3º Campeonato del Mundo en Brompton. 2008

Hubo un tiempo y un lugar donde mi bici plegable era la única; no tenía ni quería mas bicicleta. Con ella y durante unos 14 meses nos hicimos 10.000 km y hasta participé en un campeonato del mundo de bicicletas brompton. Fué el año pasado en barcelona y quedé en la posición 30.

Este año se celebrá el tercer campeonato mundial de brompton y se disputará en el Blenheim Palace en Oxfordshire, cerca de Londres.

Ahora he cambiado de "ambientes" y poco frecuento ya los pedales de mi plegable; algún día de lluvia puntual sigo aprovechando sus bisagras por los pasillos de las tristes estaciones de metro mojadas. Pero lo que me da "la nueva" ... no me lo da nadie mas. A lo bueno nos acostumbramos pronto.

Pero no tengo ninguna queja del comportamiento de la plegable.... muy al contrario...grandes momentos hemos vivido y los llevaré siempre en el recuerdo. Hoy me ha llegado un correo con el anuncio de las fechas del próximo campeonatocompetición. Os dejo aquí el correo y os animo a que si os lo podeis permitir .... os apunteis.

Dear Brompton Owner

We would like to cordially invite you to take part in the forthcoming Brompton World Championship 2008.

This will be the 3rd Brompton World Championship; the first two were held in Barcelona but this year sees the Championship come home to the country in which the bike is designed and built.

This year’s Brompton World Championship will be held on Sunday 28th September 2008 at Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire, as part of the Bike Blenheim Palace event. Blenheim Palace is opening up its grounds for the first time to a variety of different bike users; once the racing is over, the trails will be open to the general public to explore the grounds freely.

The World Championship promises to be bigger and better than ever before, but it is not a mass participation ride: it is a race, albeit with a sense of humour.

As in previous years, participants will be timed whilst completing a set number of laps over a specified course. The 2008 event will be held over 2 laps of a 6.5km course set in Blenheim Palace’s famous grounds, and taking in many of the key landmarks of this World Heritage site.

Rules for the event are not overly onerous, but poor dress sense will not be tolerated: a suit jacket, collared shirt and tie are de rigueur for participants; sports attire is not permitted, and Lycra shorts/leggings are specifically named, shamed and excluded. Competitors will be expected to demonstrate their folding skills in a Le Mans style start.

Prizes will be awarded for the fastest male, female, junior (under 17), veteran (60 plus) and team competitors, and also for the Best-Dressed.

The deadline for registration is Sunday 14th September 2008, but positions on the starting grid will be allocated on a first-registered, first-served basis; moreover, a provisional limit has been set at 500 competitors, so early booking is definitely recommended.

Full details may be found on the Brompton website:


Al que me apuntaré seguro es al que organizan para octubre el "hell in south".