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Fast folder-riders to flock to Sussex circuit

Folding bike maker Brompton has announced that the Brompton World Championships will again place at the Orbital Cycling Festival at Goodwood on the weekend of July 26-27.

And there’s not just the race for the coveted title of world’s greatest Bromptoneer to contend for, the Bromptonites are staging two other events in addition to the 15km championship race round the Goodwood circuit.

As in the last couple of years, the Brompton Treble challenge also includes the Brompton Sprint and a non-competitive 42km Brompton Marathon.

The marathon includes visits to local businesses (we hope that’s a euphemism for pubs and cafes) in the picturesque West Sussex countryside.

Super-competitive riders are invited to tackle all three and compete for the title of Treble Champion.

If you need more training or practice there are more then 10 Brompton national championship events between now and July.

Here’s Brompton’s promo video to whet your appetite:

And here’s last year’s video from the event:

Everything you need to know about the Brompton World Championship and national championship events, is over on the BWC website

Brompton makes final 100 of European Business Awards

In other British-made folding bike company news, Brompton has made the final 100 of the 2013/14 European Business Awards and has therefore been named as a recipient of the Ruban d’Honneur as well as being chosen as one of 10 finalists in the import/export category. The 10 overall category winners are due to be announced in Athens on May 27.

Brompton managing director Will Butler-Adams said: “Recognition like the Ruban d’Honneur is a milestone for how far we’ve come, having seen exports grow to 80 percent of the business in 25 years of full time production. We are a British business but Europe is one of our most important markets."

Our official grumpy Northerner, John has been riding bikes for over 30 years since discovering as an uncoordinated teen that a sport could be fun if it didn't require you to catch a ball or get in the way of a hulking prop forward.

Road touring was followed by mountain biking and a career racing in the mud that was as brief as it was unsuccessful.

Somewhere along the line came the discovery that he could string a few words together, followed by the even more remarkable discovery that people were mug enough to pay for this rather than expecting him to do an honest day's work. He's pretty certain he's worked for even more bike publications than Mat Brett.

The inevitable 30-something MAMIL transition saw him shift to skinny tyres and these days he lives in Cambridge where the lack of hills is more than made up for by the headwinds.

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oozaveared [940 posts] 2 years ago
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My mate does this. He's a proper roadie mind but this is just so much fun. Maybe I should get a Brompton.....

Rule 12 could be invoked Though a Bromton may well represent "s" in the alternative equation.

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turboprannet [153 posts] 2 years ago
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this is great news - really enjoyed it last year and hope to go again in 2014

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Bikesoup [22 posts] 2 years ago
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Hello,
For serious roadies there will be a 10k TT, a handicap road race with £5k prize pot (Sat PM), the Orbital 4-man Team Treble (TT + Scratch + Relay) and a keirin too. These Orbital events will be released shortly..... And we'll be doing an MTB enduro + MTB / CX Off-road sportive..... And a non-timed 'Meander' along same format as Brompton Marathon.

All race entries include entry into Orbital too (unlike last year). Parking is now free (unlike last year) and camping moved even closer to circuit too....

We're even doing a recumbent race too.

www.orbitalfestival.com - being updated constantly.

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Gkam84 [9086 posts] 2 years ago
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Where is the mention of the recumbent ride out and racing??  20 20

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Bikesoup [22 posts] 2 years ago
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Hello,
See the post above yours.....  16
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Gkam84 [9086 posts] 2 years ago
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Still don't see anything about recumbents in your post....I know about the festival.

The only reason I know about it is though ICE trikes. I won't be going though, because the choice is, go for a ride out or do the recumbent racing, the time schedule doesn't leave time for both.

Even on the flyer, it has EVERY kind of cycling you can think of....except recumbent http://orbitalfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/orbital_flyer3-2.jpg

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Bikesoup [22 posts] 2 years ago
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Hello. Not really into tit for tat but surely 'We're even doing a recumbent race too.' includes recumbent ??????

That flyer was from last September..... Life moves on you know.....

Anyway, we're very close to agreeing on a format for the weekend with ICE Trikes, that will include 2 other recumbent events at Orbital. But you won't be going anyway..... Hopefully lots of other trike riders will be and we can help to get lots more bums of laid back seats, like last year  1