The sixth Brompton World Championships took place yesterday, with time trial specialist Michael Hutchinson grabbing the men’s title. After two laps of the 6.5km course, the former Commonwealth Games athlete crossed the line in a record 21 minutes 15 seconds.
Rachel Elliott won the women's world title for the second year running, clocking 23:35. Both took home London-themed Brompton S6Ls for their efforts. Held as part of the Bike Blenheim Palace cycling festival, it was the fourth year running that the Brompton World Championships was held on British soil. It was an international affair, with 31 nationalities among the 673 riders taking part. The strict dress code – blazer, collared shirt and neck tie – was non-negotiable, with prizes on offer to the best dressed.
Speaking at the event, Will Butler-Adams, Brompton’s managing director, said: “What started out as a fun little event six years ago is fast becoming a slightly eccentric British institution, a rite of passage for Brompton riders to get together at this amazing venue and show that these bikes can really perform and have a bit of a laugh along the way. It’s great to see all types here – elite to casual riders, all dressed up and having fun on the same ride.”