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."

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