Brompton World Championship USA
The Brompton World Championship is a racing event featuring only Brompton folding bikes. Initially held in
Barcelona in 2006, the BWC has grown to comprise qualifying heats in fifteen countries with a final in the UK.
This year, BWC USA returns to the west coast and the Sea Otter Classic for the second time.
The race features a Le Mansstyle start in which participants sprint to their folded bikes, unfold as quickly as possible and start racing. Riders must follow the strict dress code which reflects the heritage of the event: all participants must wear a suit jacket, collared shirt and neck tie, with no visible sportswear (such as Lycra) allowed.
“Over the years, we’ve seen just about every two wheeled thing imaginable,” said Richard Fries, event announcer at the Sea Otter Classic since 2000. “But without a doubt, the funnest experience proved to be the Brompton race in 2016. The expanse of Laguna Seca framing the frugal and humble figures of that event fostered contagious smiles.”
This uniquely competitive and singularly sartorial event returns to Sea Otter after first holding the event here in 2016. The course consists of five laps around Laguna Seca Recreation Area for a total of eleven miles. Race categories include Men, Women, Veterans (age 50+) and Teams (3 – 5 members), with the fastest overall man and woman winning entry into the BWC final in London in July.