule and fancy dress is encouraged.
The Brompton World Championship Final is limited to 550 riders, who are chosen by a random draw.
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.