SOC16: Brompton Folding Bike Race

The Brompton World Championship USA took place on the west coast for the first time in its 10 year history. In place of the stretchy fabric ubiquitous to cycling, the “Bromptoneers” were resplendent in suits, ties, dresses and pantsuits.

The Brompton World Championship USA took place on the west coast for the first time in its 10 year history. The unsanctioned race brought together a collection of racers with some particularities that distinguish the Brompton race from any other race involving two wheels – the most notable being that the event is for folding bikes only. In a nod to the commuting roots that folding bikes have grown out of, the riders are not allowed to display any visible lycra.

In place of the stretchy fabric ubiquitous to cycling, the “Bromptoneers” were resplendent in suits, ties, dresses and pantsuits. To reward their enthusiasm, a best costume is awarded at all Brompton World Champs. Another quirk of the Brompton World Championship is the Le Mans style start that begins all races. The participants are required to run to their bikes from the starting line, unfold and assemble before they can attempt the 5 laps around Laguna Seca.

The top men’s rider of the Brompton World Championship USA was Peter Yaskauskas from New York who wins flight and entry to the Brompton World Championship Final in London this summer. (#12)

The women’s title was taken by local favorite Karen Loutzenheiser from Monterey County Weekly who also wins flight and entry to the Brompton World Championship Final in London this summer.

Winner of the men’s best costume was Brian Derro for the men, and the winner of the women’s best costume was Mirna Cannon for the women.

Other prizes went to Chuck Ankeny from Freedom Folding Bikes for top men’s veteran rider and Charmaine Ruppolt for top women’s veteran who both received Green Oil, and the best team prize went to #BromptonNYC with each member receiving a Brooks Barbican Messenger Bag.

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