Brompton Hill Climb 2018 as it happened – will this year’s be even better?
Saturday 19th May started hot and just got hotter, which more than made up for the hail and gales of previous years! The Brompton Hill Climb is now in its 4th year, and involves the riding of a small wheeled folding bicycle up the longest continuous gradient in England; a rise of 968 feet over 5 and a half miles. The course record on a Brompton is 24 minutes – highly respectable given that the road bike course record is nearly 16 minutes;
The last 3 years have seen some creative fancy dress ideas including Dracula, a full scuba diving suit and flippers, clowns, and many more. This year the majority of riders chose to dress up and I’ve no idea how some of them made it up the hill, especially considering the temperature! So, in no particular order, here are some of the faces (and one faceless rider) who helped to make last year’s hill climb such a fun affair.
Some stuck to lycra…not literally, although it was very very hot.
Here are some of the best fancy dress costumes from the day – considering the heat, a very impressive effort.
And then there was this…
Some had had their bikes groomed for the occasion! This very special Brompton was custom pimped with inline skate wheels, a green Brooks saddle, green valve caps, union jack mudflaps and a sparkling green paint job. Fran wins most blinged Brompton.
Riding a Brompton isn’t usually considered to be hazardous, but a couple of competitors were taking no chances and turned up in full face helmets…
And the views at the top made it well worth the climb. That and the ice – cream van!