Where: Goodwood Motor Circuit, Claypit Lane, Westhampnett, West Sussex PO18 0PH
What is it?
For those of you who prefer your pedal power to petrol, the 8th Brompton World Championship takes place at the Goodwood Motor Circuit as part of the Orbital Cycling Festival this July. This is the biggest folding bike race in the world and over 1000 Brompton riders are expected to take part.
A set of three events will be taking place over the weekend of 27th – 28th July. The Sprint and The Eliminator will take place on Saturday and the World Championship on Sunday. Anyone wishing to stay the whole weekend can even camp at Goodwood.
The World Championship has a Le Mans-style start and is a fast 15km course with previous entrants including the likes of former Commonwealth champion Michael Hutchinson and four-time Vuelta a Españawinner Roberto Herras. It is said that the race is not for the faint-hearted but the strict dress code of jacket, tie and absolutely no Lycra keeps it a fun and quirky event.
There are also junior races for the 12 – 18 year olds and veteran races for the over 50s. Prizes are awarded for the fastest male and female, the fastest veteran, the fastest junior and of course the best dressed competitor.
The Brompton World Championship was first staged by Koos Kroon, Brompton’s Spanish distributor, in Barcelona in 2006 and has grown rapidly since. This year the championship has joined the Orbital Cycling Festival for a weekend of cycling races and events.
As part of the Orbital Cycling Festival there are other unusual events taking place at Goodwood including the Pit Lane Brawl, a close combat urban street race which uses the tunnels, stairs, gantries, the paddock and the pits at the circuit for an unconventional bike race. Another event taking place is the Dirty Critter cross race which involves pavement, wooded trails, grass, inclines and obstacles often requiring the rider to quickly dismount.