STYLISH competitors donned their bow ties and jackets for the smartest international cycling competition – the Brompton World Championships.
More than 700 riders from Japan, Chile, Taiwan, Australia, the United States and Mexico gathered together at Goodwood Motor Circuit to compete for the world title on the folding bicycles.
Starting with a mad dash to unfurl the bicycles, the race is a 15km stretch, with riders spurred on by cheering crowds.
Will Butler-Adams, managing director of Brompton Bicycle, said: “This event is of paramount importance to us at Brompton, it is our biggest opportunity to give something back to the Brompton community and meet the people from all over the world who ride our bikes.”
Several countries had already held their own national championships and the winners were flown to the UK to compete. The strict dress code of jackets, ties and smart attire was skilfully interpreted by riders who this year wore uniform, national costumes and mini skirts for the highly-competitive event.
The winner was Mark Emsley who completed the four circuits in just over 23 minutes, wearing a decorated blue suit. The fastest woman, Manuela De Luvis, took 24 minutes 11 seconds.
Avryl Bavister from Tangmere and David Parsons from Hunston, both over 80, were supported by fellow members of the local Cyclists Touring Club, finishing in 41 minutes.
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