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  • Jun 13 2012

    Brompton US Championship • 2012 — Post-race Round-up

    the top finishers in the men's and women's divisions celebrate atop the podium after the race with their hands in the air
    Susan Todzy of Rochester, MN and Wallace Alexander of Minneapolis celebrate their respective wins

    We ended the weekend with coat-tails flying at the Brompton US Championship • 2012. Thank you to all who helped make this event a race to remember: Open Streets Minneapolis, Brompton Bicycles Ltd, Best-dressed judge John Meegan and everyone at Top Shelf, Aaron from Minneapolis Musette for his scintillating play-by-play commentary, Mayor RT Rybak, Brooks, Twin Six, Schwalbe, Banjo Brothers, and Nutcase.

    Most of all, thank you to this year's participants and to those who helped cheer the racers on as we kicked-off Open Streets 2012 in style. Read on for the race results and links to the coverage of the race around the web.

    a collage of photos from the Brompton US Championship 2012

    Women's Division:

    • 1st Place — Susan Todzy
    • 2nd Place — Megan Turak
    • 3rd Place — Sophie Breen
    • Best-Dressed — Susan Todzy
    a collage of photos from the Brompton US Championship 2012

    Men's Division:

    • 1st Place — Wallace Alexander
    • 2nd Place — Pedro Becquer
    • 3rd Place — Spencer Morse
    • Best-Dressed — Spencer Morse
    a collage of photos from the Brompton US Championship 2012
    a collage of photos from the Brompton US Championship 2012

    Championship coverage around the web:

    • Top finishers Wallace and Pedro neck-and-neck in the Pioneer Press
    • Participant Mark Skoine in his homemade Union-Jack helmet in the Pioneer Press 
    • Chris Eidem shares a break-down of the race from the rider's perspective on his blog "Fat Boy Biking"
    • Read *near* all-around-champion Spencer Morse's race recap at his blog "Why I Ride"
    • Cycle Twin Cities put together a great recap of the event earlier this week, including video and photos
    • Urban Velo's Scott Klocksin sums up the race with a video of the starting sprint and brief commentary
    • See more pictures and add your own in the shop's BUSC2012 Flickr group
    • Watch the shop staff's pre-race Brompton alley cat here

    Photos by Perennial Cycle staff Martha Garcés & Kat McCarthy © Perennial Cycle, 2012

  • Jun 07 2012

    Brompton US Championship Weekend • The Nitty-Gritty

    Brompton US Championship • 2012 • Sunday, June 10

    We couldn't be more excited to be just days away from the Brompton US Championship 2012, to be held this Sunday, June 10 in Minneapolis. You've read the basics in our previous post on the event—now for the nitty-gritty details of the weekend's festivities.

    Saturday, June 9 — Let's Party!

    Whether you're racing Sunday or not, you're invited to enjoy music, food & drink at our Registration and Packet pick-up Party at Perennial Cycle from 5:30–8:30pm. What to bring: cash if you'd like to dine with us, your bike (Brompton or otherwise!), and a friend. All are welcome. 

    MUSIC:

    Our own Jon Nielsen will be playing from 7–8 p.m.

    NOSH:

    Potter's Pasties food truck will be selling pasties from 5:30–8 p.m. with traditional, chicken, vegetarian Thai, pulled pork and sausage pasties and sides. Potter's will also keep you hydrated with a variety of sodas, water, ginger-mint limeade, and Vietnamese coffees. For details, view the menu here.

    We'll be serving ice cream, donated by Banjo Bros., between 6–8 p.m.

    ACTIVITIES:

    • Fold to the Death in a Folding Duel — Challenge a fellow party-goer to a folding duel on stage.
    • Time your fastest fold on stage
    • Hop in the Photo Booth for a chance to get your picture taken with a limited edition tri-coloured Jubilee Brompton, designed in celebration of Her Majesty the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, or a limited edition Vic Lee inspired Brompton.

    PRIZES & DEALS:

    • Raffle prizes include Nutcase Union-Jack helmets, men's and women's Twin Six apparel, Walz caps, and other cycling accessories. There will be multiple opportunities to get your name in the hat throughout the evening.
    • Perennial Cycle will be offering free registration for Sunday's event to anyone who buys an in-stock Brompton at the party.

