The 8th Brompton World Championship, the biggest folding bike race in the world, has moved to Goodwood Motor Circuit as part of the Orbital Cycling Festival and is set to be bigger than ever.
The race, which together with the Brompton Eliminator and Brompton Sprint make up the acclaimed Brompton Treble set of events, will take place on the weekend of 27th - 28th July. Registration for the events, which in the past have sold out in a matter of days, opens at midday on 2nd April.
Goodwood Motor Circuit, famous for the Festival of Speed, has a bigger capacity than previous World Championship venues and organisers expect to see over 1,000 Brompton riders on the track. The Sprints and Eliminator will take place on Saturday and the World Championship on Sunday; camping facilities will be available for those wishing to be involved in both days and the event is expected to have a festival atmosphere.
Event organiser Katharine Horsman said:
“We are very excited to bring the Brompton World Championship and the challenge of the Brompton Treble to Orbital Cycling Festival. This is a historic racing venue and very fitting for a truly international competition.”
The 2012 race attracted over 800 registrants from 34 countries. Twelve National Championships are planned around the world for 2013, from Switzerland and Japan to Korea and the USA. The winners of these national events are rewarded with flights and entry into the World Championship.
With a Le Mans-style start, a fast 15km course and previous entrants including the likes of former Commonwealth champion Michael Hutchinson and four-time Vuelta a España winner Roberto Herras, the race is not for the faint-hearted. That said, the strict dress code of jacket, tie and absolutely no Lycra shows that the event is fun as well as competitive.
For more information on the Brompton World Championship please visit: bwc.brompton.co.uk
For more information on Orbital Cycling Festival the please visit: orbitalfestival.com