BROMP­TON WORLD CHAMPS

Urban Cyclist - - Agenda - Words: James Witts Pho­tog­ra­phy: Bromp­ton

T his year’s Bromp­ton World Champs took place on a typ­i­cal UK sum­mer’s day – tor­ren­tial rain poured from the dark, grey skies. But the heav­ens open­ing didn’t stop 400 rid­ers from 27 coun­tries adorn­ing their finest city garb to ride their fold­ers around the tem­po­rary St James Park race track.

The race started with a Le Mans-style dash, rid­ers un­fold­ing their bikes be­fore tak­ing on the 16km cir­cuit. Mark Em­s­ley, thrice Brom­ley world cham­pion, took an early lead but, for once, mis­judged his pac­ing and was soon swamped by his com­pe­ti­tion.

Still, come the fi­nal lap, the world ti­tle re­mained wide open… and what an amaz­ing last lap it proved to be. Un­be­liev­ably, a sex­tet of rid­ers fin­ished the race at 26: 25mins, but by just a sin­gle cen­time­tre, Cata­lan cy­clist Unai Al­varez Mos­quera took the men’s crown. Vo­jtech Blaze­jovsky fin­ished se­cond with Ni­cholas Mu­gridge in third. The men’s vet­eran vic­tor fol­lowed a whisker later, Ti­bor Ba­bos cross­ing the line in 26: 26mins.

The women’s race was mem­o­rable, too, though more for the dom­i­nance of win­ner, El­speth Huyett. Huyett left her fe­male com­pe­ti­tion for dead, cross­ing the line in 28: 02mins – nearly 1: 30mins ahead of se­cond-placed Jen­nifer Al­lum. Mayumi Ku­mazaki came third.

There were also team hon­ours up for grabs in Lon­don with Bromp­ton Fac­tory Rac­ing claim­ing the men’s ti­tle, while Ger­man team Ham­burgfi­ests won the women’s race.

RE­SULTS

Men 1 Unai Al­varez Mos­quera 2 Vo­jtech Blaze­jovsky 3 Ni­cholas Mu­gridge Women 1 El­speth Huyett 2 Jen­nifer Al­lum 3 Mayumi Ku­mazaki

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