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Posted on 25 July 2016
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Riders to Watch at the 11th Brompton World Championship Final


BWC David Millar

David Millar

Profession: Professional road cyclist (Retired)

The Scotsman rode with Cofidis (1997-2004) and Garmin-Sharp (2008-2014) during his 17-year professional career. He won four stages of the Tour de France, five of the Vuelta a Espana and one stage of the Giro d’Italia. He is the only British rider to have worn all Tour de France jerseys and one of six to have worn the yellow jersey. He was also the first (of two) British riders ever to have worn the leader’s jersey in all three Grand Tours. This is Millar’s second Brompton World Championship. 

BWC Ian Drake

Ian Drake

Profession: British Cycling CEO

In 2004 Ian took over as Participation and Operations Director at British Cycling leading their ambition to use medal success to inspire greater participation in the sport.

Ian was appointed Deputy Chief Executive in 2007, assuming responsibility for Governance and Participation, before replacing Peter King as Chief Executive in 2009 and overseeing unprecedented growth in membership.

Ian placed 32nd in last year’s Final and hopes to finish in the top 30 this year!

BWC Michael Hutchinson

Michael Hutchinson

Profession: Professional road cyclist (Retired)

Michael was brought up in Northern Ireland. He represented a number of professional teams and Great Britain & Northern Ireland at the Commonwealth Games. The time trial specialist has won a number of national championships and his book The Hour won him the 2007 Best New Writer in the British Sports Books Awards.

Michael won three consecutive Brompton World Championship Final titles from 2011-2013 and he’s hoping to regain his title after a tight finish in last year’s race. 

BWC WBA

Will Butler-Adams OBE

Profession: Brompton Bicycle CEO

Will Butler-Adams OBE joined Brompton Bicycle in 2002, became a Director in 2006 and took over as CEO in 2008. Over that period the company has grown from a £2million turnover with 27 staff to one of more than £30million turnover with 250 staff. He is a Commissioner at the UK Commission for Employment and Skills.

Will claimed a top 30 finish last year and will be hoping to break into the top 20 this time round. 

BWC Tom Staniford

Tom Stainiford

Profession: Great Britain Para-Cyclist

Tom Staniford works as a Freelance Digital Marketer and Consultant. He’s raced as a Road and Time Trial para-cyclist for GB in France, Spain and across the UK, and was the 2011 National Para-Cycling Circuit Race Champion.

He recently became a proud owner of a Brompton S6R in British Racing Green and this will be his first race on the bike!  

bbc media action team

BBC Media Action Team

Profession: Media/Charity

Fielding a team of familiar BBC 'faces' in the race this year is BBC Media Action, the BBC’s international development charity. Correspondents Mike Wooldridge, Stephen Sackur, Tulip Mazumdar and Laura Plitt are attempting the fastest fold and racing in true W1A style in support of the charity’s life-changing work around the world.

BBC Media Action uses media and communication to reduce poverty and help people to understand their rights in Africa, Asia and the Middle East – reaching more than 200 million people in 28 countries.

The charity is not funded by the license fee and instead relies on donations from international development agencies, NGOs, and individuals to continue its vital work. You can support the riders with an online donation or text BROM16 to 70070 and the amount up to £10 you want to donate. For example: "BROM16 £10"

‘The real W1A’

Stephen Sackur presents HARDTalk, the current affairs interview programme on the BBC News Channel, and is the main Friday presenter of GMT on BBC World News. He was a Foreign Correspondent for fifteen years. Renowned as a fierce and rigorous interviewer on HardTalk, away from the camera Stephen claims a gentler side:

“I’m a softie when the cameras are off! Most of all I love to be with my family, relaxing with a movie, going on a camping trip, or watching my beloved but terrible football team (Leeds United). If you have your health, if your family are happy, and you have a job that fulfills you, then you are truly blessed. I’ve lived long enough and travelled widely enough to know that love and friendship count for more than a mountain of money and material possessions.”

 

Stephen is looking forward to adding this latest sporting challenge to a list of regular pastimes that include tennis and marathon runs (he had completed the London marathon several times in recent years). Of how he will fare in the BWC challenge he says: “I’ll take my chances on the day!”

Tulip Mazumdar is the Global Health Correspondent for BBC News. She led the BBC's news coverage of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa last year, ensuring the human stories behind the epidemic were told. Tulip has also worked on Newsnight, Panorama and coverage for the Malala Yousafzai shooting in Pakistan. Tulip first became a well-known radio voice during her BBC time as a news presenter on Radio 1’s Newsbeat.  Tulip is part of a new generation of rising BBC correspondents and is looking forward to the Brompton World Championships. While trying to seem casual about the whole thing, she has secretly been in training (sort of):

 

“I just bought a bike recently... though the longest cycle I've done so far is about 10km!”

Mike Wooldridge OBE is a veteran BBC journalist, renowned as a BBC World Affairs Correspondent and is an ambassador for BBC Media Action. During his long-standing career at the BBC Mike has reported from four continents for just about every BBC News outlet there is. A keen cycling enthusiast and Brompton aficionado, Mike has form and has competed in the Brompton Championship before (racing at the Blenheim Palace event in 2011).

A top tip and one to watch Mike will bring his wisdom to the racing track. As the philosopher Lao-tzu says: “With one small step, the journey is begun. Don’t hurry into things and don’t jump ahead of yourself. There is only the moment where you are right now. The Sage gives all his attention to the present and has no difficulty. He is not distracted and his attention is total.”

Look out Johnny-come-latelys!

Laura Plitt has been a journalist for BBC Mundo, the BBC’s service for Spanish-speaking audiences in Latin America for more than 17 years. No stranger to exciting journeys, she once travelled from the Amazon rain forest to the Andes mountains to report on climate change. As a Brompton owner Laura cycles to BBC Broadcasting House in London every day but was recently forced to make alternative transport arrangements after she was knocked off her bike and suffered a broken shoulder. Now she’s back in the saddle and looking forward to the event, even if she’s not expecting to be a front-runner. “I’ve only been back cycling for about a month so this will be a challenge for me”, says Laura. “It’s my first ever race and I’ll be happy if I’m not last!”

And with such honesty, for those who like a flutter, you should get good odds on Laura.

Esquire Magazine Team

Profession: Media

Esquire magazine will be entering a team of 5 in this year’s Brompton World Championship Final. The magazine has staff from a variety of different departments, who will be hoping to claim the fastest team award. Team members include: Charlie Teasdale, Lisa Barlow, Will Hersey, Teo Van Den Broeke and Nick Millington.