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Sea Otter Classic
Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, USA
The Brompton World Championship USA was held on Friday, April 15th, as part of the Sea Otter Classic. The Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, California was the venue for this year's race, and what a race it was. The team was worried that the UCI Road World Championship circuit would be hard to beat but the twists and turns of the Laguna Seca circuit kept everyone on their toes.
Brompton owners from all corners of the country came together in Monterey to compete in the United States leg of the Brompton World Championship series, during the Sea Otter Classic, powered by SRAM. The Sea Otter Classic is one of the biggest consumer cycling events in the world, welcoming over 70,000 attendees through its gates, it was a real pleasure to bring the BWC series to such a platform.
As always, the Brompton World Championship USA began with a "Le Mans" style start, with each competitor racing to his or her folded bike before unfolding and taking off around the world-renowned raceway. The Laguna Seca raceway is renowned for speed and our contestants did not disappoint, Peter Yukauskas of Bikes & Life took a convincing win with a time of 31 minutes and 16 seconds, and that included folding up his bike before he crossed the finish line! Karen Loutzenheiser took the women's first place position with a time of 37 minutes and 19 seconds, both will be flown to the UK to participate in the BWC Final this summer.
The team event, as sponsored by Brooks, was also hotly contested with team #BromptonNYC taking the top place and swiping the much coveted set of Brooks bags. The full set of times and positions is available to download and the album of photos from the event can be viewed on Facebook.
The Brompton World Championship was first held in Barcelona in 2006. More than a decade later, the BWC series is held in countries around the world, including Mexico, South Korea, Hungary, Japan, and Germany.