The US Brompton race was won by Aaron Ritz and Beth Green. Both will be flying to England for the 5th Annual Brompton World Championships in October 3 at Blenheim Palace, England.
The Fairmount Park in Philadelphia was filled with 59 competitors on their Brompton bikes last March 20. This was the first ever Brompton Championship race in the US.
In the men’s division, Ritz finished the course in 18:28. His 2-speed Brompton S2L-X sped along the 6.2 mile course. David Wilcox of Broadway Bicycles in Jamaica Plain, MA, was the Men’s favorite rider but the time it took for him to unfold his bike at the beginning of the race was his blunder. Wilcox did his best and finished third while Peter Dalkner won the second place.
Green pointed out that that the race may seem silly but it was still a race. She also stressed that it was fun and it was a nice way to gather people who will race and some who are present at the park just to watch and hang out.
Green rode a single-speed Brompton S1E-X. She is also a competitive rowing coach and an employee of Trophy Bikes in Philadelphia.
Following suit of the Brompton racing in England, sports attire was not allowed, blazers and jackets are okay, helmets are a must, collared shirt and tie must be donned and the event had a Le Mans running start.