The 2017 Brompton World Championship USA will be held in New York City on Sunday June 18th, as part of the Harlem Skyscraper Cycling Classic.
“Bringing the BWC to Harlem felt like a perfect fit. Brompton was designed as an urban bike, letting riders better explore and conquer their cities, and where is more urban than New York City,” said Katharine Horsman, General Manager, Brompton Bicycle North America. “The heritage and community focus of the Harlem Skyscraper Cycling Classic also dovetails with our company ethos. The Harlem Skyscraper Cycling Classic predates Brompton’s founding by just a couple of years, and both brands could be described as one of a kind. I can’t wait to see the reaction from the crowd to the Bromptons, British style and bombastic racing.”
The Harlem Skyscraper Cycling Classic was created in 1973 and designed as a community event focused on bicycle racing and safety programs for youth. Each year the race draws 400+ United States Cycling Federation licensed cyclists from around the world, as well as thousands of spectators to Marcus Garvey Park, the site of the race since its inception. National, international and Olympic champions have raced the Skyscraper Classic, most notably Nelson Beasley Vails, a road and track cyclist from Harlem, who rode professionally from 1988 to 1995. Vails represented the USA in the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, where he took the silver medal in the 1000-meter Match Sprint. Vails was the first African-American cyclist to win an Olympic medal, was inducted to the US Bicycle Hall of Fame in 2009 and is an official spokesperson for the event.
“The Harlem Skyscraper Cycling Classic is focused on re-establishing the race’s community origins here in Harlem. So what better then than to have a race focused on the most urban of bikes,” said Richard Cox, UNITY Sports Productions’ director and organizer of the Harlem Skyscraper Cycling Classic. “We also want to make sure that the event is a spectacle to watch even for non-cyclists. With hundreds of competitors set to showcase not only their racing prowess, but also their sartorial style, I believe that the Brompton World Championship will be a very welcome addition to the day’s program.”
HSCC sponsors include Harlem Tourism Board, Harlem Community Development Corporation, My Feet Travel, Hoodwinked Escape, Foxworth Realty, Marcus Garvey Park Alliance, and NYPD 25th Precinct Community Affairs.
As always, the Brompton World Championship USA will begin with a "Le Mans" style start, with each competitor racing to his or her folded bike before unfolding and taking off on the course, which consists of ten laps around NYC's Marcus Garvey Park. Brompton owners from all corners of the country are invited to compete in the United States leg of the Brompton World Championship series.
Participants can register to enter the event below; sign-ups are also available during the Harlem Skyscraper Cycling Classic. Entry costs $50 and there is up to $3,000 available in prizes for race categories include fastest male, fastest female, fastest veteran, fastest team and best dressed. As well as cash prizes, the fastest male and female will be flown to London to race in the 2017 Brompton World Championship Final on July 29th.
Check out our video of the 2016 race at the Sea Otter Classic below: