On Saturday 29th July 2017 the Brompton World Championship Final race took place as part of Prudential RideLondon for the third year.
In true British style, it was a wet summer’s day but that didn’t stop over 400 riders (from 27 countries) dressing up in their best ‘city-style’ and riding around the St James Park race track.
On arrival riders were greeted with a race pack including rider number and timing chip and invited into the hospitality area to join their fellow riders and guests. Whilst waiting for the race to begin, riders and their guests entertained themselves with a range of cycling themed activities including; flag printing with the team from Drink, Shop & Do and Cambridge Satchel Company offering personalised embossing of their CSC x Brompton luggage range.
Delicious food was provided by Sophie’s Steakhouse and Gail’s Bakery to keep the riders energised pre-race and the drink for the guests were flowing from Boodles Gin and Fentimans thanks to their team of butlers on hand to serve. In keeping with the British theme Tregothnan tea, the Cornish tea company were keeping everyone refreshed.
The BWC race started at 19.15 which allowed plenty of time to test the riders folding skills with a friendly game of ‘Fastest Fold’. Many Brompton lovers confidently rose to the challenge but only was crowned the winner. The winner of the Fastest Fold, Ivo Petrous, was presented with a month’s supply of Clif Bars and a bottle of Boodles Gin to keep him energised on all his Brompton adventures.
Fastest fold contender.
When the time for the race drew closer, all riders made their way on to the race course. The race course covered eight laps around St James’ Park, past Buckingham Palace and down The Mall. The race included national champions from BWC Final qualifying events around the world.
Le Mans-style dash.
Before the race began, all bikes were placed on one end of the track in front of the riders. The race started with a Le Mans-style dash, riders unfolded their bikes before taking on the 16km circuit. Spectators cheered on as riders rushed passed them on their Bromptons. Mark Emsley, 3 time BWC final winner took a strong lead at the beginning but was overtaken by others determined to win. From the crowd Barbour could spot all the fantastic outfits people were wearing and chose their ‘best dressed winners’ whilst they were speeding past us.
The final lap of the race saw all participants giving it their all to reach the end and what an amazing finish it was. 6 riders finished the race at 26:25 mins, but by only a centimetre ahead Catalan cyclist, Unai Alvarez Mosquera was crowned the new BWC final winner. Winners of the Veteran category were not far behind with a jaw dropping 26:26 minutes by Tibor Babos following Unai very closely and 29:32 minutes by Giuliana Massarotto. Elspeth Huyett, was crowned the winner in the women’s category, coming in at an amazing 28:02 minutes. Brompton Factory Racing team came first (between 25-26 minutes) in the overall group category, followed closely by the winners in the Veteran group category at an impressive 26 minutes. Female team winners were Hamburgfiests coming in between 26-28 minutes, well known amongst Bromptoners for their active social presence in Germany.
Last but not least was the presentation for the best dressed male and female who were awarded their very own limited edition BarbourXBrompton Bromley jacket for the best dressed female and Merton jacket for the best dressed male. Floor Dirks from the Netherlands won the best dressed female and the male best dressed prize went to Mehmet Bagbozan from Turkey, who was delighted to appear on the front of The Sunday Telegraph the following day.