Saturday marks the start of the Brompton World Championships and you could say I have been looking forward to it all year. If truth be told I was looking forward to it as soon as I finished the 2012 event! It is the highlight of my cycling year bar none.
As I did last year I will be participating in the Brompton Treble. This will involve two events on Saturday - Sprint and Eliminator and the big one - the Brompton World Championships on Sunday. It is going to be a very different event. Blenheim Palace is no more and hundreds of Bromptonians will descend upon Goodwood motor racing circuit.
I really enjoyed the Blenheim Palace circuit. It was a demanding mix of flats, hills and descents. The route was also interesting on the eye. I don't think that the Goodwood circuit can compete of this front but I actually relish the change. Goodwood will be fast and flat out and be demanding in different ways to Blenheim. Many Bromptonians have bemoaned the move away from Blenheim but I say a change is good and keeps things interesting! Who knows in a few years Brompton may decide to choose another location?
My Titanium Orange Brompton is almost ready for its first outing in race conditions at a Brompton event. Part of me says that I should really use my Original Orange Brompton for Sunday but I love my Titanium Orange Brompton so it will have to have a rest day.
I have taken off the Kojak tyres I had on my bike and replaced then with a brand new fresh set. These have bigger logos and look great! I have also replaced the original inner tubes that came with the bike for the better Schwalbe AV4's.
My knee is almost back to normal but as I wanted to go on a few gentle training rides that contained hills I decided to take off the 54T chainring for the 50T. I will decide later tomorrow whether or not the legs are up to the 54T. I must say thought that I really like the 54T and when my knee is 100% I suspect I will be putting it back on. All that remains for me to do it to give the bike the once over, clean and lube the chain and I should be ready.
Saturday is going to be an interesting experience and I am really looking forward to the Eliminator event. I suspect Sunday is going to be quite special as the number of riders is set to increase. Although the Brompton World Championships is part of Orbital Festival at Goodwood I would say that Brompton bikes and Bromptonians will dominate.
If you are racing or spectating and we haven't met please introduce yourself and say hello. I am sure that you'll be able to spot Mr Orange among the hundreds of riders!