How I won one of the most lucrative bike races in the world on 16 inch wheels

We caught up with Alec Briggs, the man who won £10,048 in the World Cycling Revival Brompton race - Briggs is planning to buy a shed in London with his winnings

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It had greater winning prize money than the UCI World Cup. There can’t be many bike races which provide such a yield for the distance travelled. Anticipation was high as 48 riders from around the world raced for a £10,048 cash prize, provided by Brompton, at the recent World Cycling Revival.

Invented by Andrew Ritchie in his bedroom in 1975, Brompton bikes are best known as the tool of the commuter. But the iconic brand has a passion for having fun, too, and in addition to the Brompton World Championships held again this year, the “48 Invitational” race pitched seasoned Brompton racers with former and current pro cyclists. With £10,048 on the line, or around £4,500 per mile, the stakes couldn’t be higher.

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Michelle Arthurs-Brennan

Michelle Arthurs-Brennan the Editor of Cycling Weekly website. An NCTJ qualified traditional journalist by trade, Michelle began her career working for local newspapers. She's worked within the cycling industry since 2012, and joined the Cycling Weekly team in 2017, having previously been Editor at Total Women's Cycling. Prior to welcoming her daughter in 2022, Michelle raced on the road, track, and in time trials, and still rides as much as she can - albeit a fair proportion indoors, for now.