Prudential RideLondon event will host the folding bike world championships on Saturday, July 30

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The Brompton World Championships will return to London for 2016, with the Prudential RideLondon cycling festival hosting the 11th edition of the prestigious folding-bike event on Saturday, July 30.

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The unique event sees over 500 riders taking part on the small-wheeled folding bikes favoured by city commuters.

Naturally, there is a No Lycra rule in place – all participants are encouraged to be properly attired for a day in the office: ties and suit jackets. Shorts or three-quarter length trousers are allowed, and riders can wear any form of footwear.

Those taking part may be encouraged to wear non-racing clothing, but the event is certainly still hotly contested. Don’t let the plethora of bowler hats and briefcases fool you.

After starting on The Mall, riders must complete eight laps of St James’s Park in a criterium-style race.


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If you fancy your chances in the race, online registration for the event is open now. Once registered, your name will go forward to a ballot and 575 riders will be given the chance to compete. The £40 entry fee covers electronic timing and a goody bag for all participants.

Previous editions of the event have sold out quickly. For more information and online entry, visit the Prudential RideLondon website.

As well as the Brompton champs, Prudential RideLondon includes men’s and women’s elite races, a closed-roads sportive and family ride in the centre of the capital.