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Gear up for the Brompton World Championships

And now for an entirely different kind of racing... plus marathon ride places still available

If the Olympics have whetted your appetite for competition, you can watch racing of an entirely different kind at the Brompton World Championships (BWC) at Blenheim later in the month. If you fancy riding, you can still enter the Brompton Marathon, although you’ll need to move fast because entries close on Sunday night.

Michael Hutchinson will be back to defend the BWC title he won last year. Hutchinson has competed for Great Britain in the Commonwealth Games for Great Britain and has numerous national time trial titles to his name. He also finished second to Roberto Heras (yes, that Roberto Heras; the one who won the Vuelta a few times) in the BWC in 2009. 

In the women’s event, Rachael Elliot will be looking to be the first to get a BWC hat-trick having won the 2011 and 2010 competitions. Anna Glowinski, presenter of ITV4’s Cycle Show, will also be a contender for the female title.

“The World Championship has always attracted a very competitive element, albeit a very well dressed one,” said event organiser Katharine Horsman. “We have had big names get involved in previous years but it looks like the 2012 competition could be the most hotly fought. We know a lot of people put in some pretty serious training for this and there is certainly scope for someone to come out of nowhere to take the prizes.”

If you want to get involved in the Brompton event, which takes place on 19 August, there are still some places available in the Brompton Marathon – a 26-mile sportive in the Cotswold countryside. You should be back in time to see the BWC race before enjoying complimentary afternoon tea in the Brompton tent.

Registration for the Marathon closes at midnight on Sunday, 5 August. Visit the racing section on the Brompton website to find out more. 

As well as the three major Brompton events (Marathon, World Championship and Sprint), there is lots of other Brompton entertainment taking place over the weekend at the Bike Blenheim Palace festival of cycling, including head to head roller racing on Bromptons (provided by South Coast Sprints), a Q&A session with Brompton inventor Andrew Ritchie on the Saturday afternoon, and other Brompton-based challenges including the much-loved fastest fold competition.


Mat has been in cycling media since 1996, on titles including BikeRadar, Total Bike, Total Mountain Bike, What Mountain Bike and Mountain Biking UK, and he has been editor of 220 Triathlon and Cycling Plus. Mat has been technical editor for over a decade, testing bikes, fettling the latest kit, and trying out the most up-to-the-minute clothing. We send him off around the world to get all the news from launches and shows too. He has won his category in Ironman UK 70.3 and finished on the podium in both marathons he has run. Mat is a Cambridge graduate who did a post-grad in magazine journalism, and he is a winner of the Cycling Media Award for Specialist Online Writer. Now over 50, he's riding road and gravel bikes most days for fun and fitness rather than training for competitions.

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Darkerside | 75 posts | 11 years ago

I think maybe an Optimist towing a drogue would be of equivalent performance to a boris bike...

Paul M | 363 posts | 11 years ago

Here's an idea. Why not have Wiggo, Cav, Froome et al, plus all the other road race/time trial competitors, do a Boris Bike race around Hyde Park? It would be interesting to see how fast the blue meanies can actually be persuaded to go.

It's a bit like one-design racing in dinghy sailing. Occasionally all the stars get out of their Finns or Lasers to race in training boats like Fevas or Picos.

Doctor Fegg | 168 posts | 11 years ago

Great event. Looking forward to it.

Shame that Blenheim's cycle-friendliness only extends to one weekend a year, though. I'd like to see them permit cycling on a couple of the estate roads for the other 363 days - it'd provide a very useful alternative to the dangerous local A roads.

As it is, it's almost impossible to get across that bit of Oxfordshire by bike without taking your life in your hands.

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