Sunday 31 May 2020

Will there be another Brompton World Championships?

I wonder if the the title for this blog post had you worried? The Brompton World Championships is quite simply a wonderful event - the most fun participate in/watch and just a genius idea of mad Brompton-geeks racing their bikes! In recent years it has been massively oversubscribed with only the lucky few gaining a place.

The RideLondon event has of course been cancelled for this August, which means the Ride100 (yours truly was going to do that on an Orange Brompton) and the BWC which was part of it - and in my opinion the best thing about the whole weekend - sadly but understandably will not take place.

Where does this all leave the BWC for 2021 and beyond? Well at the start of the year the event organisers were searching for a new sponsor for the event after the contract with Prudential ended this year. To date I am unaware of any sponsor being appointed.

Almost a year ago the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan and Transport for London announced that the event organisers - London Marathon Events - had been tasked to deliver RideLondon, from 2021 to 2030. Good news.

Will Brompton be there in 2021? I would say that it would seem very unlikely they would give it a miss. Iconic brand, iconic event, iconic location, wonderful marketing opportunities...the list goes on and on. If there is to be an event for 2021 I would find it a surprise if Brompton weren't there. This is of course dependent on the 'C' word behaving itself.

Of course what you have to do now is stroke your lucky rabbits foot, make sure you have a four-leaf clover and start the training!!

Keep safe out there people!!


  1. There is always the Urban Hill Climb, folding bike category! Last year, as there were no ex-pro ringers there and it is after all a time-trial, we collectively decided against the unfold at the start. Immensely fun event with great atmosphere, if it happens again.

    1. Tel me more about it? Is that the one that goes up Swaines Lane?

    2. Yes! Had a folding bike category the last two years. Might come under 'alternative fun', but a fantastic day out. London Cycling Campaign took over the event at the last minute last year and did a great job. I hope they're able to repeat that. It's amazing how a load of people ringing cowbells can get you through the pain.


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