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Posted on 31 October 2015
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Steve Haynes: American Revolutions

On April 19, 1775, at the Old North Bridge in Concord, Massachusetts, a skirmish broke out between the local armed militia and British Army regulars. The clash resulted in what Ralph Waldo Emerson would later dub "the shot heard 'round the world." An idea had snapped suddenly into reality. The American Revolution had begun.

Some 240 years later, in the Fall of 2015, another British force stood tall on that very same bridge. Steve Haynes had an idea of his own: armed only with his Brompton and an intrepid spirit, he'd cycle his way down the east coast, stopping at the sites of significant battles of the American Revolution before shadowing General George Washington's victory march to Virginia. His destination: The Brompton World Championship USA in Richmond, Virginia.

Over the course of the ensuing 807 miles, Steve and his Brompton wound their way through Boston, New York, Delaware, Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Washington DC. Along the way, they explored Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, Mount Vernon - George Washington's home, the site of the famous Delaware River winter crossing by General Washington and his army, and the national monuments in Washington, DC before finally ending up in Richmond for the BWC USA. 

"The event was so much fun, and I certainly recommend it to every Bromptoneer," Steve said of his first Brompton World Championship. "The race was a real spectacle, and catching up with all the other riders afterwards was really interesting."

Check out some of Steve's photos from his tour below. For the full story and for news about his forthcoming book about the adventure, stay tuned to his website: www.adventuresby.bike