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Brompton Extravaganza Planned at Historic British Motor Circuit


Organisers and participants gear up for world’s largest folding bike race.

Famed for the motoring exploits of the likes of Stirling Moss and Graham Hill, Goodwood Motor Circuit is set to host an altogether different set of racing heroes this weekend. Coming from around the globe, competitors in the Brompton World Championship will battle it out for glory in the world’s largest folding bike race.

First staged in Barcelona in 2006, and now in its 8th year, this will be the first time the race will be held on a purpose built race circuit, having spent the past 5 years in the grounds of Blenheim Palace. Competitors and organisers alike are looking forward to the challenge of a new venue.

Event director Katharine Horsman said:

“We are very excited about the prospect of seeing over 900 Bromptoneers fly past the grandstand on such a historic circuit. The course is nice and flat, with only a few small inclines, so we are expecting some seriously high speed racing. Teams that can get their drafting together, Tour-de-France style, are sure to do well”.

For those concerned that taking inspiration from Froome and co. when racing folding bikes may be taking it all a bit too seriously, rest assured that one of the most hotly fought prizes is that of best-dressed. Keeping everything in line with their slightly eccentric British image, Brompton insist competitors don jacket, tie and have no Lycra visible. The most dapper male and female are picked by a strict judging panel for the much coveted prizes.

The World Championship takes place on Sunday 28th July but is part of a whole weekend of Brompton-racing and entertainment at the Orbital Cycling Festival; indeed, the Brompton Sprint and Brompton Eliminator will keep things lively on the track on Saturday. The three race events make up the Brompton Treble, which will see 100 hardy souls compete to get their hands on the top prize, a luxury weekend break at a Mr & Mrs Smith hotel.

Visitors will also be able to try their hand (and legs) at Brompton Roller-Racing courtesy of Rollapaluza. Artist Zabou will be doing a large scale, Brompton themed art installation over the weekend and Sunday afternoon will be capped off with the much loved afternoon tea.

Entry to the Brompton races is now closed; however, it is still possible to join in the rest of the fun, entry passes to Orbital festival are still available through the Orbital website.


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