    POST-PARTY PUB-RIDE:

    Following Saturday's party, we'll be heading out on a pub-ride as a group to Merlin's Rest, so don't forget to bring your Brompton, your folding friends, or your preferred bike or trike to ride with us. Sales Manager Greg Neis will be leading the ride.

    Sunday, June 10 — Brompton US Championship • 2012

    If you haven't already registered, there's still time to get a chance at the top prize—a trip to England to compete in the Brompton World Championship—at perennialcycle.com. All are welcome to spectate and cheer the participants on.

    TIMING:

    8:30–9:40 a.m. Pre-race Check-in at W 34th Street and Lyndale Ave S. Tea and Scones by A Baker's Wife provided for all registered participants.

    10 a.m. - sharp - Participants will start the race with a Le Mans running start to their folded Bromptons, unfold as fast as they can, and head into the first lap of six. A UCI (International Cycling Union) representative will be present to officiate the competition

    11 a.m. Folding Competition, open to participants and spectators alike. Race participants may partake in the Folding Competition free of charge. For $5, others may have a chance to get their names in the bracket. A prize will awarded to the fastest folder.

    11:30 a.m. Awards Presentation with representatives from Perennial Cycle and John McConaghay of Brompton.

    AWARDS:

    prizes include a Twin Six jersey, Nutcase Union-Jack Helmet, a Carradice Zipped Roll, and Kojak Tires

    Best Dressed — John Meegan of Top Shelf will judge the sartorial elegance of all of the Championship's entrants and award a custom-made shirt, created with up to 30 measurements to guarantee the perfect fit, to one man and one woman with impeccable style.

    Fastest Fold — The folder with most finesse will go home with a set of Schwalbe 16x1¼ Kojaks for his or her Brompton.

    3rd Place, Men's/Women's Divisions — One men's and one women's Twin Six Jersey

    2nd Place, Men's/Women's Divisions — One men's and one women's Brooks B-17 Saddle (B-17 & B-17S)

    1st Place, Men's & Women's Champion — A trip to the Brompton World Championship in England for the first place finishers in the men's and women's divisions

    One man and one woman will win a trip to compete in the Brompton World Championship 2012

    OPEN STREETS!

    All registered participants and guests are encouraged to participate in the Open Streets Minneapolis event following the race. Lyndale will be open to cyclists, pedestrians, and other non-motorized modes of transport through 4 p.m. Sunday.

  • Jan 14 2012

    Urban Cycling by Katie King Rumford


    Urban Cycling is an online book written and designed by Katie King Rumford. The design is very pleasing and the content is inspiring.
    Definitely worth checking out.

    This from the webpage:

    "Urban Cycling is a book dedicated to addressing the problems of biking in urban areas by suggesting alternatives and solutions to problems. Urban Cycling is a final student project for a graduate level graphic design program. Photography and copy have been cited."

    Read the book here:  Urban Cycling

  • Sep 13 2011

    Music Tour on Wheels

    Over the years I had many conversations with musicians about doing a music tour on bicycle. I have helped a number of them figure out how to travel with instruments, but none of them quite got a bicycling music tour on the road.

    A few years ago I was linked (via ecovelo.info) to a pair of musicians that were actually doing a musical tour by bicycle. I was in awe of their accomplishment and watched videos of them on the road and I was truly amazed.

    The two musicians were Peter Mulvey and Brianna Lane. Peter and Brianna are currently on another cycling music tour which ends this weekend in Minneapolis.

    We are having a reception for Peter and Bri this Sunday at 3pm (Sept 18th) at the bike shop. Treats will be provided and some music will be played and we'll end it all by having a group ride to the Aster Café for their end of tour performance.

    Peter (Bacchetta Giro 20) and Brianna (Handsome Devil) will be available to chat about their experiences riding and playing.

    To see the two of them jamming together:

    Links for Peter Mulvey and Brianna Lane:

    PeterMulvey.com

    BriannaLane.com

    Follow their tour on Twitter @ IRodeMyBicycle

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