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.
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."
Acknowledged by the Telegraph as a leading cycling journalist, John Stevenson has been writing about bikes and cycling for over 30 years since discovering that people were mug enough to pay him for it rather than expecting him to do an honest day's work.
He was heavily involved in the mountain bike boom of the late 1980s as a racer, team manager and race promoter, and that led to writing for Mountain Biking UK magazine shortly after its inception. He got the gig by phoning up the editor and telling him the magazine was rubbish and he could do better. Rather than telling him to get lost, MBUK editor Tym Manley called John’s bluff and the rest is history.
Since then he has worked on MTB Pro magazine and was editor of Maximum Mountain Bike and Australian Mountain Bike magazines, before switching to the web in 2000 to work for CyclingNews.com. Along with road.cc editor Tony Farelly, John was on the launch team for BikeRadar.com and subsequently became editor in chief of Future Publishing’s group of cycling magazines and websites, including Cycling Plus, MBUK, What Mountain Bike and Procycling.
John has also written for Cyclist magazine, edited the BikeMagic website and was founding editor of TotalWomensCycling.com before handing over to someone far more representative of the site's main audience.
He joined road.cc in 2013 and these days he lives in Cambridge where the lack of hills is more than made up for by the headwinds.