Registration for the Brompton World Championships cropped up on me quite suddenly this morning. It has come round quickly and with so much going on of late I had to do a bit of rescheduling to ensure that I would be in front of a computer at noon today - the allotted time.
Unfortunately, due to technical reasons with the registration site this process was put back until tomorrow at 09:00. Minor disaster. Tomorrow is going to be a very hectic day and I have doubts whether I will be in an area with an internet connection let alone access to a computer. Lots of fellow Bromptonians vented their anger and frustrations and I did something I don't recall doing since I was 10 years old - I started to sulk! I even sent a tweet to Brompton saying I wasn't impressed.
During the five or so minutes I relived my childhood sulking, it soon dawned on me that perhaps I shouldn't be so truculent.
The people at Brompton were probably pulling their hair out as they almost certainly wanted to start the registration process today. History tells anything involving large numbers of people trying to access the Internet for purposes such as this is fraught with difficulties.
In addition to this, thoughts turned to the Factory Ride last year. At this, Brompton organised a fun ride, provided great food/refreshments and opened up their factory to Brompton owners.
I am not sure I will be able to register tomorrow morning and will now have to take my chances when I get home from my travels or try Thursday. It would of course have been great if I could have got it all out of the way today but alas it was not to be.
The Brompton World Championships is a fantastic event and it is because of this that so many Brompton owners from all over the world want to take part. So, even thought it is annoying that things didn't run as smoothly as we are used to from Brompton, these things happen and I am left with one thought...I still love you Brompton!
It seems as if it wasn't poor Brompton I should have been sulking at for fives minutes but Orbital the organisers of the cycling festival as they posted a message on Brompton's FaceBook page where they explained that there were indeed problems with the booking system. They nobly fell on their sword directing those who wanted to vent their frustrations at them.
As I said, these things happen and tomorrow I will attempt to do it all again. I say attempt as I will be travelling to a secret location that I am certain many of you will find of great interest!!! More on that tomorrow hopefully, so keep reading...