Thirty one nationalities were represented at the 2011 Brompton World Championships at the weekend, which saw 673 riders take to the track.
The event was part of the Breast Cancer Care Bike Blenheim Palace Festival of Cycling, which included an 'event village' featuring a number of brands from the trade, including Bike Soup, Clif Bar, Cycling Weekly, the Oxford Cycle Workshop and British Cycling.
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“We’ve set new records for the event including the biggest ever turnout and the fastest time ever set, thirty seconds faster than the previous record set by Robero Herras," commented Katharine Horsman, the event organiser. "Not only that but we’ve also had a lot of fun with afternoon tea, music and games, all in all, a great day.”
Brompton MD Will Butler-Adams added: “What started out as a fun little event six years ago is fast becoming a slightly eccentric British institution, a rite of passage for Brompton riders to get together at this amazing venue and show that these bikes can really perform and have a bit of a laugh along the way. It’s great to see all types here: élite to casual riders, all dressed up and having fun on the same ride.
“I think the best dressed category is the one that everyone wants to win, this year we really upped the stakes by offering the fantastic Brompton Oratory Jacket as a prize. We saw everything from grand moustaches, to boating outfits and even more creative interpretations such as a Rupert the Bear inspired offering. It all ensures that we don’t take it too seriously, although I will point out I got 78th this year which is my best position yet...”