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  • 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.

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